Faces of JBC: Get to Know Christopher Appleby
Welcome to the next edition of our “Faces of JBC Technologies” series. We continue to feature the faces behind our brand, the people who every day bring their best to the table and help to ensure our customers receive the highest quality die-cut products and services.
Our employees are the key to achieving our main purpose: make doing business easy for every customer. Last month we featured Senior Manufacturing Engineer, Dave Casella. Today we feature Mechanical Engineer, Christopher Appleby.
Q: What did you do before joining JBC?
I previously worked at TechniFab, an aerospace supply company in Avon for about six years before joining JBC. I worked there while attending night classes at Cleveland State, where I graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Q: How did you find out about JBC? What drew you to the company?
I was looking for a position where I could do more hands-on work and the more I learned about JBC, the more that I liked. There were a lot of similarities between JBC and what I was already doing - from the materials JBC works with, to some of the engineering processes. After interviewing, it felt like a really good fit in terms of what I was looking for and what JBC needed. It seemed like JBC was where I could both continue to advance my career and use the experiences I had gained in previous positions.
Q: What are your main responsibilities as a Mechanical Engineer at JBC?
I am responsible for the “East Wall” area, which includes belt presses, full-beam presses, and more. I review and set up all new jobs for this area, solve day-to-day issues that arise, and set up and review processes and documentation that align with those processes (e.g., standard work and procedures).
Q: What do you like most about working for JBC?
I really like that every day is full of new challenges. There’s a lot to do. I enjoy that I get to learn about the intricacies of processing so many different materials. I also appreciate being exposed to all that goes into producing so many different parts and the processes behind that. The best thing about JBC so far is that I feel like I am using all of my skills and expertise here. JBC doesn’t put you in a box, which makes me feel more useful.
Q: What are some of your interests outside of work?
I have been married for three years and like to spend time with my wife and extended family. I like to cook, grill, listen to music, go to concerts when I can, watch the Browns, Indians, and Cavs play. I also do a lot of remodeling and renovation projects around our house. I do like to travel too. We usually go to Florida at least once a year. I recently got my boater’s license and look forward to getting out on the water more.