Navus embraces new challenges head-on. Things are always changing in our industry as new advances are developed every day. We have the tools to meet and overcome these challenges with access to software, programming, robotics, and most importantly, our talented team. This helps us find innovative solutions for our clients that exceed expectations.
Meet Nick S.: Applications Engineer
Nick’s official title is Applications Engineer, and he has previously worked as a Mechanical Design Engineer. He joined Navus five years ago, but to him, the experiences he’s had have made the time fly by.
Making Ideas Into Reality
Navus: What do you do in your role at Navus?
Nick: I essentially take our concept machines and what we’ve quoted to customers and comb through the details of how to make it real. I figure out what parts we have to design, which we want to outsource, and the best way to get the particular machine designed and manufactured. I also work alongside the electrical guys to make sure what I’m designing is something we can actually implement.
I usually work with a team unless it’s a small project. In that case, I’ll be the only designer. But even if I’m the only person working, I’ll still bounce ideas off of the team as a way to keep ideas fresh and to maintain some checks and balances between departments.
Navus: How did you end up in this career and eventually at Navus?
Nick: I originally went to college to be an architect, but ended up switching to engineering. It was a way for me to still have some creativity, but I liked the idea of learning about the mechanics of how things work and are made. I wanted to be a part of the process of creating and designing things.
Funnily enough, I ended up at Navus because I knew the guys who were painting some walls here. They told me about the company, because it seemed like something I was interested in. I came in one day, interviewed, and I’ve been here ever since. At the time, I didn’t even know I was in an official interview until they offered me a job!
Navus: What’s your favorite part about your role at Navus?
Nick: I like when we get a project and we’re not really sure how we’re going to do it. It really lets you figure out the best way to make something happen and forces you to take that initiative when things are open-ended with multiple possibilities. I like thinking through these kinds of challenges, and figuring out what’s the best and most efficient way to accomplish what we want with the final product.
It can be stressful at times, but I think it keeps what Navus is doing unique and innovative. We have a broad area of expertise across our entire team. We’re willing to take on a lot of different projects and we’re confident in our abilities to problem-solve and make them happen for our clients.
Navus: What is your favorite part about working for Navus?
Nick: There’s a lot to it. The team I work with is great and the reason why I love coming into work every day. When we’re asked to solve difficult problems through a project, it can sometimes feel overwhelming, but having a dependable team makes everything possible. The other part I like would be the variety of stuff that we get to do. Nothing ever feels repetitive, and every project demands something different from us.
Teamwork and a Team That Works
Navus: Describe some of the ways you’ve seen the team at Navus work together to overcome challenges in the past.
Nick: There’s a lot of bouncing ideas around and open discussion. Even this past week we’ve been on the floor looking at a machine and discussing what to do as an entire team. Everyone works toward the same goal, or at least we try to. Nobody says “Oh, that’s not my problem.” We’re all working together as much as we can.
Navus: What’s your favorite project that you’ve worked on?
Nick: I would say our project creating a custom solution to mill the edges of multi-ton parts was one of my favorites. It was large-scale, dealt with heavier parts than most of our other projects, and was just a cool process. I got to work with some big parts and intricate designs. Building the conveyor that’s a part of that system required a lot of ingenuity and it was fun watching it come to life.
Navus: What do you envision for the future of Navus?
Nick: I think we have a lot of growth ahead of us. We are starting to do a lot more projects, bigger projects, and multifunction machines. We’re tying groups of machines together and starting to do full lines for our customers. I think that’s a great direction to go, because we’re building a comprehensive system from beginning to end, not just one piece of a larger system.
Forging the Future & Clarifying the Complex in Custom Automation & Fabrication
Our team at Navus is invested in every solution we provide to clients. With our intelligent team and all of the years of experience they have, we develop simple solutions that fit your unique needs, and look sleek and elegant at the same time. Dedicated team members like Nick are a part of the reason our company succeeds in helping our clients overcome complex challenges, and forge new possibilities for their manufacturing needs!
Are you interested in joining the Navus family? Reach out to us today. We’re always looking for talented individuals to join our team of engineers and technicians. Learn more by emailing us at [email protected].