New Talent Series: Why Engineers Come to Aero Gear

It’s no secret that we at Aero Gear “Insist on Excellence” in every aspect of our business -our products, our process, and our people. It’s our people, and their continuous drive to produce the best products, that really sets us apart. Over the next three months we’ll be featuring blog posts written by new engineers who have recently joined the Aero Gear team. They’ll discuss their backgrounds, why they chose to work at Aero Gear, and where they see themselves in the future.  Today’s post was written by Jeff, who has been with us since 2014:

Since I was a very young, I loved learning about how things work and how they’re made. When I was 17 years old I walked into my high school’s guidance consoler’s office not knowing what I wanted to do as a career, but walked out of it determined to become an engineer. The way he described it sounded like the perfect fit for my personality, and in the fall of the following year; I enrolled as a mechanical engineer at the University of Hartford.

It was in the middle of my sophomore year through college when I was searching for an internship, and found my future at Aero Gear. It was here that I began to discover my joy for manufacturing and aerospace technology. I took this newly discovered passion back to school and concentrated my degree studies in both fields of manufacturing and energy.

That experience at Aero Gear was a great opportunity; it was nice to work alongside individuals with many years under their belt in gear manufacturing. The workforce is very team-based, which allows newcomers to be able to learn rapidly from the knowledgeable personnel. Another benefit from this job experience is to be able to work in a high precision environment where the parts we make hold tolerances as tight Jeffas a few ten-thousandths of an inch (less than the thickness of a human hair).

Several years of all-nighters and studying later, I graduated and returned to Aero Gear to continue the path I started. I decided to return to Aero Gear because I’d be able to apply topics covered from school to learn practical applications in the real world. Currently, I am a manufacturing engineer, completing tasks involved with processing and tooling. When working in processing, I get to create op sheets that specify the dimensions and characteristics of the part at the end of an operation. These are used by machinists, inspectors, and engineers to understand what the desired outcome is, so that we produce accurate gears. When working in tooling, I get to design new job-related fixtures and gages. Here I get to apply coursework from college such as Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, Precision Engineering, and Machine Design to determine the properties of the tool; in order to accomplish the operation in a precise and efficient manner.

In the future, I plan to continue to learn about process development and tooling required for production. I would also like to learn more about gear theory, quantitative analysis on transmission design, as well as become more informed about how the gear manufacturing industry is changing. In the long term I hope to play a role in research and development as well as product design.