Young Alum of the Month: David Cook

David Cook
Title and Company: 
Manufacturing Engineer, John Deere Des Moines Works
Seoul, South Korea
Major and Graduation Date: 
Industrial Technology, May 2011
Major Job/Position Responsibilities: 

I develop, maintain and implement manufacturing processes regarding Sprayer Vehicle Testing on the manufacturing line.  I also own the repair process that vehicles go through when failures are detected during production and provide troubleshooting support. 

What you like most about your job/position: 

My position entails a good blend of product design and current production implementation.  This allows me to stay involved with how the product is delivered from design stages to production and has given me a good understanding of how critical it is to stay highly aligned with different functional groups in order to ensure a successful product launch.

What advice would you give to current students: 

Stay involved with current technology as it is making its way into all business sectors.  Know your strengths and identify your weakness so that you can be comfortable with what you can handle and how to address areas of concern when out in the work force.  Always work with integrity as it will never fail you no matter what the situation.   Be willing to embrace change so that you can make a positive impact on business metrics and more importantly, in people’s lives.

Favorite ISU class(es)
TSM 440,444 & Dance 160:  These classes complemented each other and helped create transparent correlation in how facilities planning plays a huge role with lean manufacturing.  Both classes were immediately utilized shortly after graduating from ISU.  Ballroom dancing was a great way to learn how to interact with someone you don’t know but quickly get to know because you’re assigned to work (dance) with them.  This made for a surprising correlation when I transitioned from an ISU student to a young, working adult.