GRADS ON THE GROUND – Full Steam Ahead
WITH MITCHELL BINGAMAN

STORY JAKE FREDERICKS | IMAGE HANNAH ZIEGELER

EDUCATION

Western Michigan University (WMU)

Mechanical Engineering, B.B.S. ’17

HOMETOWN

Scotts, MI

EMPLOYMENT

Application Engineer, Steam and Condensate Department, Armstrong International

All in a Day’s Work
I have been working at Armstrong International since March 2018. Armstrong designs and manufactures mechanical solutions for steam, air, and hot water applications. Our products are used everywhere from education and healthcare to the food and beverage industry. As an application engineer, my job is to directly support Armstrong’s third-party representatives by thoroughly answering any and all technical questions. Sometimes, my team has to calculate a quote for a big project. Other times, there may be an issue with a product, and we have to troubleshoot it. I never know what question I am going to get.

Talking Shop
For this job in particular, being able to stay organized is vital. On any given day, I have many projects to manage simultaneously. My team, the Applications Team, prides itself on providing prompt and accurate responses, so I am always answering emails and phone calls. We are a tight-knit group, so we all know that we can rely on each other to share information and lend a hand.

From Intern to Employment
I previously had three internships at Armstrong, so I got to know the company pretty well and built relationships with the people here before I got the job. During my first two internships, I worked in the Humidification Department, testing prototype humidifiers and their software. Then, for my senior design project at WMU, I worked at Armstrong for a semester to redesign a heat-exchanger for greater efficiency and heat transfer in a smaller-sized tank.

Looking Ahead
As a new employee, I have been taking advantage of Armstrong’s training sessions. Recently, I attended two offsite project management classes. I learned how to budget time and money effectively for large-scale projects, while still keeping progress on pace. I can definitely see that information being useful down the line.

Staying Local
I have lived in Michigan my whole life, so it was great to be able to find a job in a familiar place. I love living in Three Rivers—it’s a perfect location for me because it’s close to work, and I can easily get to either downtown Portage or Kalamazoo. I usually meet up with my friends on weekends to go bowling at Airway Fun Center, kayaking on the Kalamazoo River, or to unwind at one of the local breweries

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