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Career Connections: Advanced Manufacturing Engineer

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(man) Autotool is an integration company for auto manufacturers. Auto manufacturers bring us an idea, and we take that idea and turn it into a solution. At my job, the minimum college degree you need is an associate's degree in a form of electrical engineering. Autotool hired me directly from college, and I took their training. It takes two years to get acclimated to everything. It's similar to an apprenticeship. We get put underneath a lead engineer, and he will teach us advanced robotics and specifically electrical design, building on the floor, integration of the lines, and how to teach the robots-- everything we need to do design in the real world. An auto company will come with a specific part and say, "We want all these parts welded into this one main part, and we want maybe 1,000 a day." We'll design a line for them, starting with our mechanical department. They'll, in 3D modeling, put the car part in and design a jig around the part. Then from there, our electrical department design a line or controls around our system that we're building. We'll take everything we design and transfer it to our CNCs, which will build the mechanical portion and then give it to our build department for electrical. They take it and build our panels, solder our cables, and then we'll do the final build on the floor. We'll install the robots that the company orders, then do the full integration on our floor and all the controls, make sure everything works, make sure it's safe. Then we install it on their floor and get it running, and they'll use it for years and years to come.

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An advanced manufacturing engineer is involved in developing complete automation systems for the auto industry. This includes computer-controlled mechanical systems and robotic assembly machines. Part of the "Career Connections" series.

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