The New Face of Manufacturing: A Q&A with Marlin Steel’s Nathan Myers
Q: Tell us about your position with Marlin Steel.
In my position as a robot technician for Marlin Steel, I set up, program and operate robotic equipment and computer numerical control (CNC) machinery.
Q: What type of training/skill sets are required to do your job successfully?
This position requires strong mathematical and mechanical skills, and the ability to interpret technical information and drawings. Because our manufacturing processes are constantly changing, the job also requires flexibility, strong communication skills, and a willingness to be a team player. Training from the machine manufacturer is also required, which ranges from general to higher-level training, depending on the work being performed. To be successful, you must apply what you know and constantly learn as you go.
Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of working in advanced robotics at a manufacturing company?
The use of robotics contributes greatly to our company’s profitability and competitiveness in the global marketplace, and it’s highly rewarding knowing the work we do plays a key role in the company’s success. It has also been rewarding to witness how the use of robotics has made our company more productive and efficient. What used to take us several weeks to complete can now be done in a week with robotics, and we have been able to do so without losing employees. Learning how to run new equipment and adapting to a continually changing work environment are also enjoyable aspects of my job.
Q: What advice do you have for people interested in entering this line of work?
It is important to enter the workforce with some technical training—either by attending a technical school or some other professional training program—and to never stop learning. Having a good work ethic and a willingness to continuously improve and refine your skills are key to success in this field.
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