the year Carl Weller's soldering gun patent was issued
What I do at ATG:
As a CNC machinist, I keep critical parts and processes running smoothly. I work four days on and three off. Most of my job involves supporting the forging operations here at Springdale, where we forge mechanics hand tools. But when parts wear out on a machine, or if we need new cutting dies or press and bolster plates, I make sure the manufacturing cells have what they need. I’m in the tool and die shop at the plant, and there’s variety all the time in what I do.
Where I got my start:
I’ve been here nearly 24 years, mostly as a CNC Machinist but also in the finishing and forging departments. I went to technical school for milling, electrical, machining and welding training, and spent time in the heating and cooling service business before coming to ATG. All of those skills have helped me on the job. I sometimes have to spot weld a part that needs repair, and my electrical training has been put to use many times. Plus I’ve gained many new skills by being able to learn on the job here at Springdale.
A day in my life:
There is a weekly flow of scheduled CNC projects, but any day I might be asked to do a repair. That means I adjust my jobs to meet our production needs. All the areas in the plant rely on me to keep our forging and production lines operating on time. I like my job because it’s very self-directed, and I am always working with engineers and programmers to make our work flow more efficient. There are lots of problem solving opportunities – one weekend a critical tooling part went down that was needed for a rush production order on Monday. I’m not a programmer but have been around it enough – I was able to re-calibrate the program, and got the line operating again.
What I would tell a prospective associate:
ATG has good pay and benefits, and the work environment requires you to ask questions and solve problems. You can’t be shy as a CNC Machinist. You need to share your experiences and opinions with the engineers and supervisors to make sure we are continually improving and finding the best answer. Math skills are very important in my job, I am working with prints and dimensions and enjoy the challenges ATG gives me. There isn’t a day that I’m not thinking and figuring out a better way.
What I do @ ATG
I oversee the Dotco®, Cleco® and Master Power® brands of pneumatic tools. This includes managing the product lifecycle, profitability and new product introductions. I see myself as the conduit that connects all global functions involved in the supply and sales chain, which includes engineering, sourcing, operations, and sales. I have an engineering degree, technical experience, and a diverse business background therefore I can effectively influence the various functions involved with the design, manufacture, and distribution of three of our power tool brands.
Where I got my start
After graduating from Lehigh University with a degree in mechanical engineering, Ingersoll Rand selected me to participate in its engineering Leadership Development Program, which involved an assignment in their manufacturing facility in China. Being born there and speaking Mandarin fluently, this experience was invaluable in shaping my future. After returning to the United States, I became more involved in marketing and product management. After IR, I joined one of the largest suppliers of tools to the vehicle service sector as a technical product manager. I traveled extensively and worked closely with manufacturers in Taiwan. Before I joined ATG, I owned and operated a tool and equipment distribution business for the automotive aftermarket.
A day in my life
I like being hands-on with the products and brands that I manage and as a result, every day is very different. Because of my diverse background in engineering, sales, sourcing, and marketing, I am involved with every step of a product’s lifecycle, from ideation to obsolescence. I enjoy meeting with global suppliers and customers because it provides me with a greater understanding of how our products are built and used in everyday situations. Entering new markets, tackling the unique needs of our customers, and creating excitement around a product introduction are some of the favorite aspects of what I do.
What I would tell a prospective associate
There is immense opportunity that exists within the company and potential for each associate to add value in their own way as long as they also understand how to win as a team. It’s a non-hierarchical work environment, which means every voice is heard and anyone can drive change. This is a good fit for those who can look at the big picture and understand how to drive results for the long-term.