Gary Anderson

Prototype Engineering Manager

Seattle, WA

What is your job title, and what does that position entail?

Prototype Engineer. I support the sales staff with quick turn concept and prototype designs, manufacturing, assembly and on-site installations.

How long have you worked at Olympus, where did you come from? A little history of how you got involved with Olympus?

I have been at Olympus since July 2018. I found out about Olympus in the late 90’s when I needed a couple motors for a robotic pipe scanner I was designing for the Navy. That’s when I met Silas. Since 2009 I did contract work for Olympus and Pacific ID providing quick turn concept & production drawings, manufacturing, and turn key assemblies.

What do you like best about working at Olympus?

First, the people are awesome. I feel like everyone is supporting each other. Also, I like the fast pace. The sales team is always coming up with new opportunities and need quick turn designs.

Describe a little of your past history.

I started out my career as a field service tech in the mid 90’s working at nuclear plants all over the world inspecting steam generators. Eventually, I transferred to the engineering department. Over the years I’ve designed all sorts of machines including, nuclear steam generator inspection robots, eddy current probes, material handling stations, deep sea laser scanners, and many other custom robots. Most of the robots I designed were for inspection work in nuclear plants. I also did a lot of the machining and assembly. Many are still in use all over the world!

Describe some of your hobbies – what do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work I love camping, hiking and fishing. About 4 years ago I started alpine climbing too. I also like to travel with my wife and son.

What are some key lessons you have taken from your career thus far?

There are too many to list! Here are a few: Pay attention to the small details. Those are the ones that will bite you in the end if you don’t. Also, cables. Pay attention to cables when designing machines! Take pride in everything you do. If you do, you will be proud of what you created!

What is one thing you customers might find surprising about you?

I built a 1929 Model A Ford truck from the ground up when I was 12 years old. That was in 1981. My dad still has it!

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