Kane Innovations is celebrating National Engineer's Week by recognizing our own team of engineering technicians!
With decades of collective experience, Kane Innovations' expert draftspeople utilize the latest industry-standard design software to create cost-effective, code-compliant architectural railings, window security screens and criminal justice products tailored to the needs of each customer.
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MARK KIGHTLINGER | ENGINEERING MANAGER - ERIE, PA PLANT
What’s your educational background?:
Associates Degree in Architectural Drafting and Design.
I've been with Kane Innovations for over 14 years, non-consecutively. Prior to Kane, I worked at George Cass Construction for eight years as a Lead Carpenter and served five years in the US Army as a Combat Engineer.
What is your job title and function/duties?:
I have various duties as Engineering Manager, however, my main function is to supervise and lead a team of highly skilled engineering technicians as they develop, modify and create solutions that are implemented into Kane Innovations’ products, as represented in submittal, or fabrication drawings and all relevant paperwork.
How did your time in the U.S. Army prepare you for the job you have today?
The army prepared me immensely in terms of management and leadership.
What do you enjoy most about architectural drafting and design in general?:
Having the ability and the knowledge to provide a unique, one of a kind design to customers is probably what I enjoy most.
What do you enjoy most about working for Kane Innovations, specifically?:
The employees and the work environment.
What is the most exciting part of your job?:
The most exciting part of my job is leading the engineering department, sharing knowledge and providing engineered solutions to complex problems.
What are some aspects of architectural railing that you think architects or GCs might be in the dark about, or unaware of, when it comes to railing system design? What do you wish you could tell them?:
I would like to explain the advantages, strengths and weaknesses between aluminum, carbon steel, and stainless steel railing systems. There are benefits and drawbacks to all three and it's important to understand their differences.
What is a good work-related lesson you’ve learned along the way?:
"Go to work; separate your work from your home life, and your home life from your work." Great advice from my father.
Aside from the ability to use the latest CAD software, what’s the primary skill that all of your engineering team members must share in order to be successful at drawing architectural railing?:
If I had to choose one, I would say the ability to develop creative ways to solve a problem. You need to have sound technical and analytical skills do be a part of our team.
What’s the most rewarding part about managing such a large team?
The team itself. I accomplish nothing without the team.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?:
Serving our great nation in a time of war.
What’s your favorite quote or words to live by?:
“Essayons”; it's the motto of the US Army Corps of Engineers. It's French for “Let us try.”
CHARLES GILMORE | ENGINEERING MANAGER - KANE, PA PLANT