Manufacturing Education Series

Vol. 2 2013

A video series from Modern Machine Shop, the SME Education Foundation and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology describes careers in manufacturing. DVDs were sent to middle and high schools along with these discussion guides.

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fEatUrE Meet a Manufacturing Engineer Are you a problem solver? Do you enjoy being part of a team? Watch the interview with Becky Miller, an engineer who safeguards the quality of aircraft engines. r ebecca (Becky) Miller is a Quality Control industrial engineer with GE Aviation, working at the company's headquarters and manufacturing facility in Cincinnati, Ohio. GE Aviation makes jet engines of various types, for both commercial planes and military planes. Becky's job is to make sure the parts made for these engines meet exacting quality standards. She works in the "large parts" manufacturing area. That means she focuses on components up to the size of the huge metal casing sections that contain the engine and channel its thrust. Yet even though the parts are big, the features she considers are very small. Any detail of the part that is out of position by even a tiny amount—say, by 0.005 inch, a little more than the thickness of a human hair—could prevent that part from fitting correctly or working the way it should. Becky's job isn't just to find these errors, but to prevent them. When a manufacturing error is detected, her duty is to figure out how it happened and how to stop it from happening again. MANUFACTURING EDUCATION SERIES Interest in math and science initially drew her to engineering. However, not all engineers work in manufacturing—some are inventors or researchers. Becky might have chosen one of these paths, too, but she discovered manufacturing as part of a co-op (work study) assignment in college. Working in a manufacturing facility, she found that she loves the real-world problem solving of manufacturing, along with the chance to solve those problems as part of a team. Problem-solving and teamwork remain vital to her work today. She says manufacturing engineering lets her use not just her technical skills, but also her imagination and critical thinking, as well as her ability to communicate and coordinate with many different people.

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