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Career Connections: Product Designer

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(Describer) Beside four different-size different-color circles connected by lines, title: Career Connections.

(Describer) Title: Health and Wellness – Product Designer.

(Describer) In a workshop, a machine moves over a thin fabric on a table.

My name is Jan Kellogg. I'm president of Columbus Health Care Products. As a product developer, I try to learn a customer's needs. I find out what they're doing now with their products and what they'd like the product to do. Then I search the marketplace for research materials I can use and processes for manufacturing. We combine those two, give the customer our ideas about how to improve it, and we go step by step along that and it improves along the way.

(Describer) Strips of velcro are placed on the cut fabric.

One product that I manufacture is Scan-Band Patient Positioning Straps for radiology departments. Some procedures take 45 minutes. It's a long time for patients to stay still. The straps help patients remain secure and relaxed during the procedures. Straps on the market weren't satisfying the customer's need. I worked with a local hospital. They asked about making a strap that would be easier to clean and would still hold the patient securely.

(Describer) With a sewing machine, a woman sews velcro onto the fabric.

We looked in the marketplace for different materials, found some antimicrobial materials and also a special process of manufacturing that utilizes RF welding, and combined those two things to put this product together to sell not only locally, but also nationally. That's how the Columbus Health Care Products really got started.

(Describer) The woman adjusts the first machine to cut the fabric.

Initially, I went into dental hygiene because I was interested in the healthcare field. And I went back to school to get my marketing degree, and I practiced hygiene while in college. After I left the workforce to raise my family, I came back to work in a company manufacturing. I learned all about manufacturing, which is awesome because I combined those things together. And as customers came to me to talk about manufacturing, I found out that I could help them create something that would meet that need. The job prospects for product development are good. Companies are always looking for people that are going to be innovators and bringing new ideas to the marketplace. Probably the most important skills that I have for doing my job is that I ask a lot of questions about the client's needs and also about other businesses. The other thing is that you have to be persistent. So never give up, and then be hardworking.

(Describer) The velcro includes a small patch that says, “Scan Bands” sewn in.

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See how a product designer for the healthcare industry manufactures antimicrobial fabrics. To start on this career path, one should study marketing and customer service, as well as have knowledge of consumer-product manufacturing and research. Part of the "Career Connections" series.

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Runtime: 4 minutes

Career Connections
Episode 1
5 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Career Connections
Episode 2
6 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
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Episode 3
3 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
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Episode 4
5 minutes
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Episode 5
5 minutes
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Episode 6
4 minutes
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Episode 7
7 minutes
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Episode 8
7 minutes
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Episode 9
6 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
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Episode 10
6 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12