Camcor Mfg., Linamar
Sector: Engineering, Manufacturing
Born: Outside Canada
Type: Career Profile
Math, Physics, Science, Technology & Engineering
I like challenges and my job keeps providing me with many opportunities here. I also like working with people and am a big believer of teamwork.
I graduated mechanical engineering and became a machine tool designer in my former country. After 10 years, I moved with my family to Canada. I started out as a machine operator. I worked hard at this job, developing skills and knowledge that allowed me to apply for other jobs as they became available. After being a machine operator, I became a machine setup specialist, then lead hand, project engineer, and program manager.
Each role helped me develop new skills and knowledge. Now, as engineering manager, I am using all the skills and knowledge I have developed over the years to lead and support the engineers in my department.
Learn and work hard. Engineering is the best career in my opinion. It is very fulfilling when you fix a problem or find a solution to make improvement.
I am an airspace geek. I like everything about airplanes and space exploration.
I work at our plant that makes parts for major carmaker companies such as Ford, GM, Honda, etc. Our plant is a large one with many engineers in our engineering department. My job is to manage this department. In this role, I make sure our programs and projects have the resources they need. I also make plans so that projects, that have not started yet, will have resources when they come on line. Part of my job is to build and maintain relationships with our customers. I’m also involved in hiring of new employees when needed and for assigning our engineers to various tasks and to training programs they may need.
In addition to my management role, I also get involved with technical challenges and troubleshooting when needed. I’m involved in looking for new business contracts and in new program launch planning. On a daily basis, I participate in meetings and conferences with customers, as well as with various equipment suppliers.
I was born/grew up in: I was born in a country called Yugoslavia, part of it is Serbia today, in Central Europe. The city is called Kikinda.
I now live in: I live in Guelph, Ontario
I completed my training/education at: I completed my Mechanical Engineering studies at the Technical Sciences University, Novi Sad, Serbia.
When I was
- Computer Science
- Space Studies
- Liked helping people
- Was motivated by success
- Liked being given free range to explore my ideas
- Liked reading
- Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
- Always knew what I wanted to do
- Learned best by "doing”