36: Mechanical Engineer in Manufacturing at Tesla – Kenton Harris

Kenton Harris earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and is currently a Senior Manufacturing Engineer at Tesla. He started out in mechanical packaging and then went to work at a start up on a blimp design for the Air Force – but never was built. He really wanted to see his designs make it into production.

With his mechanical engineering background he helps out a lot with Design for Manufacturability (DFM) whereas an industrial engineer would be more involved in setting up the manufacturing flow. His expertise is in specifying a process to create a product and how to properly test the results and is really excited about robotics and automaton.

Some really great advice is:
“hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard!”
and in print on his wall 11 words to keep him focused
“One thing at a time, most important thing now, start now”.

Some websites he really enjoys: “iFixit” and “Adafruit” and “How it’s Made” – You Tube Channel.

Favorite Book: “Manufacturing Process for Design Professionals” by Rob Thompson.

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