A few months ago we wrote a blog and displayed an infographic about our metal fabrication engineering services at Wiley Metal. Industrial and manufacturing engineering are some of the most critical components of production and fabrication. This, by the way, is nothing new. Engineers in some way or another helped build some of the world’s wonders like the Great Pyramids.
The Importance of Manufacturing Engineers
The infographic attempted to display the respect and importance we place on our engineers from the design phase of your concept, to how engineers put more money back into the pockets of our clients by discovering more efficient, better ways to do things. Our engineers don’t just think outside of the box, the practically live there.
They become masters at using specialized tools like Ncell which is used as an interface between JDE and CNC programs for lasers. They have the knowledge to make best use of Radan to CNC program press brakes. They know well the value of AlphaCam, used to CNC program our hot wire machine and router. They, like everyone at Wiley Metal, know how to use our JD Edwards software. Our engineers use this to write the BDM and route steps required for each item we produce. Yes, our engineers are some pretty smart people. They are also great teammates.
Thoughtful Listeners Who Problem Solve
Our engineers may not talk as much as others on our team but that’s because they have learned to become such great listeners. They listen closely to clients and their goals and become immersed in problem solving soon after an issue is addressed. This doesn’t make them aloof. It makes them thoughtful. Most of them have be told “Can you put that in plain English” so many times they choose their words carefully.
Those who choose industrial and manufacturing as a career path are choosing a life where success is sometimes measured in small percentages; 2.75% savings on a part or an improvement of 12% on the lifespan of a product is something to be celebrated.
Fabrication Engineers Licensing Requirements
Many don’t recognized that all states require fabrication engineers to be licensed and the process is not dissimilar of that going into the medical profession. Fabrication engineers need to successfully complete an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) bachelor’s degree program in either manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering or in some other related field. There are advanced mathematics courses, process engineering and social science courses. Students may take CAD courses and study advanced designing principles. They then can successfully become an EIT or Engineer in Training. After four years of related work experience they may undertake the second exam which, if successfully completed, will result in them become a PE. Many states even require continued education including college to maintain their licenses. These are people who have worked very hard to get where they are at and live in a world where perfection is the goal.
At Wiley Metal, our engineers are terrific parents, caring spouses and hard working providers. We are proud to offer the talents of these exceptional associates as a value-added service of working with Wiley Metal. If you are struggling through a part or project or if you need help in taking an idea from concept to reality, put our team to work for you.