Leah Armstrong

I am a Laser Manufacturing Lead at Novanta.

I lead a team of people who manufacture lasers. The lasers are used in the scientific industry, specifically in DNA analysis.


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  • What does a typical day at work look like for you?

    “I ensure manufacturing of my laser is running smoothly and we are on track to hit our weekly targets. I quickly address any issues so there is no stop in production and I report issues to our Product Manager and also to our Technical Support team.
    I work with my manager to forecast and prevent any future issues, including resource planning, reccruitment, part outages etc.
    I manage my team’s individual performance, acknowledge their improvements and support them to increase their performance, carrying out performance reviews, and working with them to support their professional development.”

  • What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?

    I would work harder in the subjects I enjoyed increasing my knowledge and foundation for future studies.

  • Who or What inspired you to get into Engineering?

    My sister inspired me as she has always worked very hard and is now very successful in her chosen career.

  • What are the best and worst things about your job?

    “I love that I have a large team to manage as this brings lots of challenges and variation to my day. I am also trusted to make decisions on how I would like to manage the team and continuously develop them.
    The worst is the targets being changed with little warning which puts myself and the team under extra pressure.”

  • Where do you see your industry in 25-50 years' time?

    I think manufacturing will become more automated which will change my role in industry.