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Engineer Expectations

Jan. 31, 2017

What we expect from our Engineers today is much different than what we expected years ago. In retrospect, “Legacy Engineers” had it pretty good. They were more subject matter experts than individuals with multidiscipline versatility.

Mechanical Engineers are now required to have vast knowledge of electronics and software development. Electrical Engineers are now required to have expert knowledge in writing code for motion control. Software Engineers that wrote code are now expected to have all knowledge of cloud based systems and security issues related to management data. Draftsmen are now Mechanical Designers required to know multiple CAD software and more in depth knowledge of manufacturing practices.


Technology has driven our capabilities as individuals, and that’s a great thing, but I think sometimes it’s taken for granted. We need to predict the future in many ways, developing technology and product roadmaps that diverge when we believe emerging technology will be economical enough to integrate.


Many think of the stereotypical personality of engineers…but we are also Customer Service agents.


But when there are issues in the field and you call Bug-O, chances are you’re talking to a guy that had his hands in the cookie jar so to speak. Its personal when there are issues and it weighs on them more deeply than you could imagine.  I know when there is a problem it keeps our Engineers up at night. They care immensely, and you don’t find that trait in a team every day.


Just look at the job descriptions that are advertised. We ask for everything out of one individual. Breadth and Depth of knowledge expands the capability of engineers and changes the definition of team in the process. What once took a team of separate engineering disciplines has now turned into a select few who have knowledge in all areas of engineering. We empower them to make decisions, which make them personally vested in the outcome. Sometimes we rely on a team of one.


One aspect of the profession that has not changed is the basic job of engineering: To carry out the engineering method and pursue institutionalized invention (simply put, to solve problems economically). It was thought that, in spite of technological advances, what goes on in an engineer’s head isn’t going to change too much, but that isn’t the case.  There will always be new tools and new technologies that spur new ideas. We expect Engineers to have the same creativity that an artist has with a blank canvas…except the Engineer has a budget. In nearly all cases because most people don’t understand what they are talking about, Engineers have to prove that their ideas are going to work. The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe it.


With all of that said, my point is “thank you”. Thank you to my team of Engineers, whom I expect everything out of. I understand that we ask the world of you. It’s a privilege to work with you every day. Never lose your passion for technology.

Joe DeMatteis – Engineering Manager    

Back Row (left to right): Jim Mull, Derek Niederhut, Evan Fierst, Mark Kisasonak


Front Row (left to right): Marian Ilisiu, Jim Mounts, Joe DeMatteis, Fred Moeller, Pete Martin