|Tom is a seasoned engineer with|
a wealth of experience
TC: I like to find solutions to problems. I like to build mechanisms and machines that are cool and that can move fast.
Question: Who was your biggest influence in becoming an engineer?
TC: My father, who was a mechanic, and also my uncle, who was an electrical designer. Another uncle also inspired me as well; he was a software programmer. Other influences include Caroll Shelby, Burt Rutan, and Ben Franklin.
Question: Where did you go to school?
TC: I attended college at Cal Poly, in San Luis Obispo, California.
Question: What kind of job experience did you have before joining the Bishop-Wisecarver team?
TC: I have over a decade of experience in motion control, laboratory automation, and factory automation. As far as motion control goes, I’ve been an Applications Engineer for a manufacturer of servo motors, stepper motors, and controllers.
I’ve also worked as a R&D Design Engineer, where I worked on automation and robotic systems for magnetic resonance analyzers.
Working with factory automation equipment, I filled the position of Electrical Controls Engineer making automated corrugated paper factory equipment using PLC, HMI, pneumatics hydraulics, motors, sensors, and conveyor systems.
Question: Have you had any internships?
TC: I had a six month internship at a bio-tech company where I worked on the DNA analyzer which used an automated x-y-z robot to map the entire human DNA.
Question: What is your area of expertise?
TC: Really, my specialties include motion control, linear actuators, and robotics. That is a huge part of the reason I was so glad to come back to Bishop-Wisecarver.
Question: What do you enjoy most about being an engineer?
TC: I really enjoy helping others to find solutions, as well as creating machines which make things run more efficiently and quickly.
Question: What's the most rewarding thing about being an engineer?
TC: I would have to say that hearing about uses of motion systems and automation in amazing machines is far and away the coolest part of this job.
Question: What is the toughest application you have worked on?
TC: Once, I worked on a custom product for a Detroit car manufacturing company. That was very difficult!
Question: Any advice to aspiring engineers?
TC: Writers write. Machine builders build. Don’t limit your imagination.
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