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Engineers Week 2021

It’s Engineers Week — a week slated to recognize the work of engineers. We know Vista Outdoor would be nothing without the engineers we employ. That’s why we’ve pulled together a select few of our engineers to feature. Peruse these seven write-ups on some of the finest engineers in the company, along with their thoughts on a backup plan if they weren’t busy bringing ideas to reality.

 

man skiingCODY BRUMETT, CCI Speer Manufacturing Engineer 2 
9 years of engineering service
5 years with CCI Speer

What got you interested in engineering?
Honestly it was the shortest line at the career fair, but it worked out! Engineering is such a broad field, you can go anywhere you want with it. Every day brings different problems that take creative thinking to come up with effective solutions. There’s rarely a dull moment!

​​​What is the most satisfying aspect of being an engineer at Vista Outdoor?
The freedom to work directly with the folks on the floor and provide them with improvements to their equipment. Especially the ergonomic improvements that save wrists, backs, shoulders, etc…

If I wasn’t an engineer I’d make a great… mountain biking tour guide.


 

man with cougar and dogsDILLON GLOVER, CCI Speer – Manufacturing Engineer
5 years of engineering service
6 years (Engineering intern for a year)

What got you interested in engineering?
​​​​​​​I spent spare time daydreaming of inventions. The engineering field seemed to best fit this interest of wanting to innovate.

What is the most satisfying aspect of being an engineer at Vista Outdoor?
Challenging myself to come up with innovative ways to accomplish a task and bringing the ideas to life. Its truly satisfying to see an employee’s job become substantially easier with the use of your design.

If I wasn’t an engineer I’d make a great… cowpuncher.

 


 

woman headshotKELSEY HAMMOND, CamelBak – Mechanical Design Engineer
10 years of engineering service
7 years at CamelBak

What got you interested in engineering?
I’ve always enjoyed tinkering with things and figuring out how they work. When I realized that an Engineer gets to tinker and invent things as a profession, I was thrilled!

​​​​What is the most satisfying aspect of being an engineer at Vista Outdoor?
​​​​​​​I love making products that people trust. One of the key tenants of Engineering at CamelBak is to make high quality, durable, functional products. Seeing friends, family, and strangers out in the world using these great products brings me great satisfaction.

 

If I wasn’t an engineer I’d make a great… professional baker.


 

man bikingTOM LUHRS, CamelBak – Mechanical Design Engineer
9 years of engineering service
3 years with CamelBak

What got you interested in engineering?
I always had a personal affinity for mechanical things like bikes and cars. In school, math and science came most naturally to me.  Even though I didn’t know much about engineering specifically, it was a good combination of my interests and my strengths.

What is the most satisfying aspect of being an engineer at Vista Outdoor?
​​​​​​​The connections between my day-to-day work and my personal hobbies and lifestyle make the work rewarding.  Knowing the technical challenges I’m solving will improve somebody’s ride, hike or commute makes it that much more tangible and satisfying.  Seeing people enjoy our products on a hiking trail or on the ski slopes really makes me appreciate what I get to work on.

If I wasn’t an engineer I’d make a great… Formula 1 Pit Mechanic.

 


 

family of fourCRAIG PETERSON, Federal – Product Development Engineer
16 years of engineering service, 5 years at Federal

What got you interested in engineering?
In my younger years, my dad (who is not an engineer by trade) and I would fix and make things instead of buying them. From trailers to tree stands, whenever we came up with what we thought was a clever solution, he would comment “shoulda been an engineer.” Well, I decided I would become one.

What is the most satisfying aspect of being an engineer at Vista Outdoor?
​​​​​​​Designing something on the computer, bringing it to life in production, and seeing it on a store shelf or in a magazine article where I can see the impact that it has.

If I wasn’t an engineer I’d make a great… Bow Technician.

 


 

man with sheepMITCHELL PETERSON, Remington – Senior Chemical Engineer
9 years of engineering services
4.5 years at Remington

What got you interested in engineering?
Original interest in chemistry and mathematics transferred the most credits to larger D1 engineering program when smaller local university could not provide a BS in Chemistry. Engineering also provides excellent job placement out of school.

What is the most satisfying aspect of being an engineer at Vista Outdoor?
The opportunity, enthusiasm and support they give.

If I wasn’t an engineer I’d make a great… Ski bum.

 


 

man with mushroomJEFF WILLIAMS, CCI Speer – Development Engineer
18 years of engineering service
15 years with CCI Speer

What got you interested in engineering?
My first woodworking project in grade school was an abacus. Everyone else was building bird houses. It’s probably a sign that I wouldn’t have made a good biologist. Most of high school, I worked for a guy that was an engineer by training and in his ‘former life.’  He moved on to start a beekeeping business; honey production and pollination. Probably not considered an engineering-intensive trade. Maybe for the bee. It was the first time in years of working with farmers and ranchers that I had exposure to a design oriented mindset. We didn’t just build the things we needed. We built fixtures and processes to make building the things easier, consistent, efficient. We developed tools to make it straightforward for folks with less fabrication skills to get the job done. I think it was this step beyond just crafting that I found interesting.

What is the most satisfying aspect of being an engineer at Vista Outdoor?
One of the best parts of this job is using the products we work on.  Not just ‘testing’ in a lab but actually using them in their intended setting.  The tech involved with designing a new aircraft or rocket is really cool but you don’t get to take a Patriot missile out on the weekend and show your buddies how it works.  Our team is very tight-knit and it’s satisfying to help each other meet the design goals, regardless of location or whose brand will ultimately get the credit.

If I wasn’t an engineer I’d make a great… Sous Chef

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