Brian Bernum, Mechanical Project Engineer

Brian Bernum, Mechanical Project Engineer
Name
Brian Bernum

Position
Mechanical Project Engineer

What does your job entail?
My job entails new product mechanical design, revisions and updates to legacy product designs.  Components for some older product lines can become unavailable, so sourcing replacements is necessary.  Another part is mechanical and electrical testing of the completed product.  Sometimes this is done right in the office, other times this will involve travel to a test lab for witness testing.
 
What is the best part of your job?
The most important part is communication.  During the design of a product, design concept 3D models are sent to sales and engineering management to get an idea if the project is headed in the right direction.  The communication at this point is key so that all involved are aware of the design and can add any necessary input to the design process.  The best part of my job is seeing a completed design built for the first time and working as intended.

What about this job or organization are you most passionate about?
This can change day to day.  Some days it’s building a 3D CAD model of something that had previously been only a crude sketch.  Other days it’s working as part of a team to solve a problem.
 
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Watching a new product pass a severe physical shock test.
 
What is the work environment like at AMETEK STC?
There is the usual need to complete tasks in a timely manner, but there is also time to enjoy it too.  Open minded associates really help with solutions to design and manufacturing problems.
 
What advice would you give to a new employee?
Don’t let the fear of making a mistake hurt your creativity.  Also, there is a lot more to engineering than design.  Be prepared to get your hands dirty, to see some frustration and the satisfaction of getting through it.