Camille Forget, Quality Assurance and Robot Safety Lead
Role: Quality Assurance and Robot Safety Lead, Intermediate
Academic background: Mechanical engineering technology and Bachelor of Automated Manufacturing Engineering
With Kinova since 2017
What is your role?
Support product development projects to ensure a quality product that is safe and meets regulatory requirements. This includes, among other things, the management of certification projects, carrying out risk management activities (safety and quality), and participating in design decisions in order to ensure compliance with the various applicable standards. I also occasionally answer questions from our customers regarding various regulatory requirements.
How would you explain it to your grandmother?
I make sure that the people that will use our products will be safe and satisfied with their experience.
What do you like most about your job?
I would say it is about successfully combining my fascination with technology with a human side by ensuring people's safety regarding our products. I find it very rewarding.
What brought you to the field of robotics?
I have a bachelor's degree in automated production engineering so robotics fits my background. I have always been drawn to robots, technology, and automated processes. When I was young I was fascinated by the TV show 'How It's Made' or the small robotics projects from my high school science club.
How is your role different from your other colleagues?
Working in quality assurance is a vocation in itself. It takes a deep love for things well done and analytical thinking to solve problems at their source. The rest can be learned! I would say you have to be able to learn by yourself because it is by working and reading that I have been able to acquire most of the knowledge that allows me to do my job well. One of the specificities of my job is that I have to see things from several angles at the same time. I have to think about the human beings who will use our product, their customer experience and their safety, regulatory requirements, the level of quality of the final product but also at the level of our assembly process and going back to the manufacturing of the parts that make up the product.
Does your role exist outside of the field of robotics? If yes, is it different in our field? How?
Parts of my job exist in other areas: quality assurance, regulatory compliance, functional safety. But having all these roles combined in one job is rather specific to the field of robotics. All of these things are interrelated in the case of my position so it’s very interesting.
How were your studies helpful to prepare you for your role?
My studies did not directly teach me how to work in quality, safety, or regulatory compliance. But my studies in engineering, specifically in automated production with a mechanical background, allowed me to understand how our products work, the principles that come into play when assessing risks or how to verify that the product design ensures the safety of the user, whether it is at the level of programming, electrical, mechanical design or even often, an amalgam of it all.
Outside of school, where did you acquire the knowledge and skills useful to your job?
I am extremely grateful that I had the opportunity to do several internships and technical summer jobs during my studies. It allowed me to experience all kinds of fields and to acquire a lot of knowledge on various subjects. It is very useful in a job like mine. For example, I have worked with robots and machines in several factories, I know the dangerous situations and the misuses that are sometimes made in order to take shortcuts. I can therefore take this into account in the risk analysis to have an even safer product.
Anything else you would like to add?
When I was in high school wondering what I was going to do with my life, I saw brochures from ÉTS (École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal)
and my guidance counselor told me that it wasn't for me… because I'm a woman. Fortunately, I did not listen to him!
Yes, there are fewer women in engineering and technology, but I've always felt in my place. To anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation, never let someone fool you into thinking otherwise.
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