Progressive Transformation at Mahindra
Every challenge at Mahindra gives an opportunity to transform your inhibitions into strengths.
The experience of shifting base from Rajasthan to MRV Chennai broke new ground for me, professionally.
After a year stint as PGET, at Mahindra, I was confirmed as a Senior Engineer in CAE Crash and promoted to Lead Engineer in four years.
My role entails maintaining safety regulations for vehicles, including any additional requirements focused on ensuring first-hand safety.
To meet safety norms, we construct a virtual model of a physical testing scenario. While performing this, we suggest design modifications at every level of the vehicle’s testing from the concept stage to the end product stage. We continue testing even post-production which fortifies the model’s production process.
Learning That Marked a Difference
In these four-and-a-half-years, learning that nothing is impossible at Mahindra takes the largest share of other learning experiences.
The TUV3OO project strikes relevance to that encounter. It was among the foremost exciting projects that met future requirements of an evolving auto-industry. I was tasked with designing the Interior Panel such that the IP meets safety norms. A fledgeling graduate, giving up emerged as the only way out. At that point, my manager motivated me to use my time wisely. And that made all the difference. What we designed stood as one of the landmark creations that met the needs of all functions involved.
In another instance, we had our eyes on aligning the KUV’s design with upcoming safety norms. Designed to meet specific safety levels, the senior management decided they wanted the KUV to tackle a new set of stringent safety norms. By then, we had frozen on the dies, and the production line had been set up. The challenge was to meet this requirement within the current assembly sequence. Once again, at the start, it seemed impossible. But over a window of 2-3 weeks, I devised a solution that found instant acceptability from everyone. It even passed the testing phases.
Challenge, Experiment, Create!
Unique challenges call for unique handling strategies. Your seniors support you through and through without over pressurising on targets. Perceived as the collective responsibility of the team, challenges allow space for experiment; room for mistakes to thrive learning.
You’re recognised among the senior management who know you’re the architect behind ‘that feasible solution that dodged cost compromise.’
My room has a picture of the TUV and KUV placed where I can see them every morning, the two products I prize my work on, providing immense motivation to make future products.
My family is uber-proud of me. When they see the TUV or KUV, they’re elated to know I belonged to the team of 600 that worked to put the product on the row. There is a special association with the car which when is recognised by my loved ones renders a proud feeling.
This is what sets Mahindra apart because you can see your work around you, and your customers happily using what you’ve created.
Mahindra made settling in Chennai effortless. Every aspect of our personal need was offered due consideration. We have claim reimbursements, travel arrangements that are all digitised and conveniently available.
Stick to your work, and it will undoubtedly result in something good. It may seem troublesome at the start, but the end turns out to be incredibly satisfying.
Is there something you’re waiting for? Go all out and explore!