With over 25 years of experience in steel metallurgy, forging, heat treatment, and the manufacturing of gears and gear drives for industrial, marine, and wind markets, Bill Andreski is our Maven of the Month.
How did you get into the gear and manufacturing industry?
I had my start in the gear industry in the late 1980s with the renowned Cleveland, Ohio custom gear company, Horsburgh & Scott. My career began as a gear heat treating metallurgist and then moved into light duty and heavy duty gear manufacturing.
Tell us about your professional background and experience.
Over the course of my career, I have gained extensive knowledge of heat treatment processes (carburizing, nitriding, induction hardening), shop floor processes, manufacturing processes, welded construction, forging and casting processes, open and closed die forging sourcing and supply, and gear forging sourcing and supply. I have consulted with gear, heat treating, and forging companies in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, Germany, China, and India.
How would the courses you developed with THORS help industry insiders?
The courses developed by THORS provides written, graphic, and animated content, as well as interactive learning tools.
Tell us about your working process for THORS courses. How do you build the information for your courses?
My approach is to provide both scientific and practical content to provide the literature and “real-world” learning.
What kind of knowledge gaps do you see in the gear industry?
The knowledge gaps today are increasing due to the lack of face-to-face training that occurred in the past via apprenticeship programs in the specific manufacturing trades.
What are the immediate repercussions you have seen due to these knowledge gaps?
The lack of training is clearly evident in the knowledge of the product and quality of workmanship in some manufacturing sectors.
If you had access to similar education material like THORS Academy courses early in your career, how might it have helped you?
Clearly, the THORS content combined with the manufacturing and shop floor training would have greatly improved the learning curve and knowledge of the topics.
What advice would you give to newcomers in the manufacturing industry?
I advise newcomers to learn as much as possible about a subject as quickly as possible, and often the learning must occur away from the job and on their personal time.