The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards

This prestigious award honours the very best early career female engineers working in the UK today

10 December 2014 | London, UK

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Laurie-Ann Benner
Reliability Engineer
PEME Process Control


After leaving Wisbech Grammar School, Laurie-ann started her advanced Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship with PEME Process Control. PEME provides its clients with professional mechanical and electrical expertise throughout the World, focusing on the Manufacturing and Food Processing Industries. During her apprenticeship she was awarded the PEME Special Recognition Award (2009), the College of West Anglia’s “Work Based Learning Apprentice of the Year” (2010) and the PEME Apprentice of the Year (2010).

As a qualified Mechanical Engineer, Laurie-ann has joined the PEME Reliability Team carrying out Condition Based Maintenance, utilising preventative maintenance techniques such as Thermal Imaging, Oil Analysis, Ultrasound diagnostics and Vibration Analysis. As a CBM Engineer Laurie-ann will complete breakdown investigation on major failures suggesting corrective actions by applying Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) techniques. After providing improvement recommendations Laurie-ann will work alongside the Maintenance team carrying out mechanical tasks and further developing a documented Maintenance Procedure for future training requirements. Laurie-ann has been instrumental in streamlining maintenance procedures, determining asset condition and predicting when maintenance is required, driving equipment performance and reducing downtime for key client contracts.
After a successful first year in the Reliability Team, Laurie-ann has taken on the role as mentor for the department’s new trainee.

In her spare time, Laurie-ann enjoys skiing and is a member of the Norfolk Snowsports Club where she has voluntarily helped in various freestyle club events. Laurie-ann has recently refurbished a dinghy which she sails with her husband.  Each year, Laurie-ann takes part in fundraising events, and has helped to raise over £25,000 for various charities including Papworth Hospital Charity, Make a Wish Foundation and Families Against Neuroblastoma. This year she organised and took part in an 88 mile walk, which raised over £2,000.

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