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Faces of Manufacturing

We work hard to build a strong sense of community, recognizing that growth and success originate with our people and not the latest design. Daily, weekly and monthly meetings are held to identify opportunities, improve processes and to recognize achievement. Companywide as well as individual milestones are celebrated. SDP/SI consistently makes the Modern Machine Shop “TOP SHOPS” list, but in 2019 and again in 2023 we were named an honoree and presented an award at the annual Top Stops Conference in Cincinnati, OH. We have also been recognized by Newsday as a "Top Long Island Work Place" for years 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022.

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Keith Bauer


Designatronics: (SDP/SI)

Years with Company:

Less than 1 year

Industry of Your Company:

Manufacturing / Engineering

Training / Education:

Quinnipiac University

What made you decide to pursue a career in manufacturing?

I'm pursuing a career in manufacturing for several reasons. First and foremost, I have always been fascinated by the process of creating tangible products. Manufacturing allows me to be a part of the entire product lifecycle, from design and development to production and distribution. It's incredibly rewarding to see something go from concept to reality. Additionally, the manufacturing industry offers a wide range of opportunities for innovation and problem-solving. It is constantly evolving technologies and techniques that can be applied to improve efficiency and enhance product quality. This dynamic environment keeps me engaged and motivated.

What does your job entail?

Automating the machine and tending in the shop.

What is the most interesting part of your job? Your proudest moment?

My proudest moment would be when our team of automation engineers succeeded in programing a UR Robot to tend a HAAS CNC mill. This project tested the team's ability to work together and learn from each other. After many iterations to the design and program, the completion of the first successful order proved we had done it.


What do you love about manufacturing?

Manufacturing fulfills my passion for creating tangible products, my interest in innovation, and my desire to contribute to the economy and society.

What advice would you give to kids considering a job in manufacturing?

Manufacturing is a diverse field that includes everything from robotics and engineering to design and quality control. Seek educational opportunities in STEM programs and college degrees related to manufacturing. These will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed for a career in manufacturing. Stay curious and open to learning about new technologies.

What advice would you give to manufacturers to help increase kids' interest in manufacturing as a career choice?

Partnering with local schools to develop outreach programs that introduce students to manufacturing. Offering plant tours to showcase the applications of manufacturing. Attend career fairs at schools and colleges and offer paid internships to give them practical experience.