Taylor Brady Yuba City, Calif. / 25 BioResource and Agricultural Engineering BS, 2012 California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo Engineering Manager Orchard Machinery Corporation (OMC), Yuba City, Calif. I grew up in Holtville, Calif., a small-town ag community. Since a young age, I have always been in a shop cutting, welding, and building things that were highly influenced by agriculture. When it came time for college, I decided that if I was going to spend the rest of my life doing something, I should enjoy it. That’s where engineering came in. When I discovered BioResource and Agricultural Engineering (BRAE) at Cal Poly, it was like hitting the jackpot. Being a BRAE major opened a door for me to have my passion flow effortlessly into a career I would enjoy for a lifetime. OMC caters to a niche market that specializes in tree shakers for the nut harvesting industry. I joined their team in 2012, and I’m fortunate to work with people who continuously invest in me, challenge me, and put me through an accelerated learning curve, so my knowledge and expertise have grown exponentially over the last three years. We are currently in transition because of the new EPA requirements for Tier 4 emissions, which will require major design changes: engine packages will be larger and the chassis redesigned to accommodate space constraints. Manufacturers are looking for alternative solutions—more efficient hydraulic systems requiring less power. OMC’s environment provides freedom for growth, innovation, and progressive advancement. I have the satisfaction of being able to imagine, design, and create parts in SolidWorks, and then watch them come to life in the shop as they’re fabricated into a functional piece of machinery. We are continuously perfecting the design along the way, striving for ease of manufacturing without ever sacrificing quality.
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