GSSI’s Employee Spotlight is an interview series where we chat with fellow team members to get a glimpse into their careers and gain unique insight into our culture, history, and vision for the future.
This week our employee spotlight shines on Charlie, one of our Manufacturing Engineers.
Charlie is a New Hampshire native, born and raised in the Concord area. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire and has worked at GSSI as a Manufacturing Engineer since 2018. He enjoys spending his time with his family and loves to explore new and different places with his children, Jackson and Maddie. During his off time, Charlie dabbles with several hobbies including fitness, golf, working on cars, and listening to music.
RF: Charlie, thanks for letting us put you in the hot seat! Now, you’ve been with GSSI for a couple of years, and I feel like the role of a Manufacturing Engineer has a lot of facets. How would you describe what a typical day looks like for you?
CL: My job is essentially problem solving. My role tends to be responsible for making sure production can smoothly and efficiently get high quality products out the door in a timely manner. A typical day consists of writing up engineering change requests (ECR’s) for redline drawings, working on New Product Introduction (NPI) pilot builds/procedures, designing fixtures and tools to help production build product more efficiently, and putting out fires on the floor when problems arise.
RF: Wow, sounds like you wear a lot of hats! What do you think is the biggest misunderstanding in a role like yours?
CL: I think the biggest misunderstanding of my role is that I am purely a “fixer.” Although I love to fix problems and have my hand in a great deal of “smoothing out,” I am also a great resource for NPI and can lend a hand in design choices at the concept level to steer the new products in a more production friendly direction. Recently, my role has expanded. I am involved in a lot more projects that I didn’t think I would get the chance to be part of and it’s fun to utilize my skills in as many ways as possible!
RF: We’re certainly happy to hear that you have fun at work. In fact, some might say we have a little too much fun sometimes. If you had to choose, what has been your favorite memory to share?
CL: There are so many, how do I choose?!
I think my favorite memories are the ones from our company events (Holiday party, Thanksgiving, the golf tournament, etc.). These are always a blast and people let loose (a bit), and I get to see my colleagues in a different light. I always have a great time getting to know the people I consider coworkers and friends more during these special times.
RF: Those events are always some of my favorites too. GSSI is getting close to 100 employees, and it’s great when we get a chance to spend time together. Your group has been growing lately too. From your perspective, how have you seen the growth?
CL: The Operations department has changed a lot. Several role changes, people retiring or leaving, new hires, a new Vice President of Operations, but all the changes have been for the better. The new leadership has sparked a new view on everything. It’s been refreshing and I feel it has really pushed us all in a new and exciting direction. Everyone is firing on all cylinders now and it’s amazing to be a part of such a strong and capable group. Personally, these changes have given me a new perspective on my role and how valuable I am to GSSI and that makes my job much more enjoyable.
RF: As you know, GSSI is celebrating their 50th anniversary. If you had a crystal ball, where do you think GSSI will be the next five years?
CL: I think our market is ever expanding. Our customers are pushing the boundaries of GPR technology every day. To support that, I picture us making improvements in the technology, adding about 20 more people in the next 5 years, and selling systems into applications we’ve only ever dreamed about. We have a lot to offer the industry and I believe that 5 years is a good deal of time to make an even bigger impact on things than we already have.
Robin Finnegan, SHRM-CP, is the HR Manager and has been with GSSI since 2011. To check out current job openings, please visit our careers page