Behind the Scenes

April 19, 2018

Our engineering department is the beating heart of Allied Fleet. The department works to ensure all of our vehicles meet high quality and safety standards. For this ‘Behind the Scenes’ we took a visit to the busy department to speak with Kevin Miller – our homologation engineer.

Hi Kevin!  So I understand you are a homologation engineer, what exactly is that?

Hi, my job sounds more complicated than it is. It’s all about compliance. I make sure that all of our vehicles are in line with current legislation so they can be registered and made road legal.

That makes more sense. So what does your day-to-day job include?

I work with the development and design teams from start to finish, instructing tests that need to be performed. This has a lot to do with the removal of seats and the wheelchair restraints – crash testing and ensuring the vehicle is still safe with the adaptations. As with production I ensure the finished products match the designs which have already been approved and that they don’t deviate from the plans.

How long have you been working at Allied Vehicles and why did you choose Allied?

I’ve been working here since January 2011. I came from an academic background in engineering and design, where I focused on accessible products.  I used to work with medical devices and now I work with accessible cars. I like helping people, particularly those that aren’t considered in mainstream design.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

The hardest part of my job is the fact that I’m often the person who has to say ‘no’ to people because of legislation.

The hardest part of my job is the fact that I’m often the person who has to say ‘no’ to people because of legislation.

Some solutions aren’t possible, even if it works or if they have spent a while coming up with it – it makes me feel quite bad. I get around this by trying my best to be helpful and make suggestions which would allow me to say ‘yes’ to the idea.

The other challenge is keeping up to date with legislation as it all moves so fast, like the diesel emissions scandal. We need to be ahead of the game and thinking of the future all the time.

What’s your favourite part of working for Allied Vehicles?

It’s good to see quality products go from start to finish and seeing it come to life is the most rewarding part of the job. I enjoy making products that help people and enrich their lives.