17 March 2022
Adrien QUEGUINER, Head of Engineering Department - LDA
1) Could you summarise your career path and present your current position? If you have evolved within LDA, could you please specify it?
I majored in Product - Process - Management and graduated in 2010. I got hired as a designer by the company in which I had done my apprenticeship. It was a company specialized in the design and production of automated production systems in the food industry. A few years later, as I wanted to get to know new activities, I worked for a company designing and manufacturing quarry conveyors, still as a designer. I had the opportunity to perform on-site installations. The interest layed in seeing the product installed on field. As a designer, it allowed me to see the results of my labor and think about optimizing it. When the design activity was less demanding, I asked to intervene in quarries during technical stops. I welded, I installed structures, I wired engines... This allowed me to acquire new skills.
Then, through a friend of mine in the region of Nantes, I seized the chance to work in different sectors, performing different missions ranging from head of a design office to site manager, including head of production of large machined parts. These numerous experiences allowed me to design a wide variety of machines, to develop my expertise and to join the Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) group.
Indeed, I joined LDA ten years ago. With my wife, we had decided to leave Nantes in France. In March 2013, I embarked on the cable ship Ile d'Aix in Calais as a submarine pilot. Becoming a sailor was a major life change and I have really enjoyed sailing during all these years. In 2017, at the request of the technical manager, I joined the group headquarters as a designer for the Quintillion Alaska project. We identified the blocking points and enabled their resolution. To follow up on this mission, I went on board the ship to perform tests.
LDA performed a challenging installation during the summer of 2017 in Northern Alaska for Alcatel Submarine Network. This was the first fiber network around Alaska: The Quintillion Subsea Network. The 16km segment was to be installed during the open water season which lasts 3 months in this region.
In January 2018, I was back at sea in Calais and took my first steps as a subsea department manager on the cable ship Ile de Batz. But this second episode at sea was shortened for the needs of the integration project of the new plough on the vessel Ile de Ré. In 2019, I returned to work in the technical department. It is at this time that the design office of the LDA group was created. In November 2021, I took the head of the design office and became its manager. Today, we are a team of 6 and we are involved in many study projects.
2) What do you particularly like about your job?
The diversity of the subjects we work on and the fact that we contribute to the optimization of industrial operations. This makes it possible to measure customer satisfaction.
The feeling of success through the collective is a powerful driver.
3) About your job: would you have an anecdote or an important fact to share?
The project that made the biggest impression on me was the Quintillion project mentioned above. This project was very complex technically and operationally. The deadline for completion was extremely tight.
We managed to complete it on time!
4) What is your motto ?
Together to see better, further...