Production Machining

JUL 2018

Production Machining - Your access to the precision machining industrial buyer.

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Andres Barajas Journeyman, CNC Machinist Programmer Micron Mfg. Co. Andres began his career in 2007 at Micron Mfg. Co., spinning chips and sweeping floors. He began learning about machining when he was given the opportunity to load bars into a machine and check the parts that were produced, even though he had never touched a machine tool before. In 2017, Andres gradu- ated as Micron's first journeyman CNC machinist programmer. While continuing to learn on the shop floor and taking machining classes every day, he is a single father raising a young daughter. He says machining has made him a better person and has given him confidence and a path to becoming an engineer. Derek Briggs , Swiss Product Manager Tsugami/Rem Sales LLC Derek began his engineering career working on Tsugami machines at F&F Machine Products and then Bil-Mac Corp. In 2011, Derek joined Tsu- gami/Rem Sales as an application engineer and became engineering manager in 2015. Recently promoted to Swiss product manager, he is tasked with researching and implementing new tech- nologies that integrate with Tsugami machines and improving the overall customer experience. When he is in the office, he can be found helping peers on the showroom floor and teaching training classes for distributors and end users. Derek's future aspiration is to assist in the improvement of Tsugami customer experiences. Diana Peters Executive Director Symbol Training Institute Diana is the founder of Symbol Training Institute and has led the facility to become a top NIMS credential provider. While providing hands-on training and job placement for her students, she strongly advocates for women's equality in manufacturing by promoting the profession to women. She founded and is currently president of Manufacturing Next, an organization that was created to promote manufacturing careers to women and youth. Diana also serves as the co- chapter president of Women in Manufacturing's Illinois chapter and was a 2017 NAM/Manufacturing Institute Step Ahead Awardee as a leading woman in the manufacturing industry. Manuel Merkt President and COO Hermle Machine Co. Manuel began his career as an apprentice for a company in his hometown in Germany. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree, and eventually landed a job at Hermle in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since he moved to the States, he has im- pacted his local community through raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for German immersion students by launching an appren- ticeship program. He has also been involved with the German American Chamber of Commerce, ensuring German companies succeed in the U.S. market. Manuel was recently recognized by the lieutenant gover- nor and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development for his work in inspiring young individuals to explore careers in manufacturing. 28 PRODUCTION MACHINING :: JULY 2018 SPECIAL COVERAGE

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