Monty Wilder

Generator Engineering Support Manager Generator Repairs Division

Generator reverse engineeringBackground

I started my career as a machinist trainee and worked my way up to a Jig and Fixture builder. During my career, I went to classes to learn CAD. The CAD classes, along with my tool building experience, allowed me to move to tool design engineering. Along the way, I became interested in metrology, which is the study of measurement, specifically long-range precision measurement equipment. I am currently using different types of measuring equipment to reverse engineer parts.

What do you do here at MD&A?

I started at MD&A in 2012 as a CAD technician. My responsibilities were to measure and scan generator parts. I then used the scan data and measurements to create working drawings for manufacturing. I recently moved to the position of Engineering Support Manager. My responsibilities are to manage the workflow for reverse engineering duties and to support other employees.

What aspect do you enjoy most about your role at MD&A?

I like working for MD&A because I enjoy working with generators and the diverse parts that we reverse engineer. Every job is different and can present new challenges. I enjoy the occasional traveling to different places, and I also enjoy the people I work with.

What has been your favorite project at MD&A?

My favorite project, which is an on-going project, is creating a spreadsheet driven CAD model of the generator field assembly. When it is completed it will streamline prints for manufacturing parts that will be going out to our vendors. It should also help in the assembly of the field because they will have a working print to follow as they rewind the field.

Generator reverse engineering

Picture of a CAD model of Generator field assembly.

What is the process of reverse engineering a Generator stator or field?

Reverse engineering is basically taking measurements and scanning data of a stator and/or a field and then generating working drawings to reproduce parts that need to be replaced. Another use for the scan data is to verify the correctness of the part before the part is re-installed. The information from the assembly drawings also aides in the re-assembly of the stator/field. It could be considered an insurance policy by comparing the original data to a newly made part to make sure everything is re-assembled correctly.

What is your favorite thing on your desk?

The most favorite thing on my desk is my computer. My computer is the ultimate for researching information, designing and communication.

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