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Welding Engineering Success Stories

About me:
Anatoliy Kryvenko
B.S. in Welding Engineering, 2016
Great River Industries, Natchez, MS

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as a Welding Engineer:
I provide support to production and quality control operations during construction of large, custom fabricated pressure vessels and piping projects. In addition, I deliver solutions to quality and welding related issues involved with fabrication.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
In order to be successful in my role, you need a thorough understanding of welding metallurgy, inspection, and construction principles. The ability to work with and implement numerous project specific specifications and requests as well as numerous governmental and non-governmental codes is also required. Lastly, a Welding Engineer needs to be very organized, quality oriented, and able to work well with numerous professionals across different fields involved with fabrication process.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Welding Engineering?
Don't be afraid to get involved with numerous professional opportunities offered to you through the College of Engineering and the Welding Engineering Department. Experiences through technical and engineering societies as well as faculty led research offer invaluable experience.  Creating a network of professional connections will jump start your internship and job search.

About me:
Matthew Robinson
B.S. in Welding Engineering (2000)
M.S. in Welding Engineering (2003)
Caterpillar Product Development & Global Technology, Peoria, IL
Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as an Automation Team Leader:

I have the opportunity to work with a team that develops novel automation solutions to solve manufacturing challenges for all of Caterpillar's manufacturing facilities. In my role, I propose, manage, lead, implement, and validate solutions that can be leveraged across the corporation. I lead efforts to work closely with other research organizations and universities to develop and deploy advanced robotic capability to improve efficiency, quality, and agility in our factories.
Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
Being a team player is a key skill, as well as being able to connect unique ideas to tangible problems. Fundamental understanding of product needs with regards to manufacturing capability, as well as the ability to understand the trade-off between solution approach and value in accounting terms. The ability to clearly convey ideas and proposals to drive excitement and engagement through all levels of the organization is also an important skill/ability to possess.
What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Welding Engineering?

Focus on your passion, and enjoy the team elements of the educational process. Embrace technology and the tools that are available to accelerate problem solving. Welding Engineering is a multi-disciplinary field, and the key is to embrace that aspect to be an all around contributor while still engaging and highlighting what fuels your passion.

About me:
Preston Hart
B.S. in Welding Engineering (2016)
HIROTEC America , Auburn Hills, MI

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as a Project Engineer:
As a Project Engineer, I work closely with Project Managers to ensure that all departments associated with these projects are being tended to and receive the necessary Welding Engineering experience.  I collaborate with Project Management, Product Design, Process Design, Manufacturing, and R&D to ensure that each project moves along according to the customer’s schedule.  HIROTEC America is the leading supplier in designing, building, and integrating closure systems for the major American car manufacturers.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
My role was recently adapted for the welding engineering requirements of the automotive industry and the new technology being implemented with laser welding of aluminum door components. As a welding engineer, I am being trained on the manufacturing systems of our company so that I can be one of the leading experts on welding engineering when questions or problems arise on the plant floor. The most important skills/abilities required for success in this industry are your ability to learn every department’s role in the process; to provide welding engineering input to the project managers and plant floor employees; and your ability to interact with people internally, and especially your ability to interact with the customer.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Welding Engineering?
It's a fantastic opportunity to be a part of a very select group of people who are internationally recognized.  I wasn’t sure what engineering best suited me when I entered Ohio State, but I attended the Welding Engineering Open House my freshman year and never looked back. OSU Welding Engineering is the only ABET accredited undergraduate program in North America and has a strong reputation with employers. By joining OSU Welding Engineering, you gain recognition from multiple engineering disciplines and maintain unmatched job placement/retention due to the selective nature of the major.  I am currently at a job where my welding engineering skills are called upon constantly, however I work in a Project Management environment where I hold responsibilities that aren’t typically associated with welding engineering. In other words, welding engineering can land you just about any job in the engineering workforce that fits your skills and abilities.

About me:
B.S. in Welding Engineering (2015)
Kiewit Power Constructors, Lenexa, KS

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as a District Quality Engineer: 
I collaborate with Engineering Leads on projects in order to plan out contract requirements for quality documentation, Inspection and Testing, Quality Reporting (Metrics), and Welding/NDE Planning. I coordinate project visits in order to audit/assess the ability of personnel to execute the quality plan. In addition, I serve as the District Level Lead for standardization of procedures including our Welding Plan involving Process and Equipment, Subcontract management, NDE,  Heat Treatment, etc. 

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
Collaboration is key. You need to understand the mindset and needs of co-workers in order to effectively and efficiently complete work. Teamwork is also important. You have to be able to work with others in order to complete your own work. The ability to completely work efficiently and accurately is also required for being successful.  In order to go above and beyond at your job, you need to be able to complete the daily tasks quickly in order to move on to other ideas/concepts you have to continuously improve your processes. Once your supervisor recognizes this skill, they will be extremely impressed. Lastly, the most important facet in this job is relationship development. Great work will only get you so far, developing meaningful relationships with your clients and co-workers are priceless to your career.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Welding Engineering?
My only advice is to diversify your internship experiences within the Materials Science / Welding Engineering fields. This diversification gives you a wider spectrum of opportunities when the time comes to find/pick a job, and will make it easier for companies to see potential in you. If you have a specific company or job type that you want to pursue, then get in contact with that company or multiple people with that job type and discuss what skill sets are necessary to be successful.