Erik Lince, among Control Engineering Leaders Under 40 for 2010
Erik Lince, 28
Advanced Technologies Engineer, 9 years
ThyssenKrupp System Engineering Inc.
Auburn Hills, MI USA
Job function: System Integration or Consulting
Academics: Lean Manufacturing, Delta College Computer Languages, Mott College Robot Programming, Valentine Robotics Rob-Cad Training, Siemens PLM Software Private Pilot, Wind Sock Aviation Commercial Pilot Training, Acker Aviation
Achievements: I worked in Mexico at our customer’s facility for nearly one year with short breaks to come home to Michigan. We worked many 12-hour-plus days for seven days a week and finally achieved our end goal with success. The system was nearly 20% over the target cycle time; as a team we worked to achieve the intended cycle time and managed to keep our customer satisfied.
Non-work hobbies: I took a vacation with my dad, brother in-law, and my brother in-law’s best man. We went on a hiking trip for one week on Isle Royal and enjoyed being part of nature for a week. I did this because my dad and I are very close, and we needed a little father-son time before my wedding this fall. I am the president of our condominium association in Frankenmuth, Michigan. I am a private pilot and very involved at the Frankenmuth Airport, and I sit on the board of directors as an alternate board member.
Engineering hobbies: I installed a new pair of amphibious floats on an airplane with the help of my father and a couple of friends. This was a pretty difficult task, but with a lot of planning and a great amount of attention to detail, everything worked out without any problems.
Start in controls: I have always been interested in mechanical machines and when I began studying robotics, I was hooked. I began looking at jobs that other people do not want to do or were physically incapable of, and I tried to think of ways to implement a robot. After a while I found myself looking for a career in robotics and automation.
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