Alumnus uses skills learned at Quinnipiac to optimize safety at manufacturing plant

November 30, 2022

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As a manufacturing engineer at ITW Drawform, Donald Claude ’22 works to improve the plant’s ergonomics, safety and productivity – allowing him to help create a better working environment for employees and directly impact the company’s bottom line.

Claude explained that his work designing and optimizing systems assists in ensuring that products are produced efficiently and safely while creating minimal waste.

“A recent project I worked on was focused on facility layout that used limited space while adding ergonomic solutions for a new parts washer,” said Claude. “The final design used surrounding equipment such as lift tables and a gib crane which will prevent injury since it eliminates the need to lift heavy boxes.”

Claude said that he used many of the concepts he learned in the industrial engineering program at Quinnipiac, such as physical human factors, production systems, and facilities layout and design.

“Being a part of that program definitely helped prepare me for my current position,” said Claude. “I learned how to truly define and analyze complex problems, which is a skill that I use daily. Also, various courses provided me with the knowledge and tools necessary to solve problems faced by manufacturing plants effectively.”

Claude said that he most enjoys the problem-solving aspect of his job.

“As an industrial engineer, I am constantly presented with new challenges to overcome,” said Claude. “I love finding creative solutions to complex problems. It’s always gratifying to see a project come together and run smoothly thanks to the work that I put in.”

After working as an aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Air Force, Claude initially thought that a degree in mechanical engineering would suit him best. But, after taking an intro to engineering course, he realized that it was actually industrial engineering that would be the best way to combine his interests and skills.

“When I first started at Quinnipiac, I thought pursuing mechanical engineering would make my military experience more valuable to future employers,” said Claude. “However, after being introduced to industrial engineering, I realized that it not only encompasses my background in mechanics but also has a focus on improving efficiency and productivity in a variety of industries.”

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