EVS Metal is pleased to publish another installation in our series of spotlight articles highlighting employees and their departments. We hope these help illustrate EVS’ capabilities as a manufacturer and sheet metal fabricator, and the value our people bring to the table each and every day.
This week, we’re speaking with Mike, an award-winning welder from EVS Texas, for the third and final part of our interview,
Q&A with Mike, Lead Welder, EVS Metal TX
EVS: Are there any special welding processes available at EVS that are fairly unique for the industry?
Mike: No, we generally only use two processes, which is GMAW and GTAW. The difference is the way we use them, especially GTAW. We have recently started to use a positioner for some parts, Pulsed GTAW for controlling heat input on others, and looking at how we can increase the quality of our welds without increasing weld times.
EVS: What has been the most complex challenge you have encountered in your position?
Mike: Becoming the Lead Welder after only being there a short time has been a challenge. There were guys that have been there for a lot longer than me when I got the position. That was a bit difficult. Introducing new ideas, techniques, and working with a lot of different personalities has been a challenge. I have made some mistakes along the way too. It has made for an interesting past 4 years.
EVS: What has been your most rewarding project at EVS?
Mike: That is a tough one… as of right now, it has been for a company that builds incredible 3D printers. The project requires big stainless steel weldments, with critical surfaces on flanges and airtight weld requirements. We are using more pulsed GTAW, positioner welding and working with material thicknesses we are not used to. We have one weldment that is less than 20 inches by 20 inches square but has several feet of welding in it, with two but stainless steel plates, some tubing, and a super surface critical flange on top. This job really requires us to think about every weld, the shrinkage produced by the weld, the order and direction of each weld, and a grocery list of other variables. I love that it makes me think critically about what and how I am welding.
EVS: How do you see the metal fabrication industry growing or changing over the next few years? How do you see EVS Metal changing to accommodate/address these things?
Mike: I think the industry is becoming more demanding. As the industry grows and becomes more complex it will demand better-trained people, more advanced technology and processes. At EVS we are already working to meet those needs with a new laser that cuts cleaner and faster, automated press brakes, welders with multiple certifications based on customer requirements, better tracking software, automated welding cells, newer more advanced welding machines, and starting to talk to local trade schools to recruit the next generation of welders, CNC machinists, etc.
EVS: Anything else you’d like to share about your department/responsibilities/position?
Mike: I would work with a great bunch of people at EVS Texas. My job has had its ups and downs but I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. Over my past six years at EVS, I have had the support of the company and the people in it, which has allowed me to earn my degree in welding technology ( I graduate this week!), compete not once but twice at the state and national level for metal sculpture, as well as grow into my position at EVS Texas.
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