Yesterday, I went “over 6” as an Application Engineer at EXAIR Corporation, and I’m still loving every minute of it! I came here with a fair degree of mechanical engineering & technology know-how, but, in reflection, I’ve learned an even fairer degree…some of which I’d like to share with you, dear reader, on the occasion of this ‘work-iversary:’
*Time spent doing something doesn’t always equal “experience.” If you work at something for, say, 20 years, and never learn anything new after your initial training, you don’t really have 20 years’ experience…you have one year of experience, 20 times. Big difference.
*Teamwork is critical to success. The Patrol Method works. The value of a “lesson learned” multiplies exponentially when it’s shared with others. Design Engineers have a universal law of CAD that says “don’t ever draw anything twice.” Application Engineers “don’t ever test anything twice.”
*Sometimes, there’s one way to find out. That’s why we devote the resources we do to the Efficiency Lab. If you want to know more about the performance of your current compressed air products, and how they might compare to one of our quiet, efficient solutions, so do we.
*A picture is worth a thousand words. We prove this every day, whether it’s a photo (or short video even) of an application, a photo of a product or system for troubleshooting, or a photo of a nameplate or device for product comparison. I’m old enough to remember doing business before email & digital photos, but I swear I don’t know how we ever got anything done.
*There’s always a ‘better mousetrap’ – and that’s the unofficial motto of EXAIR’s Engineering department. That’s why we have so many more Atomizing Spray Nozzles than the did six years ago. And Heavy Duty HEPA Vacs, long Super Air Knives and more product accessories.
*Relationships are vital. At least a couple of days a week, I spend more time with my co-workers than my wife & kids. We’re all in this together, and the more we help each other, the better off we are ourselves.
Next week, I’ll be back to blogging about a super cool compressed air product application. If you come up with one in the meantime, I’ll be happy to talk about it with you. The conversation might just make it into next week’s blog, because one more thing I’ve learned is, when you’ve written 300 or so weekly blogs, “writer’s block” is a very real & present danger!