East Bay Manufacturers was the first manufacturing company I had ever stepped foot in. I visited as part of a tour with my high school, and had no idea what to expect. I did not know what the machines would look like, or how the layout of the facility would be. If I had any preconceptions of what it would be like, I don’t remember. All I remember is the sharp smell of machines, and the foreign noises as Randy, the general manager, led us around the shop. Most of what he told us about I did not understand. I was one of the only students who did not have an engineering background, which meant that when they used terms such as “CNC machine”, “CAD system”, “milling machine”, and “lathe”, I was completely lost. Thankfully, I’ve learned a lot since then! But at the time, they were just things I wished I knew.
Despite not knowing much, the industry intrigued me. I was slightly disappointed to think that I might not have the chance to work at the company because I didn’t know how to operate a machine or inspect parts. Imagine my surprise when Randy told the group that he was looking for an intern to do their marketing… Marketing was something I could do! After Randy spoke to us, I introduced myself, and now here I am.
As the marketer for a manufacturing company, I have to learn about many different aspects of the business in order to accurately portray it on the website, social media pages, and advertisements. I still can’t operate a machine or inspect a part, but my knowledge since I started has grown and turned into a love for the company and the industry.
I love manufacturing because there is something magical about the idea of taking a part from conception to actualization. But there is something else that captures the imagination in a way you wouldn’t expect. At East Bay Manufacturers, we do not make any flashy consumer products. We supply parts that are used in the creation of a larger system or product. For example, we make parts that go into nuclear submarines. But most of the time, we don’t know what our parts are exactly being used for. This mystery is what captures the imagination. Something that came from our facility could be floating around in the sky as part of an airplane, submerged undersea, or as part of the production process that put the food on your table. There are so many possibilities for these small parts that we make, and learning about the production of them is a way to be closer to all of the possibilities there are in manufacturing.