Cherrish Funk – Engine Assembler
Occupation: Engine Assembler
Industry: Piston Engine Manufacturing
Employer: Lycoming Engines
City Where You Work: Williamsport, PA
Please tell us about what do you do and how long you have been doing it.
My job is to trim the engine, which includes attaching components such as the alternator, starter, compressor brackets, fuel pump fitting, and extra clamps and hoses. I also prepare the engine with red shipping plugs and caps before it is washed. I’ve been at this position for two months, but have been employed by Lycoming for six months.
How did you get into your career in manufacturing?
I originally completed courses to be a Diesel Technician. I moved locations and did not have luck finding a technical position. I applied here at Lycoming Engines because it was strongly related to the field I wanted to work in and make a career out of.
How would you describe a typical day at work?
My day is very busy. I trim the engines as they come to my station and help in the wash booth for touchup paint. I also help the department leader with various tasks throughout the day. Staying busy is what makes this job fun.
What do you love most about what you do for your job?
What I love most about my job is I learn very quickly, so I have been able to learn a lot about the trim line in a very short amount of time. I have gained the trust of my department leader, which allows me to help where and when needed.