Young Alum of the Month: Mark Colvin

Mark Colvin
Title and Company: 
Powertrain Engineer at John Deere Dubuque Works
Dysart, IA
Major and Graduation Date: 
Industrial Technology - Manufacturing Option, December 2005
Major Job/Position Responsibilities: 

I am responsible for tank and sheet metal design (hood, fuel tank, and battery box) for our Interim Tier IV backhoe, cooling design for our non-regulatory market (South America) backhoes, as well as the tank and sheet metal design for our backhoe that we will be manufacturing in India. I also work on continuous improvement projects for our current J-Series model backhoes.

What you like most about your job/position: 

I work on a great team with great people. But the most rewarding thing for me is when I am driving down the road and I see a John Deere backhoe with parts on it that I personally designed.

What advice would you give to current students: 

Always go to class, school is your job. You wouldn't skip work because, "you don't feel like going today" and class is no different. Travel abroad and learn another language. With the U.S. economy the way it is today many manufacturing companies are expanding abroad and designing products for foreign markets that are growing rapidly.


Favorite ISU Classes:

When I was in school at ISU they were "ITEC" classes but I think they are "TSM" classes now. Any class taught by Dr. Joseph Chen and Advanced Technical Graphics, Interpretation, and CAD — taught by Shana Smith. In this course I learned how to use Pro/E and that was really the reason that I wanted to pursue a career in design.