MoldMaking Technology

OCT 2018

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Page 20 of 51 19 Jim is a second-year apprentice with all the qualities necessary for a future moldmaker. He completed many metalworking programs offered at a nearby community college at his own expense before beginning his journey in the metalworking profession. Jim is intrigued by how things work, pays attention to details and is not afraid to ask questions when disassembling a tool or programming a CNC machine. He has recognized that moldmaking is a highly rewarding profession, as it requires skill and education to operate today's manufacturing technologies. Jim Nowak (26) Apprentice Tri-Par Die and Mold Corp. (South Elgin, Illinois) Mandy Lewandowski (24) Laser/TIG Welding Specialist Alliance Specialties and Laser Sales (Wauconda, Illinois) Joe Charette (24) Owner JC Machine Ltd. (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) Brian Goda (28) Mold Design Engineer Aptiv (Warren, Ohio) Joe is a visionary. At 19, he started a precision machining contract shop for several industries, including moldmaking. He purchased a Toshiba boring mill three years ago and just added a Hermle C42U five-axis machine, making his company one of the only companies in Southwest Ontario to possess such high-end technology for mold and die work. Joe has great work ethic and leads six employees by example on the shop floor. To date, Joe has made a trade mission overseas to visit and evaluate other high-level builders to help him decide where the future is for his company. Brian is a results-driven engineer who has been in the injection molding industry for five years. He is a graduate of the plastics engineering technology program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College and started at Aptiv (formerly Delphi) in 2017 as a mold design engineer. Brian also was a member of the Army National Guard where he served in the A-BTRY 107th as a field artillery tactical datum systems specialist for six years. He was honorably discharged from the military in 2015 with the rank of E-5 (sergeant) and was the leader of his squad. Brian has a successful track record in new tooling project management (both domestic and international) and overall program management. His process- engineering and program- management experience exposed him to thermoplastic and thermoset applications in the medical, automotive and consumer products industries. This experience affords him a broad perspective and a unique skillset for becoming a top tool designer. Brian takes an interest in new technologies and is always seeking to learn and implement new information into his daily and long-term goals. He is hungry to learn, and his attention to detail is evident in his work. He is always willing to go above and beyond to complete a task. Nicole Nettesheim (24) HR Generalist Sussex IM (Sussex, Wisconsin) Nicole exceeds the traditional scope of human resources and employee support. She helps care for more than 400 employees and has an active, leading role in workforce development, including benefits administration, records management, interviewing, conflict resolution and training initiatives. She also is directly involved in the management, setup, execution and follow-up of career fairs and educational events and is becoming the company spokesperson in communications efforts to reach and motivate the young workforce. Candid Conversations, a series of video interviews with Milwaukee-area manufacturers willing to share insights and best practices, recently featured Nicole. She also co-manages the company's social channels about employee communications and recruiting while developing content for the corporate website. She is an optimistic and energized performer, strengthening the industry through her dedicated efforts, fresh insight and willingness to learn. Mandy joined Alliance Specialties and Laser Sales in 2016 and has become a trusted, go-to resource. She started as a driver for the company's delivery service, but she had a desire to do more. She joined the welding team this year and has been a great asset to the laser- and TIG- welding departments. What sets her apart is her willingness to help and get involved wherever and whenever necessary. Mandy is an example of the hardworking, curious, ambitious team members that the company employs who contribute by making a difference for customers every day.

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