Global Manager – Engineering Systems
Andrew Limpus joined Russell Mineral Equipment in 2005 as a Design Engineer and in the first few years progressed through a variety of senior roles including that of Senior Design Engineer and Senior Supervising Engineer. After 7 years immersed in RME’s operations, Andrew was appointed Engineering Manager in 2012 and in 2016, Andrew was promoted to Group Engineering Manager. In 2018, with the growth of RME, there was a corporate structure change which involved the introduction of ‘Value Streams’. RME’s multiple engineering teams are now managed within these various streams and Andrew accepted the role of Global Manager – Engineering Systems.
This role delivers expertise with regard to the implementation and adoption of engineering software tools designed to enhance efficiency and effectiveness across the manufacturing team. A thorough understanding of the New Product Development (NPD) process, Windchill PLM system, and Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs are necessary for executing best practice plus interfacing with project teams during program rollout and beyond.
Andrew’s team is responsible for evaluating current and new technology, obtaining input and buy-in regarding these technologies from the engineering departments and managing implementation and training to enhance – and improve – how the engineering departments complete their work and deliverables.
Prior to RME, Andrew worked for 17+ years with Bundaberg manufacturer Austoft Industries (part of CASE IH), which designed, built and exported mechanical cane harvesters from Australia to the world.
Andrew began his career as a trade-qualified fitter and turner and subsequently achieved an Associate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering with distinction in 1986 from the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education (now University of Southern Queensland). Most notably, Andrew was awarded the MTIA - F.L Hudson Memorial Foundation Achievement Award for having the highest aggregate score in his course and received the Dean’s Commendation for Outstanding Performance in 1987.
Andrew participates regularly in professional development which has included programs through the Australian Institute of Management. Andrew completed the Lean Manufacturing Course through Queensland Management Institute (QMI) in 2008, the Roles and Responsibilities of Managers & Supervisors Course in 2011 through Commerce Queensland, Leading Leaders course through Leadership Pipeline Institute in 2018, Managing Engineering Knowledge Risk through Engineering Education Australia in 2018 and more recently a Certificate of PLM Leadership with CIMdata.