I was hired on as an engineering intern where I worked in Document Control. Here, I learned the processes of the company's document flow. This consisted of storing/releasing new component, assembly, and customer drawings to tracking any internal/external changes made to drawings. After working in Document Control for about 5 months I was ready for something more challenging.
At this time, I took advantage of the open Self-Locker/Environmental department manufacturing engineering position. I was extremely fortunate to be given the position where I would shadow another manufacturing engineer for a couple months. During this time I was trained on tooling design, the Material Review Board system, Corrective/Preventive Action Reports, drawing interpretation, router creation/implementation (work instructions), as well as other various day-to-day responsibilities. It was here where my passion for designing began. I was introduced to the Solidworks/AutoCAD programs to create or enhance various tools to aid in the manufacturing of our connectors. I greatly enjoyed creating new tooling that increased productivity time as well as eased the manufacturability of our products.
After about a year of working as a manufacturing engineer I began asking for product design projects and was allowed to work on simple component redesigns. I quickly worked my way up with each project to more complex redesigns and within a few months received an offer to work with the other design engineers. I was excited for this opportunity to join the design team and was quickly trained on the design process. I learned how to complete compliance matrices, risk assessments, tolerance stack-ups, design and process failure mode and effect analyses and design analyses. Each project I took on developed from preliminary designs, to prototype models for proof of concept, to qualification testing, and finally customer satisfaction. Some of the projects I have had the opportunity to work on involve interconnect systems for the Gulfstream G500/G600’s, Raytheon missile systems, as well as NASA’s Orion spacecraft.
Today, I continue working on various projects to meet our customers’ every-growing needs. One of my major projects, being developed,will consist of a whole new series line of high-temperature resisting connector systems that will have the capability to take our designs to places the physically couldn’t before. I am also leading our company into the rapidly developing 3D printing industry for quicker manufacturing of prototypes to show our customers and prove new design concepts.