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Brian PittelENGINEERING MANAGER, MANUFACTURING SUPPORT

Where are you from?
Hemlock, Michigan

How long have you worked at Continental Disc Corporation?
Since 2007

What does your job entail?
I lead the manufacturing support group in providing technical support to Production.  I direct the engineering work related to designing and developing equipment and processes needed to support the manufacture of CDC and GROTH products. 

What is the biggest challenge of your job?
Determining what not to do each day.  There are a variety of longs standing and new problems that face the Production staff of CDC and GROTH.  Only so much can be worked on at one time.  I constantly must prioritize and reprioritize what my group and I are doing.

What is the most rewarding thing about your job?
That what my group and I do helps the people that are manufacturing our product.  We improve the manufacturability of our products, the safety of our processes and the quality of the product that we produce.

What do you love about working at Continental Disc Corporation?
We have a great group of individuals that work at this company that typically come together to help each other out.

Please explain a great customer experience you've had. 
Lead the development of a rupture disc device used for a missile propulsion system.  This was the most complicated rupture disc devise I have knowledge of.  We were able to satisfy the complex and challenging requirements imposed by the customer for the rupture disc device.  The customer was very pleased with the rupture disc device we developed and tested for them.  They stated that we had done more for them in two weeks then another rupture disc company did for them in nine months. It was a very challenging but interesting project which I was able to deal directly with the customer and their engineers.  We developed good working relationships which helped keep the project moving forward quickly and efficiently even though there were many issues during the development of the rupture disc device.

What do you do in your free time?
I spend time with my wife, son and daughter.  I work on a lot of do it yourself projects at home.  I regularly run and lift weights to keep in shape.

What is your favorite sports team(s)?
University of Michigan Football, Basketball and the universities other men’s and women’s sport teams.

 

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