STEMM Idol Speaker Mike Monnier

Mike Monnier, a manufacturing engineer at BarSplice Products in Dayton, began his STEMM Idol presentation Tuesday with a historical whodunit-style look at the world of Dayton manufacturing.

Among famous area engineers and their feats, Monnier mentioned John Patterson who founded National Cash Register (NCR) in 1884, and built mechanical cash registers into the 1970’s; Charles Kettering who invented the first electric starter for automobiles, and designed a “home electrical plant” useful to rural residents in the early 1900’s; and Charlie Taylor, the Wright brothers’ mechanic who designed and built the engine for their 1903 Flyer in six weeks.

Bringing the discussion back to the present, Monnier showed students images of manufacturing facilities and highlighted the changes that have occurred over time in the United States. He pointed out that in some places of the world, such as Bangladesh, there are still poor working conditions and child labor. Generally the workplace of a modern manufacturing engineer is clean, safe, well-lit, and offers exciting opportunities to work with many types of people and industries, Monnier said.

Monnier then walked students through the steps involved in the engineering design process. Taking the plastic shell of a Nintendo Wii controller as an example, he showed how manufacturing a product is accomplished in stages. The process begins with a conceptual design, followed by a rough design and the fabrication of a first physical model. Finally, dimensioning and specifications are taken into account so that an exact prototype model can be produced. Molds are made and the injection molding process starts, producing the final product.

During the presentation, students enjoyed handling samples of products used by Barsplice. Monnier explained that his company designs and produces rebar mechanical splices, or “couplers,” used in reinforced concrete structures such as stadiums, ball parks, and nuclear plants.

CJ STEMM Idol speaker Mike Monnier is a manufacturing engineer at Barsplice Products, Inc. According to its Web site, the Dayton-based construction technologies business provides mechanical splice systems used for concrete reinforcement. Monnier has served with Barsplice for more than a decade and provides field service support to customers, technicians and manufacturing personnel.

Mike has been in the manufacturing engineering industry for 17 years. In addition to possessing a Bachelor of Science from the University of Dayton, Monnier is also a chairman of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Chapter 18, a board member of Greenville Farm Power of the Past, Inc., and volunteers annually at the Miami Valley TechFest sponsored by the Affiliate Societies Council.