AGAINST THE GRAIN
WITH SO M A NY NEW TECHNOLOGIES , M A NUF A CTURING PROCESSES CH A NGE A LMOST D A ILY . WH A T IS ONE INNOV A TION IN WHICH YOU SEE V A LUE ?
I see a tremendous amount of value in investing in the digital future!
The operations function of manufacturing will increase dependency on integrated digital tools compared to manual operations. Developing a strong digital operating discipline will enable a more efficient work execution process which results in higher productivity. This is a key factor to success in manufacturing.
I would advise an individual to be very engaged and inquisitive. There are many details involved in manufacturing that are different in day-to-day operations. Such details are not necessarily addressed in the educational realm but must be learned on the job. Additionally, one must value and take advantage of the vast range of learning opportunities that are available (i.e., company-specific or industry training sessions, etc.). Knowledge is key in this industry! WH A T A DVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE ST A RTING IN M A NUF A CTURING OR OPER A TIONS ?
WH A T DO YOU LOVE A BOUT YOUR JOB THE MOST ?
There are so many things that I love about my job that it’s difficult to list them all. But if I had to narrow them down it would be the understanding of theoretical basis (fundamentals rooted in science) while experimenting and bringing practical results, improvements, and successful changes to fruition within the manufacturing process. Secondly, I am passionate about mentoring. The self- gratification I experience when I have the opportunity to share my manufacturing knowledge and experiences, whether specifically related to the process or career experiences, is a humbling yet priceless emotion.
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