Millennials in Manufacturing - Alex Johnson

Millennials in Manufacturing: A Long-term Career Prospect

Saline Lectronics Blog

Millennials in Manufacturing - Alex JohnsonIn our latest I-Connect007 Millennials in Manufacturing Blog Series we feature Alex Johnson, an associate engineer at Saline Lectronics.

Alex has been with Lectronics for over two years, and so far, he is genuinely enjoying it. He’s gained a better understanding of the electronic manufacturing process and enjoys addressing the challenges that come along with manufacturing.

“There are a lot of tasks to be completed before production, and a lot of issues that arise during electronic manufacturing, especially if you manufacture as many different pcb assemblies as we do at Lectronics. Organizing these tasks, and ensuring nothing drops off the list has proven to be an ongoing challenge. I’m always looking for ways to improve my organizational system,” Alex said.

Solving these electronic manufacturing problems, and ensuring efficient work day in and day out is what makes the job satisfying for Alex.

“It’s interesting to see exactly to what extent the proper tools and techniques can increase overall efficiency. We had a customer using a custom battery connector. Since it was custom-made, it was supplied to us in bulk packaging, and had to be hand-placed. Simply creating a fixture to assist in the hand-placement of these parts halved the amount of labor involved in placing these parts. As quantities continued to increase, we invested in the ability to machine-place these parts; what used to be a six-hour job now can be completed in under an hour.”

“As another example, figuring out how to create a tool that will allow you to manufacture a part using a reflow soldering method as opposed to a hand-soldering method can often be very challenging, but very rewarding in the end.”

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