Meet Our People: Chuck, Applications Engineer
Meet Chuck Bassett, an experienced Applications Engineer from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He joined Zuken in April 2020 after working for an aerospace and defense company for 24 years. Although he’s relatively new to the Zuken family, he’s a great addition to the SOZO team, the company’s R&D center in Silicon Valley. He recently connected with me to share his story so I could get to know him better.
From Collins Aerospace to Zuken
I started my career as an electrical test technician after being recruited by Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, IA. After they had a cutback, I went to work for another company for 11 years. While there, I moved from being a production technician to a test equipment lab technician, where I was mentored in programming and learned PCB design. Eventually, I returned to what is now Collins Aerospace, where I worked as a PCB designer. A few years later, I moved into a support role, which really helped improve my programming skills. After earning a degree in programming, I took over as the PC department application engineer/programmer. Near the end of my career at Collins Aerospace a job opportunity at Zuken opened up, and the rest is history!
Creating Automated Solutions for Customers
As an applications engineer, I create automated solutions for Zuken’s customers, allowing them to execute their tasks more quickly and efficiently. Much of my work involves making customer-specific automated tasks using the automation techniques built into the CR-8000 Design Gateway and CR-8000 Design Force tools. Working here in the last year, I love that I’ve been able to learn several methods to automate tasks for each tool.
Speaking of automated solutions, recently, I’ve been working on several tasks for our customer, Lockheed Martin. They had custom requirements for CR-8000 Design Gateway that I was able to resolve with some VB.NET programs. I was also able to automate a manufacturing output process for CR-8000 Design Force to give them quick and consistent outputs. Helping customers achieve their end goals and resolve their issues is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job.
Learning the Ropes of an Applications Engineer
My day usually starts at 6 am; the early mornings are a habit carried over from my previous job. First thing, I check email and see what meetings are on the schedule for the day. Then I’ll work on whatever task(s) are a priority for the week. Often it’s a programming task, but sometimes it’s documentation or a presentation. I’m still learning the ropes of my job, so the workday is usually quite full and goes by quickly.
Independent working is usually the norm on most of my projects. Still, I feel comfortable knowing I can ask my colleagues for advice if I have any questions. Since I was hired during the pandemic, I’ve only interacted with them virtually. I haven’t had the opportunity to meet most of my colleagues face-to-face, but I know that time will come soon, and I’m looking forward to it.
Bike Riding and Wood Working
When I’m not working and the Iowa weather cooperates, I like to stay active by riding my bike. Woodworking is a year-round hobby that doesn’t rely on clear skies. My house is a showcase for several pieces of furniture I created, including the customer standing desk in my home office where I now work. I am very proud of the pieces I’ve built and hope to continue making more in the future.
Haben Sie schon einmal versucht, sich daran zu erinnern, was sich zwischen den einzelnen Versionen eines Designs geändert hat, und mussten dann eine mühselige Überprüfung der beiden Designs machen? Mit den Vergleichsfunktionen in DS-CR lassen sich selbst die kleinsten Änderungen oder unbeabsichtigte Abweichungen zwischen verschiedenen Bearbeitungsständen eines Leiterplattendesigns schnell erkennen.
Viele Jahre lang war das Layout einer Leiterplatte in 2D für die meisten Mainstream-Technologien ausreichend. Heute stehen Produktentwickler im Elektronikbereich jedoch vor neuen Herausforderungen, ausgelöst durch Megatrends wie beispielsweise das Internet of Things. Können die heutigen CAD-Tools also die neuen Anforderungen erfüllen und die Vorteile der neuen Technologien ausschöpfen?
An avid woodworker and cyclist, Chuck is one of the newer members of the Zuken team. He loves helping customers with the programming skills. In this post, he tells us what it’s like to be an Applications Engineer.
Zuken nimmt an Förderprojekt progressivKI im BMWI Schwerpunkt „Neue Fahrzeug- und Systemtechnologien“ teil – Erforschung eines KI gestützten Entwurfs sicherer Elektroniksysteme.