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Engineers Week 2020:

Engineers Week, February 16-22, 2020, is a week dedicated to the engineering workforce. Vista Outdoor has 157 employees with an Engineering-based title, so we are using this opportunity to highlight a few of them, what they are working on ​​​​​​​and why they chose their profession.

 

selfie of a man by rocksJEFF DAVIES
Design Engineering Manager, CamelBak
​​​​​​​34+ years of service | 14+ years with CamelBak

What got you interested in the engineering field?
My passion for creating and understanding how things work. To my parents frustration, I always tore things apart to figure out how they worked and was successful reassembling them…most of the time!

My choice for a Mechanical Engineering focus over other engineering disciplines was the product and industry diversity it had to offer. I have worked for DoD, startups, aerospace, audio electronics, and ultimately landed in outdoor consumer products.​​​​​​​

Tell us about an interesting project you’ve recently worked on.
My most recent project assignment was lead engineer for the vacuum stainless Horizon drinkware collection. Our team collectively executed the delivery of eight new styles of vessels and lids in under 9 months setting a record for our hard goods product development team.

What is the most satisfying aspect of being an engineer at Vista Outdoor?
My passion for the outdoors started with trail hiking and skiing and evolved to motocross, cross-country motorcycle touring and lately mountain biking. Working for Camelbak and Vista Outdoor keeps me connected to my interests and challenges me to innovate product that motivates people to go outdoors and stay healthy.

If you weren’t an engineer, you’d make a great…
If I were not an engineer I would be a great finish carpenter.

 

 

two men with scuba diving equipmentPAUL BOGART
Network Engineer, Vista Outdoor
32 years of Service | 5 years at Vista Outdoor

What got you interested in the engineering field?
I grew up in a construction family and had a choice to become a block or brick layer or find a way to go to school. After completing school for electronics and computers, I was offered a job at a bank supporting their network. My dad urged me to stay the course and the opportunities to be on the ground floor of the expanding Ethernet and World Wide Web (WWW) soon exploded!

Network Engineering allows me to continue to work with the trades while working to make sure all aspects of the business stays connected.

Tell us about an interesting project you’ve recently worked on.
We are working on deploying a new technology into our network infrastructure called “SDWan”. It takes advantage of the higher speeds and bandwidth capabilities of the Internet and by blending it with the more traditional WAN technologies of point/point circuits, etc. It will offer better failover, reduced latency and better application awareness while reducing overall costs to the corporation.

What is the most satisfying aspect of being an engineer at Vista Outdoor?
Seeing other teams succeed in their projects, whether its manufacturing, distribution, sales, marketing or even our teams within IT. I’m a big advocate of treating everyone as a customer.

If you weren’t an engineer, you’d make a great…
Instructor. Over the years, I have taught youth firearms safety, ATV/snowmobile, Adult pistol and Scuba Diving. I enjoy seeing people advance their skills.

 

man next to equipmentKYLE CAPP
Project Engineer, BLACKHAWK
12 years of Service | 6.5 years at BLACKHAWK

What got you interested in the engineering field?
The biggest influence on my interest in the mechanical comes from my grandfather. In the summers I would help him on the ranch here in Montana fixing and improving the equipment when necessary. He was a great problem solver, inventor, and teacher.

Tell us about an interesting project you’ve recently worked on.
Recently, our Engineering team installed our seventh six-axis robot cell on a traditionally operator run molding machine. This automation cell features multiple vision guided robots to place inserts and then demold the completed assembly. It is the most complex cell we have attempted to date and confirms our methodology of converting staffed tasks to 100% automated. In addition to reducing the labor required for the parts, the cell also reduces ergonomic risk, improves part throughput, and provides for better quality consistency through repeatable cycle times. The labor reduction has also been important as we are then able to move the operator to more value added tasks within the facility, better utilizing their unique skills.

What is the most satisfying aspect of being an engineer at Vista Outdoor?
Not only have I been fortunate to work with the team here at Blackhawk, I have had the opportunity to work with many of the great teams at our sister manufacturing facilities. Interfacing with the teams at Champion, Gold Tip, Eagle, Primos, CCI, and Federal, among others has been a particular joy. Being part of teams coming together to solve unique problems is what has always motivated me as an engineer.

If you weren’t an engineer, you’d make a great…
I can’t think of anything I would be besides an Engineer. Curiosity and the need to solve problems (big or small) has always been a part of me and engineering is the best career to support that drive.

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