Andrew Fish – Process Engineer
Occupation: Process Engineer
Industry: Metal Injection Molding (MIM)
Employer: Advanced Powder Products
City Where You Work: Philipsburg, PA
Please tell us about what do you do and how long you have been doing it.
As a process engineer, I take products from a model and a tool design to a physical part using the powdered metal injection molding process. There are many challenges along the way in order to give the customer a finished product that meets their specifications and exceeds their expectations. Any problems that appear as the product moves along the process of becoming a true part for assembly are the responsibility of a process engineer like myself to solve. I have been in the metal injection molding industry for 3 months.
How did you get into your career in manufacturing?
I have wanted to be an engineer since I was a freshman in high school. I enjoyed dismantling objects to figure out how they worked and what role each piece played to make the object work. I also like to fix things when they break and try to find the root of the problem that caused the item to break in the first place. I was also curious about plastics and how plastic parts are formed. After hearing about the plastic and polymer engineering technology major at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, I decided that would be a great path forward for me. I completed the major with two internships along the way. The internships gave me the first look at manufacturing and I knew it was a great place for me. I enjoy the busy, fast-paced environment and the countless problems that need solutions.
How would you describe a typical day at work?
A typical work day for me starts out by getting an overview of what is happening on the production floor for the day. After the overview, I dive into fixing production problems if necessary, or turning my attention to other parts in the developmental stage of the manufacturing process. Throughout the day I could be running an injection molding machine, inspecting parts to ensure they meet the customer’s specifications, performing secondary operations in the trial stage, or doing the paperwork needed to get products ready for production.
What do you love most about what you do for your job?
There are many qualities and tasks that make me love my job. I like the fast-paced nature of getting projects from the starting point to the finish line while ensuring that the final product exceeds customer expectations and I enjoy using manufacturing equipment like injection molding machines. Most of all, I enjoy doing something different almost every day and solving problems to help the company become better at what we do.