Part 2 of our 3-part summer series showcasing a few of the amazing people we have in the building!
As most of you know, we manufacture everything from start to finish in our shop in Bozeman, Montana. To make a set of splitboard bindings we: design, machine, turn, bend, punch, cut, tumble, anodize, mold, print, assemble, inspect, test, package, and ship. It takes a huge effort, executed by our amazing team. This summer we’re going to share a couple of interviews with some amazing Spark employees that make it all happen!
Meet Jake Cameron, a Tooling Engineer at Spark R&D! When you see Jake around the shop, it's always worth asking him what he was riding the weekend before - it's usually something pretty sweet. Jake is an excellent engineer and gets after it in the mountains surrounding Bozeman.
Where do you hail from? Snohomish, Washington
How long have you been working at Spark R&D and what was your first role here? I've been here just about 4 years. I started as a machine operator back in September of 2017 while I was attending college at Montana State University.
What is your current job title? Tooling Engineer
What are the main job duties of a Tooling Engineer? I spend most of my time designing and manufacturing the shop tools that assist in the production of our various products. Assembly fixtures and jigs, benders, and QC gauges are a few of the shop tools I’ve worked on.
What is your favorite part of your job? I really enjoy working with a product that I use myself. There is a passion there that is hard to explain but being able to improve what we do here in any way possible is a great feeling. On top of that, the employees at Spark are some of the coolest people in the world, it makes coming to work every day a treat.
You do a fair amount of splitboarding. What was your favorite mission last winter? That’s a tough question but I would have to go with a trip I took to Wyoming back in January. Got together with a group of close friends, toured out to a cabin for 4 days and oh boy did we score. We timed the weather perfectly and had everything from blower pow to bluebird days. We got a lot of turns in and had a blast.
When you’re not at Spark or splitboarding, what can you be found doing? Depends on the season. In the winter it is solely work and splitboarding. Come springtime the splitboarding continues but I like to get out and start fly fishing. Summer and fall time I like to sneak a few days on the board in but most of the time I'm out hiking, camping, and fly fishing.