Meet Nate, SMT & Secondary Operations Manager at Appareo.
Describe your job in 25 words or less.
I ensure production demands are met while meeting our metrics such as, safety, quality and productivity. I also research and implement new technologies and equipment.
Tell me how you first got involved in Surface Mount Technology.
I have been involved with robotics since high school. For my very first job I programmed welding robots for a cement and refuse truck manufacturer. Five years later, an opportunity landed in my lap from an electronics manufacturer. The hiring manager there told me that if I could weld and program robots, then I could solder and program SMT equipment. At first I thought he was nuts, but after 18 years in this industry, he was right!
What has been your favorite project at Appareo and why?
Researching, justifying and implementing the high-speed Panasonic SMT line. I find great joy in implementing new technologies or equipment that improves safety, quality and efficiencies to manufacturing.
If you weren’t working, what would you be doing instead?
I would be camping and fishing. I really enjoy getting out of town and driving to a remote location to take in the great outdoors.