Josh Pasker, a graduate of Northeast Iowa Community College’s Engineering Technology program, enjoys the collaboration and variety he encounters every day in his work as a mechanical designer for Lancaster Machine and Tool, Inc., in southwest Wisconsin.
“Having the CAD background and taking 3-D modeling courses at Northeast Iowa Community College really interested me in this type of field. To me, using 3-D modeling software is like playing a video game! I think my career as a mechanical designer is fascinating. The old saying is true: If you enjoy what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life,” Pasker said.
As a student, class projects fired his imagination and problem-solving skills: designing and manufacturing a ball bearing key chain using 3-D modeling software and a 3D printer; reverse engineering a completed design project to learn how to modify its individual components.
“The greatest thing about my job is that every day is different, and I’m still learning something new every day. I don’t see the same thing twice,” the graduate noted. “We’re a close team at Lancaster Machine and Tool; it’s very rare that I don’t talk and collaborate with our CNC machinists on projects during a given day.”