INSIDE: Deep dive into our Electronic Engineering team

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This series takes a deep dive inside our teams to take a look at how we work and discover our culture behind the scenes.
At CLEIO, multidisciplinarity is the name of the game. Our engineers and designers work together to develop high-performance medical devices that shape the future. Their secret to innovation? Working in an environment where everyone finds their place and contributes to improving their team’s performance.

In our previous posts in this series, we took a behind-the-scenes look at our mechanical engineering and software development teams. Now, let’s follow Jean-Simon Dubord-Michaud, the leader of the electronic engineering team, for a new immersion into the CLEIO universe.

Jean-Simon Dubord-Michaud entered CLEIO’s doors 12 years ago, shortly after graduating with a BAC in electrical engineering, and he has never looked back. It‘s worth mentioning that his skills have tremendously grown over the years. Starting out as an electronic design engineer, he has shouldered increasing responsibilities, leading to his promotion to team leader in 2021.

Today, he heads a team that plays a crucial role in device development. “When you work in electronics, you’re truly at the core of the product, as you design what brings it to life,” confirms Marc-André, who has 20 years of experience in the field.

Jean-Simon and Philippe

The tasks of Jean-Simon’s team are diverse, ranging from setting up test benches, drawing schematics, building PCBs to conducting tests, all within a state-of-the-art laboratory.
“At CLEIO, you’re not confined to a single product line. The variety of projects and technologies we work with are truly motivating. You could be working on a device for an airplane on one project and then on a module for detecting asthma levels on the next.”

— Marc-André

Fostering collaboration for growth

Encouraging mentorship

Jean-Simon’s team consists of both electronic design engineers and technicians. Both complement the other, contributing their expertise to provide the best possible service to the customer. “The level of mutual support is incredible,” says Alex, who joined the team a year ago “Senior team members enjoy sharing their knowledge and helping the more junior members.

Over the years, the way we onboard interns and new employees has significantly improved. Jean-Simon has found a winning recipe: pairing. This approach pairs a newcomer with an experienced team member who understands how the team operates. “Our aim is to involve them in a customer project right from the start,” he explains. “Being paired enables the newcomer to become autonomous more quickly, resulting in a win-win situation.

Marc-André, working as a tech lead, embraces the role of a coach: “On my own, with my experience, I can’t accomplish much. So, by sharing a little, we can all improve together. That’s how we’ll become leaders in our field.

Marc-André in action

Promoting self-improvement

In addition to mentorship for seamless integration, Jean-Simon encourages everyone to enhance their skills. Upon joining CLEIO, Alex immediately benefited from quality coaching that accelerated his skill development: “I never thought I would learn so much in just one year,” he admits.

Progress is also fostered among long-term team members. To ensure this, Jean-Simon conducts monthly meetings to discuss individual goals and aspirations for personal growth. “Progressing in your career doesn’t always mean changing companies, and that’s what I want to demonstrate to my team,” he asserts.

To achieve this, he emphasizes training, assigns roles that align with team members’ ambitions, and encourages them to take on additional responsibilities. “With more projects and increased complexity, we need individuals to assume more leadership and autonomy,” Jean-Simon reminds us.

Daniel and Alex

Getting together to talk, share and laugh

Maintaining a good team cohesion

One unique aspect of the electronic engineering team is that it operates across several offices. Managing this geographical distance is a challenge for Jean-Simon, who strives to maintain strong cohesion.

Three times a week, the entire team gathers for virtual meetings. “We discuss our ongoing work, but I also ensure there’s room for informal conversations,” he explains. This initiative has proven fruitful, as Alex greatly enjoys these meetings: “These meetings are truly friendly, and everyone has a good laugh. Despite not being physically together, I feel like we all know each other very well“.

However, nothing compares to meeting in person. Jean-Simon firmly believes this and is always searching for ideas to bring the entire team together at one location. Recently, he seized the opportunity of an intern’s departure to gather everyone for a lunch event.

Danny, Jean-Simon and Marc-André

Breaking down barriers between teams

Marc-André and Alex are both regulars at the Laval office, where they frequently engage in friendly interactions with colleagues from other teams. “Almost every Thursday, as we wrap up our day, we crack open a beer. We chat a bit, and have discussions that aren’t limited to project-specific topics,” confirms Alex, who doesn’t hesitate to refer to his colleagues as “friends“.

These positive relationships extend beyond work hours, as numerous group sports activities are regularly organized. “I’m thinking of the Pentathlon and the bike race. Anyone can come up with an idea and propose it,” he continues.

And when it comes to teasing the younger members, everyone can count on Marc-André: “I have a reputation to uphold,” he says with a smile. “That’s the kind of thing that creates a good-natured atmosphere. The goal is to go to work without feeling like you’re working.

What’s next?

Until now, Jean-Simon has primarily recruited designers with a generalist profile, capable of contributing to all phases of product development. However, he now gravitates toward individuals with specific expertise. “These experts will be able to help everyone,” he explains.

He also aims to strengthen the key role of tech lead within his team. “We need them for every project. They will often be the primary electronic contact with the customer, and will manage other resources within the same project.

Above all, his priority remains the well-being of his team members: “If they love what they do, it will reflect in their work and in their relationships with customers. That’s the heart of the CLEIO philosophy,” he concludes.

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