Parker’s Electromechanical and Drives employee profile: Bob Germanoski
Title: Engineering technician
Background: Began in assembly and other positions; ultimately rose to technician role; now leads on integrating mechanical motion components as well as electronics and controls for specialty builds.
Years with Parker’s Electromechanical and Drives: 17 years
Day-to-day: I work with Parker engineers on new products and special designs. Basically, they design the products; the machine shop makes the components; and then I put the parts together and perform testing and other studies. I record any design features that don’t work and outline recommended changes; then I work with the engineers on improvements that need to be made.
My long run here at Parker has given me profound knowledge of our full product portfolio — so a lot of times, I can take suitable components from our library to build things that work really well. On the same token, I derive satisfaction from times when I need to work with motors and drives from other Parker divisions or even competitors. When I’m tasked with building designs off those, there’s usually the need to write programming as well — as a lot of testing relies the complete setup to actually move through the design’s motion.
Take on Parker culture: There’s a lot of opportunity for internal promotions here at Parker — so we have engineers who work here while pursuing degrees for advancement.
Take on Parker capabilities: Every day is different, which keeps our work interesting. If there’s a big project coming through, there’s also a lot of excitement and coordinated effort that goes into ontime delivery. When this happens, my whole day could be devoted to that one product. Sometimes I help assembly on tasks, especially if they’re encountering an issue.
We usually have a lot of meetings before we begin making a new product, but I get a kick out of building the first prototypes — because they’re motion designs that have never been built before.