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. Tyler Hartman is one of those engineers, and today, the spotlight is on him.
Tyler has been with VOSS since May 2015, 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: What inspired me to become an engineer was the drive to design and create something new. In high school, I had an opportunity to take some engineering classes, where I was able to design and build things from nothing. This was something I couldn’t do with any of my other core subjects.
Q: Did your education prepare you for your career in engineering?
A: Yes, Trine University helped prepare me with the critical thinking skills needed to take a product and adapt it to meet the needs of the customer.
Q: What’s the most challenging project you’ve worked on at VOSS?
A: The most challenging project I have worked on at VOSS has been creating SCR lines for our automotive customers. Creating a product for a vehicle that is still in the design phase causes constant re-design of our product.
Q: What do you enjoy most about working in engineering?
A: What I enjoy most about working in engineering is the opportunity to create new products and the satisfaction of witnessing your work being used by others.
Q: What challenges do you face working in engineering?
A: One of the biggest challenges that I face is the expectation to see a problem before it exists and find a solution while designing a product that meets the needs of the customer. Problems can include things like high costs, potential failures, manufacturing issues or assembly difficulties.
Q: What advice do you have for someone interested in working in engineering?
A: Take additional classes that support your major to help you become well rounded, increase your knowledge and find the engineering field you are most passionate about.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends while camping, four wheeling, riding dirt bikes, grilling, and building/fixing things.
Q: What else should people know about you?
A: Everything can be improved. You just have to find a way.