The design process is information-intensive. It requires the use and adaption of complex scientific and mathematical techniques. For a design engineer, the ultimate goal is to develop conceptual and detailed designs for a product that performs effectively and efficiently.
At VOSS, we’re fortunate enough to have a team of design engineers who are logical, yet creative. Who can think strategically, while still focusing on the details. Colby Maust is one of those engineers, and today, the spotlight is on him.
Colby has been with VOSS since December 2014, and we sat down with him to ask him a few questions about his engineering career. Here’s what he had to say.
Q: What inspired you to become an engineer?
A: I had always been very creative and loved to make things. Then I took an engineering class my freshman year of high school and got to create 3D models of parts on the computer. I thought that was one of the coolest things I had ever seen, and I decided, from then on, that I wanted to be an engineer.
Q: Did your education prepare you for your career in engineering?
A: It gave me a solid background on all the theories, mathematics and mechanics that are behind the engineering that I do. But, ultimately, I found that I learned the most from doing engineering internships in college and just learning from experience in the workplace.
Q: What’s the most challenging project you’ve worked on at VOSS?
A: I can’t really think of a project in particular, but in general, the hardest projects are always things that are out of the norm. Projects that are very different from what I normally do and kind of get me out of my comfort zone. However, those are also the projects that I learn the most from.
Q: What do you enjoy most about working in engineering?
A: I really love seeing things come together. I like visualizing what something is going to look or be like before I start designing it, then figuring out the most efficient way to accomplish that. It’s a satisfying feeling to put work into something and then be able to actually see the results of it, how it’s used and what it looks like when it’s built.
Q: What challenges do you face working in engineering?
A: I think one of the biggest challenges is working with customers. In the automotive industry, things are constantly changing. Sometimes you design something and are almost completely done with it when you find out that the customer has changed their mind and wants something different. You just have to roll with the punches.
Q: What advice do you have for someone interested in working in engineering?
A: I absolutely recommend doing an internship in your field during college – the sooner the better. For some people, you may realize that engineering is just not what you thought it was, and it’s good to find that out before you get all the way through college. But most of all, it’s an extremely valuable experience. It will help you grow, teach you a lot, and benefit you greatly in landing your first real job after school.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I love to watch basketball (Go Hoosiers!), enjoy photography, sketching and graphic art, and pretty much anything related to technology. I also enjoy just relaxing at home, hanging out with my wife and playing with our puppy.