2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Brian Pack
Sr. Electrical Engineer I; Raytheon; El Paso, Texas
Brian Pack, 35
Sr. Electrical Engineer I
El Paso, Texas
Education: BS Electrical Engineering, New Mexico State University
Brian Pack served 5 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an avionics technician and earned several associate degrees before going to work as a controls engineer for the Schneider Electric/Square D manufacturing plant in Lexington, Ky. Brian has continued to add to his outstanding accomplishments, earning his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, obtaining his engineering intern license, and leading the electrical design of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) radar trainer for Raytheon and the U.S. Army. Brian introduced new technologies to Raytheon and the army, integrating PLC/HMI controls for more open architecture and lower cost where traditional MIL-SPEC type equipment ordinarily would have been used.
Brian attributes much of his success, academic and professional, to the support of his wife, Angie. While they both had very humble beginnings in rural eastern Kentucky, she encouraged him during his service in the Marine Corps and his studies as a full-time student. Angie is now a full-time student while Brian works as an engineer and aspires to someday own his own company that offers engineering consulting and systems integration.
Why choose this career path?
“It was easy,” said Pack. “I started my education in the Marine Corps as an avionics technician, and soon realized that I enjoy troubleshooting and problem solving. I worked on the AV8B Harrier (“jump jet”) troubleshooting and diagnosed problems with the various avionics systems. It turned out that I was good at it, which encouraged me to pursue a degree in electrical engineering.”
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey