When talking about a drive systems designer for web handling, one is generally speaking of an engineer. I have met a number of technologists who do a great job of designing drive systems, but these are generally startup techs who have 10 years of field experience with drives under their belts.
By engineer, we are not necessarily speaking of a recent graduate. The engineer needs a good deal of experience with drives which can be learned on the job from senior design engineers or in the field starting up web handling lines.
I remember the senior engineers who trained me. They had a lot of training to do. Like a lot of young engineers then and now, I was interested in computers and circuit cards. Motors, electrical codes and safety were not foremost on my mind.
The qualifications a web handling drive engineer must develop are:
- Know web handling – talk with others, observe and commission a line
- Know your drive product including troubleshooting techniques
- Use a structured design method
- Complete work on time (before staging or shipping)
- Provide documentation including the drawings, startup plan and calibration procedures.