I didn’t always know I wanted to be an engineer.
Growing up, my dad had hopes for me to pursue a career in electrical engineering while I was busy making other plans to be a professional baseball player. Even when I entered college, I started down the path of general literature, science, and arts, because I wanted to give myself room to explore something I was interested in, something I was good at, and most importantly for me, something that could enable me to make a difference in the world. I was like lots of other kids – not sure how I wanted to spend “the rest of my life.”
As it turns out, my dad was on to something. But in true engineer fashion, I needed to test it myself: it took a bit of trial and error and ruling out all other options before realizing that electrical engineering was the perfect fit for me.
Now, as a 34-year veteran in the robotics and automation industry, and new director of engineering for The Tyson Manufacturing Automation Center (TMAC), I tell this story because one of the things I’m most passionate about is encouraging kids who have an interest in STEM and providing resources for them to explore the possibilities that exist within the field.
The grand opening of TMAC is not only part of Tyson’s innovation journey, but also a way to make an impact in the Northwest Arkansas community.
While the center provides space for the development of new manufacturing solutions, collaboration with suppliers and training on new technology that will help advance our business, one aspect I’m most excited about is the opportunity to engage with local schools in order to develop engineers of the future.
In unison with the announcement of TMAC’s grand opening, we’ve also donated $15,000 to the Don Tyson School of Innovation—a school that focuses on STEM and embraces flexible, project-based learning—to help the school’s robotics team travel to Dubai this year to compete in an international event that brings together the best and brightest STEM students from across the globe.
This is just one example of the community outreach we have planned, and I’m looking forward to further collaboration with local schools in developing programs that will provide kids the much needed resources and support to pursue a career in STEM.
I didn’t always know I wanted to be an engineer.
But I am excited to be an active participant in the development of “Industry 4.0,” the newest revolution in manufacturing, and also to encourage the next generation of engineers. I would say that being an engineer was the perfect path for me.
As cheesy as it sounds, I wake up every morning before my alarm clock goes off because I’m inspired by what I do. I found something I was interested in, something I’m good at, and something that allows me to make a difference.
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I am currently in the process of getting rehired at the Tyson Foods production plant in Cumming, Ga where, 6 months ago I got fired following a personal battle amidst a crippling emotional hardship. I started in sanitation with the ultimate goal of using my recently acquired Welding certificate to become a member of the small, yet extremely important 7 man crew labeled the Fab Shop. After 7 months of hard work and perfect attendance, my dream was starting to come alive before my eyes. I loved working on the various different machines be and figuring out problems and creating ideas and applications in order to better accommodate the overall production and maintenance process. My dreams were huge but the world outside became so problematic that I could not balance the two anymore and it was affecting my performance and attendance. The HR team, along with my supervisors and colleagues worked with me to reaches beyond my expectations and really didn't want to let me go but policy is policy and must be practiced and enforced. It has been 6 months since my Term date and with all personal issues resolved, I'm coming back for my job and I'm not giving up. I dream of beginning an esteemed engineer. I am an inventor by heart and mind. I crave innovation and applying the mechanic and electrical process in the most effective way possible to any application I put my hands on. I look forward to a future at Tyson Foods Inc. and hope my home production plant considers bringing me back home.
Like to learn more, I been with Tyson for six years and transfer to Keystone because it was closer to home.
Hi there, Joe. Feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can direct you to someone who can help you learn more about TMAC and robotics and automation at Tyson!
Wow, this is awesome. I have worked in one of the tyson pork plant in Iowa as a general maintenance for a coupleof years now. It has been fun working with lot of great mind and characters. However, I have always had the dream of being a tech expert . In robotics, programming, and electronics. This dream drove me into Combining my full time maintenance job with studying as a full time electronics and computer engineering student. I am excited to know that my beloved company also have opportunities in my beloved field of study. Hoping to some day have my dream job, working in my dream field in my dream company. What a perfect combination. Thanks tyson for your innovative and futuristic Ideas.
Congrats Marty, and thank you for sharing your story. We share the same passion and I would be grateful for the opportunity to sit down with you sometime. Helping young people learn skills they will never forget is awesome. The Engineering team (young and old) that we have at Mpac Langen continue to amaze me with what they can do.
Sales Manager, USA Central
Thank you for hosting the Diva Force Robotics Team yesterday! We really appreciate the time you, Doug Foreman, and the rest of your staff took to show us around and answer our questions. The kids learned a lot, saw a lot, and came away deeply impressed with the possibilities for robotics in their futures. We will keep you posted on our progress during the upcoming FTC robotics competition season.
Please tell everybody involved that we appreciate your time and patience. We'll keep in touch.
Curtis Morris, Assistant Coach FTC team 8373 "Diva force"
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I enjoyed reading your article and your the passion for what your do. I have a daughter who is interested in engineering, but wasn't sure on what discipline she wanted to focus on. She recently attended an engineering camp at the University of Arkansas and through this program she was able to identify the area she wants to concentrate in, Electrical Engineering. Now I'm a realist, I know with kids things can change, so we shall see. I'm excited about the opportunities TMAC will bring to our company and to our community.
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This is so awesome! STEM is a very active program at my kids school and keep emphasizing how important STEM is to my daughter and son! I'm got my electrical engineering degree in 1991 from NC State University. My career path has taken me from doing mobile robotics in 1991 (we only had dial-up back then), to Lab Robotics, starting my own medical device software company 1997, then finally settling in near Dallas. I have been in sales for sometime now but never ever forget my engineering roots.
Thank you for sharing!
I also lived through the "dial-up" era. It is amazing the changes that have taken place in the last 25 years! I think it is very important to make sure the next generation understands the need to embrace the changes in technology, and STEM programs help do just that. I'm glad your kids school has an active STEM program. Thanks for your comment. Marty
I am very glad to hear that Tyson is helping with local students and participating in high school robotic competitions. I wish you and everyone at Tyson the best of luck with the new technology development center.
Brett Mattson- JEM International
Thanks for your well wishes Brett. Our future employees will come from students in high school. I think it is important to support our kids - to be excited around STEM related fields like robotics. Marty