KICE, Industries

National Engineers Week

Lucas Dugan – Design Engineer

 

What is your engineering background? 

I have a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Wichita State University. Here at Kice I design specialized equipment while also providing engineering support to various other departments.

What do you find most rewarding about a career in engineering? 

The most rewarding parts of my job are being able to help other people solve reoccurring problems they have with their positions and also being able to start a new design and then see that design all the way through manufacturing and implementation in a relatively short time frame.

Jud Evanson – Installation Group Manager

 

What is your engineering background? 

I received a B.S. Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering degree from South Dakota State University.  At Kice I manage our turnkey installation jobs, working with our own internal installation crew as well as developing relationships with outside millwright construction companies.  I also manage the overall design of material handling processes for certain projects.

What do you find most rewarding about a career in engineering? 

I really enjoy being involved with many different processes and plants and interacting with people from all over the world.  No work week is ever the same as the last.  I enjoy being involved during the planning stage when we are looking at project feasibility, but I also enjoy the detailed design of a product or system.

Josh Foster – Project Engineer

 

What is your engineering background? 

I attended Baylor University down in Waco, TX, from 2010-2014. In my current role, I support different areas of the Process Group as needed. Sometimes I help out with drawings to go to customers, sometimes I carry out Project Manager responsibilities, sometimes I help out the Install Group when they run shorthanded or the job would be a good learning opportunity. I also carry out department improvement projects. Most recently, I have improved and streamlined how AutoCAD drawings are generated in the Process Group.

What do you find most rewarding about a career in engineering? 

What I find most rewarding about working in engineering is being able to see tangible results from the work that we do. I enjoy sitting down to design something, then being able to go out to the field and actually see that design built, installed, and operating.

Mark Heller – Controls Engineer

 

What is your engineering background? 

I grew up in Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering. I worked part-time in plastics thermoforming at Dart Container Corporation and moved to full-time after graduating. I was a part of the automation team, but worked primarily with the Product Handling department to design and build small machines (infeed systems, baggers, casers, palletizers, etc.). My typical duties at Dart included: schematic generation, control panel design, PLC/HMI programming, machine installation, and support.

In early 2018, I accepted a position in Kice’s automation group and moved to Wichita. My job responsibilities are very similar, but the projects I work on now are much larger and more involved.

What do you find most rewarding about a career in engineering? 

My favorite part of being in engineering is that I have a chance to be creative at work. Customers come to Kice with a need and it feels good to be able to provide them with a solution.

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