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Name: Matt
Position: Engineering Manager
Years of Rain Bird Service: 10
Rain Bird Location: Tucson, AZ
Education: BSME, Purdue University

Why work at Rain Bird?
The people here are top quality and highly driven.  I am always challenged; there is never a dull moment.  RB is privately held which allows long term growth.  We are given the proper tools to conduct our jobs if it can be justified (i.e. computer, software, testing facility, machining equipment, prototype equipment, etc.)

How has working for Rain Bird benefited your career growth?
I have worked with several divisions with Rain Bird (CP, Commercial, Golf) giving me a broad exposure to different markets.  I wear many hats, allowing me to experience different areas of the company (i.e. marketing, sales, product development, manufacturing, molding, finance, etc)

What are the most important traits to be successful at Rain Bird?
Self starting, embrace change, be willing to get your hands dirty, ability to make quick decisive decisions.

What are your future goals/career path at Rain Bird?
I would like to continue to learn more about aspects outside of engineering and manufacturing such as Sales, Marketing, and General Business Operations with in Rain Bird.

Career Path at Rain Bird:
Golf - Engineering Manager
Golf - Engineering Group Manager
Golf - Senior Project Engineer
Consumer Products - Senior Project Engineer – Came back to Rain Bird
Commercial - Engineering Group Manager – Left Rain Bird for ~2years.
Commercial - Project Engineer
Commercial - Development Engineer

What are your top areas of responsibilities or key activities for your current role?

  • New product development
  • Manufacturing
  • Sustaining existing products
  • Cost reductions
  • Product quality

Past work experience:
Ingersol-Rand – Von Duprin Division, Design/Project Engineer
Knox Company – Senior Mechanical Engineer