Thank you to Mitch LeBlanc for allowing us to share his essay and photo which were originally featured on LinkedIn.
Blog post by Automation Engineer Mitch LeBlanc
Since I haven’t posted on LinkedIn in a while, I would like to give an update about my professional life as of late. I ended 2021 on a high note, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University. My journey throughout academia has taught me a great deal. I have been fortunate enough to interact with and learn from many intelligent facility members, meet peers with like-minded goals, and grow professionally as a young engineer.
Shortly after graduating from college, I accepted an engineering position with Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT). During college, I worked as an intern for AMT, and I really enjoyed my experience there. So, I decided to return to the company as an Automation Engineer once an opportunity for employment became available. At AMT, I not only have the opportunity to work with the latest innovative technologies within robotics and programmable logic controller systems (PLC), but I am also traveling across the country most of the time. After completing training at our headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, I was sent out to a town just outside of Boise, Idaho to work with a company called House of Design (HOD). HOD works with robotics and automation to build housing trusses. I have been responsible for providing support when it comes to debugging errors in robot code, as well as helping solve issues along the developmental stages within HOD’s operating system. Soon, I will be working in Austin, Texas to help provide additional support for House of Design in order to implement a newly developed customer support service that my team and I created.
Traveling has always been of interest to me and being able to experience life in other cities while working has offered many opportunities to gain a varying degree of perspectives, which in turn, help me to grow both professionally and personally. From what I have experienced so far, I am very excited to continue this journey for years to come and learn more about my passion of engineering. I am more than thankful for the guidance and leadership that has led me to this point in my life, and I hope to continue to be surrounded by that same guidance going forward.