Faces of Manufacturing: Machining's a Thrill Ride for Former Drag Racer

Faces of Manufacturing: Machining's a Thrill Ride for Former Drag Racer

One in a Manufacturing Day series that celebrates the industry’s workers, from the C-Suite to the shop floor.

Marcus Bowen

City/State of Residence: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 

My proudest moment would probably have to be when (Formtek's president) came to me and said, 'Pick out the machine that you feel we need.'"

Job Title: CNC Machining Group Leader       

Company: Formtek Inc.

Years with Company: 5

Industry of Your Company: OEM of machine tools for the roll-forming and metal-fabricating industry

Education: Cuyahoga Falls High School graduate, two years vocational school, two years United States Navy

What made you decide to pursue a career in manufacturing?

In 2011, after 10 years of professional drag racing on the NHRA circuit--and being on the road more than I was home--I had to sit down and decide what I wanted to do as a career. Taking into account the skills I had acquired in the past 15 years, I decided CNC programmer/machinist was what I most enjoyed.

What does your job entail?

My primary duties are to apply advanced manufacturing techniques to our extensive product lines. Identifying time saving processes and reducing production costs. In addition, provide training to our CNC programmer/ machinists, from basic milling principles to advanced multi-axis milling and turning using the latest Mastercam CAD/CAM software package.  As well as new employee training. 

What is the most interesting part of your job? Your proudest moment?

If there was one thing I had to pick as the most interesting, it would have to be the pace at which manufacturing has progressed in the past decade. With my background in programming and machining, it's fascinating to see a CNC machine that can not only print a 3-D shape out of powdered metal onto a machine table but also be able to machine the metal you just printed. 

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