Lately there has been a lot of new, “smart” equipment being brought into the manufacturing field, and this interconnectivity is being referred to as “Industry 4.0”. This so called 4th industrial revolution centers around the connection of equipment, and the introduction of data processing and machine learning. This push has blurred the lines between data science, programming and, mechanical engineering, as professionals in these fields are learning cross-disciplinary skills to be able to maintain and implement these new technologies.
If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be?
Unfortunately, I think a lot of “tribal knowledge” is being lost as experienced operators and maintenance personnel move between departments and reach retirement age. I would love to find a way for these experienced individuals to pass along the skills they have worked so hard for so long to develop. Passing along this hard earned knowledge helps establish a legacy for those who pass it down, and helps less experienced individuals by giving them a framework to build off of.
And finally, what do you do when you’re not at work?
I love working with my hands and learning new skills. I have a constantly growing list of projects, from microcontrollers to log-splitters. I enjoy metalworking, electronics, cooking and spending time with my girlfriend.