Joel Fotsch
Seattle

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

Applications Engineer.  As an Apps Engineer, I provide support to customers at any and all stages of their projects via training, proof of concepts, and on-site visits.  I also provide support internally to our sales engineers to make sure projects run smoothly.

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

I graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree in December of 2018 from the University of Wisconsin, and started in May of 2019, after finding Olympus at UW’s Stem Career Fair.

What do you like best about working at Olympus?

I think that the variety is incredible.  Each day brings different technical challenges, new things to learn, and new solutions to problems.  It gives me the opportunity to learn tons of different skills, in a broad array of industries, that might otherwise never be related.

Describe a little of your past history.

I was born and raised near Milwaukee Wisconsin, and attended UW-Madison where I studied Mechanical Engineering.  I caught the automation bug in the Wisconsin Robotics Club, and decided that I wanted to make a career out of automation.  After graduation, I found Olympus Controls, and moved out to Seattle to work at the Kent office.

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

I like to get outside as much as possible.  My favorite activities are road and mountain biking, but I also like to hike, climb, and occasionally snowboard.  I also like reading, and playing video games when I’m stuck inside.

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

It’s incredibly important as an engineer to know how to learn.  The ability to ask the right questions is the ability to have good answers.

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

My first internship was doing automation with Grande Cheese, so in true Wisconsinite fashion I got my start making cheese.  (My brother’s first internship was with Johnsonville Brats)