Lance Spotts – Tool Designer
Occupation: Tool Designer
Industry: Aircraft Piston Engines
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.
I have been working for nine years as a Tool Designer. My responsibilities include designing workholding, gaging, and cutting tools for manufacturing piston engine aircraft components, CNC programming, processing and troubleshooting, and implementation of machining process improvements.
How did you get into your career in manufacturing?
I had an early interest in studying how things worked mechanically. I enrolled in a three-year program for machining at my local vocational school in high school. I continued with the machining educational path. After receiving my associates degree in Toolmaking Technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, I was offered a position with Lycoming, and have been in the workforce since.
How would you describe a typical day at work?
Fast Paced and Challenging. Typically, I am working on developing new processes for component machining, and with the global nature of manufacturing today, it is critical that the processes be both cost effective and robust. I put quite a bit of effort into learning the current state-of-the-art in the industry and seeing ways to apply the concepts to processes that we have in our shop.
What do you love most about what you do for your job?
What I love most about my job is learning new technology. The industry is advancing at a rapid pace. New software, fixturing, cutting tools and machinery are becoming available daily. Staying a viable option in the manufacturing world requires that when new technologies are available to enhance our competitiveness, they are recognized.