Graeme Watson, Wallace McDowall
Graeme first started with Wallace McDowall in June 2005 as a summer worker loading and unloading their paint-line. The company decided to offer Graeme an apprenticeship after noticing he was taking a keen interest in everything around him.
Graeme attended a six-month training period at Ayrshire College. After this he progressed on to day release at the College, focusing on Fabrication and Welding. During this time, he was also required to complete his SVQ which the company allowed him to focus on during working hours.
Graeme completed all aspects of his apprenticeship and became a time served Fabricator at Wallace McDowall in July 2009. During his time in the welding department he worked on a variety of product ranging from thin sheet metal parts to heavy gauge welding profiles for earth moving equipment.
Graeme continued to work in the welding department until an opportunity to apply for a Quality Inspector/Engineer position came up with Wallace McDowall in March 2011. As the company strongly believes in progressing their own workforce where possible, Graeme was successful and secured himself a position within the Quality department – where he carried out first article inspection on components, completing ISIRs/PPAPs, working with computerised inspection equipment and carrying out audits.
He was promoted again in January 2013 to Senior Quality Engineer, then again to his current position of Quality Manager in January 2014.
During Graeme’s time in Quality he has completed many achievements which include bespoke customer requirements on parts per million defects (PPM), reducing Wallace McDowall’s PPM for their biggest customer from 4,265 to as low as 142. This resulted in Wallace McDowall winning that customer’s continuous improvement award for their whole supply chain.
The same format was then implemented to review Wallace McDowall’s company performance as a whole and has helped reduce this from 11,412 to 879.
Graeme has been with the company for 15 years now and hopes for many more.