Engineering Field is the Right Fit for Automation Grad
Automation Engineering Technology
“If you like designing things, seeing how they work, or solving problems, engineering is the place to be.”Robert Bauldry, a converting specialist at Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), talks about his NWTC experience and engineering-related career.
Why did you choose the Automation Engineering Technology program/career field?
When I first heard of the automation program, it was the first time it was offered in the area; and to try something new was very exciting. I chose the automation program because I enjoyed computers and electronics when I was young. This combined both areas and allowed you to create new things.
Why did you choose NWTC for your education?
I chose NWTC because I knew I would get a hands-on education. I would get to use the tools and equipment used in the career field I was going for.
What is your role at PCMC?
My title is converting specialist. My role at PCMC currently is engineering service support. I assist our customers in the field with machines that break down. I can connect to machines around the world from my desk through the internet and help diagnose issues and resolve them.
The previous role I had was to design the machines. I would create the bill of materials, electrical schematics and support the assembly floor while the machines were being built. Essentially following the machine from design until it shipped to a customer’s facility.
Bonus question: If you had to describe what you do at PCMC to a third grader, what would you say?
I help make machines that print the wrappers for candy bars!
What do you enjoy most about your career? (What do you love doing?)
I really enjoy watching the machines run and fixing problems that no one else wants to.
Would you recommend NWTC to others? Why or why not?
I definitely would recommend NWTC to others. I really enjoyed my time there. Working in the lab was a lot of fun. We had classroom time, but the true learning happened in the lab at the training stations. The hands-on experience to me cannot be replicated in a text book. For someone looking for a learning environment close to the career they will be going into, this is the place to go.
Would you recommend an engineering-related career to others? Why or why not?
Yes, if you like designing things, seeing how they work, or solving problems, engineering is the place to be. It is a career where every day can be a learning experience and is always evolving. As technology changes we adapt along with it.
How do you think your work (and/or engineering in general) impacts our communities and beyond?
Flexible packaging is everywhere. If we can design a machine that is safe, efficient and user-friendly, we can make sure people make it home safe, enjoy their job and eliminate waste. This saves companies money and helps keep the cost of products in the store down.