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About me...


In a few paragraphs...

I'm a Melbourne based Reliability and Maintenance specialist with almost 15 years experience in the field. Currently, I am working at Quarrie Stone Pty Ltd, a manufacturing company in the northern suburbs, as Operations and Maintenance Manager. I'm also working at La Trobe University as Sessional Academics, developing the engineering management subjects.

During the last years, I've been running a blog about Reliability, Maintenance and Management and I've published more than 20 original articles. I've also received invitations from a company in the USA and a Dutch publisher to write articles for their blogs.

On the other hand, I'm volunteering for the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the largest professional association in the world. I'm the chair of the Technology and Engineering Management Chapter here in Victoria and also a member of the Industry Relations Committee for Region 10 Asia and Pacific. During the past years I've organised several talks with local and international speakers. In 2015, I ran a two-day IEEE workshop to help young engineers in their transition to management roles.

Getting to know Claudio...

Originally, I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I started my career in the Argentinian Air Force. After four years of studying at the Officers Military Academy, I graduated with honours as an Argentine Air Force Officer. Since I chose the technical career path, I continued studying at the University and in 2002, I got my Electronics Engineering degree.

United Nations Aviation Unit in Cyprus

Within the Air Force, I had the opportunity to learn about maintenance management, logistics and strict regulations and OHS&E compliance. I was in charge of more than 80 highly specialized technicians and managed several maintenance operations. During this time, I also worked two years for the United Nations as Maintenance and Engineering Manager of the Air base in the Peacekeeping mission in Cyprus.

In 2009, after almost 15 years of service, I left the Argentinian Air Force as a Captain. However, my experience there gave me a valuable background: high moral values and leadership capabilities, the ability to understand complex system and the importance of work safety, to name a few things.

In 2009, I started working at Volkswagen Argentina as Maintenance and Reliability Engineer. There, I had the opportunity to design the preventive maintenance plans for the new Amarok Pick Up assembly line and acquired strong experience in energy efficiency in manufacturing plants and equipment commissioning.

In April 2014, I moved with my partner to Australia with a permanent visa to settle in Melbourne. As I mentioned at the beginning, I'm currently working in the manufacturing and academic sectors.


Military Skills Competition, Judo and YPF Cross Team Triathlon

I love practicing sports and exercising. I used to run a lot, having participated in a couple of Adventure races and Team Triathlons.

I also played Rugby Union for the University and then, for a local club in Buenos Aires and, while working for the United Nations, I participated twice in the Military Skills Competition (a highly demanding team challenge that last a whole day) as the Team Captain and 2nd in Command.

But my biggest passion is Judo. I started practicing it in 1995 at the military academy. In 2010, I resumed my Judo training in Buenos Aires and currently I keep training at a Dojo in St Kilda.


Since I was a child, I have enjoyed reading books. During my childhood I read mostly science fiction books (Isaac Asimov is my favourite author, along with Philip K. Dick and Stephen King). As time went by, I began changing from fiction to philosophy, spirituality and other literature.

On the other hand, I am always reading Engineering books. I consider myself a restless self-learner and I really enjoy studying new things and applying them at work.

If you want, you can have a look at my personal Bookshelf

Other Insterests

Another great passion for me has been international travel. I have had the opportunity to visit several countries, including Egypt, China, Russia, France, the UK and many South American countries, to name a few. Of course I have visited many beautiful places in my home country (Argentina) as well.

In 2003 I took a Transcendental Meditation course and I have meditated since then. I try to be a more spiritual and compassionate person every day. I believe that happiness is within every one of us, as we are ready to live with joy and thankfulness.

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