Meet our Engineering Manager

Darryl Richardson

Hi, I’m Darryl Richardson, the Engineering Manager here at WCE.

Tell us about your career at WCE?

I’ve been working at WCE for over 12 years. I started my career at WCE as an apprentice tool maker, with a passion for engineering. A short-while after completion of my apprenticeship, I moved into the drawing office as a Technical Engineer. I held this position for 8 years, before progressing into a more people-focused role, as the Engineering Manager.

Designing hydraulic cylinders at WCE

The design phase is crucial, so we work in collaboration with our customers. We get to know their application process inside out, in order to design a hydraulic cylinder that matches their exact requirements.

We use the latest CAD technology in Autodesk Inventor (3D). This allows us to bring our innovations to life and collaborate our ideas with our customers. Once we have crunched all the details in design, our team utilises an ERP system to build our BOM’s and factory routings. This ensures a smooth process from planning to dispatch and keeps track of the cylinder progression along its journey. 

What’s a typical day like?

My typical day involves communicating and collaborating externally with new and existing customers and internally with staff members. Ensuring we keep a close relationship between the design office and the shop floor is also critical, to deliver on our customers’ needs.

What is the best part of being the Engineering Manager at WCE?

I get to help people and solve problems. I get to provide value, make people’s lives better, develop employees’ skills and be a force for positive advancement and change.

What do you like doing for fun?

I’m quite into my cooking and also building things. I’ve recently completed a build of my first offset smoker, and now using it to smoke meats such as brisket and pork. This started as a hobby to get through Covid, but now has moved on and grown so much I’ve had to mount it on a trailer!

Please feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn below.

Darryl Richardson | LinkedIn

Supply Chain Manager at WCE, James Barnes

What does your job role as Supply Chain Manager at WCE involve?

My job role involves all aspects of the Supply chain from the sourcing of raw materials and all associated parts required ensuring a smooth process to enable the on-time and in full delivery to our customers.

Close collaboration between all our departments is key to producing a top-quality product, at a competitive price for the benefit of our customers. My day includes liaising with our valued suppliers to make sure we have the correct materials available to meet expected lead times and at competitive pricing.

What is the best part of working at WCE?

I particularly enjoy working with my purchasing team to resolve problems and discover new solutions to any issues that may arise. I started working at WCE in 1999 as a CNC machine operator and have been fortunate enough to progress through the company over the years, taking advantage of the many opportunities offered to me such as programming courses and ILM training, which led me to the role of CNC Manager. It was from there I was able to take up the offer of more training and coaching to where I have taken the role of Supply Chain Manager at WCE. The role is certainly a challenging one, but also a rewarding one.

What do you like doing for fun?

In my spare time I spend a lot of my time with my family at various Theme Parks around the country, such as Alton Towers and Thorpe Park, and combine this with travelling abroad to visit parks in Europe and the USA. I also enjoy reading a good book and watching motorsport when I can.

Please feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn below,