Products to be manufactured — especially in a shop that makes machine tools and parts — don’t simply happen. They require a person to create the structure and form of the product. At Bardons & Oliver, our engineers and our project development manager, Bryan Sexton, are responsible for moving from concept to finished design.
How long have you been with Bardons & Oliver?
A little over ten years.
What did you start out as?
I was officially an engineer when I began; I eventually was promoted to my present position.
What kind of education did you need to do what you do?
I have a BSME from the University of Akron.
Have you always designed machines?
Yes. My previous job was in the vinyl windows industry. Even there, I designed machines that my employer created, sold and sent out.
What would you tell someone who might be considering a career like yours to study to prepare themselves?
Math, certainly, and physics.
What do you find exciting about your job?
Taking a concept, an idea, and turning into something real, that people will use in their own business. On the project I’m currently working on, a customer came to us with a need, to be able to cut thin-walled pipe with a relatively short cycle time.
We’ve been able to design a machine to do that, and with the customer’s input, we hope to make it a reality soon.
What software do you use to design?
What do you like best about working at Bardons & Oliver?
The people. Having great co-workers makes all the difference.