A lifelong passion allows Chris Davison to excel at Cummins
Since childhood, Chris has had a passion for bikes and it has guided his career journey. At the age of 13, he started his first job in a bike shop, working with his hands to fix things. Since then, fixing things has been his passion. Fast forward 8 years and Chris decided to study Mechanical Engineering at University. Chris completed his 4-year degree at Derby University while maintaining his interests by working as a mountain bike mechanic.
Midway through his degree, Chris was offered the chance to work for Cummins via a summer internship. At Cummins, he worked as a design engineer for aftertreatment systems. Impressed by his hard work and intuition during his internship, he was offered full-time placement once he finished his degree.
Chris finds solutions.
In August of 2018, Chris started his career in Cummins Electrified Power Business Unit (EPBU). As a Validation Engineer, Chris produces test reports to prove or disprove a theory on an aspect of product function. His tests are varied; one day he can be validating an early-stage design for the future, the next, finding and replicating a customer's problem.
"I love the fact that as a systems guy, I have the opportunity to find a fault then go back in and develop a fix for it."
Chris works on projects that cover a product throughout its entire life, from prototype development until it is in the field. Recently, Chris had the opportunity to spend 6 weeks with a customer in San Francisco testing a product at the prototype stage.
"You can be working on a test where they have 20 to 25 people all queuing up to help you, with over 250 years of experience ready to solve problems. It's really incredible."
The future is exciting.
Chris believes that the future is very exciting for the battery business: "there is so much that Cummins can achieve in the next 5 - 10 years. I'm excited to be part of it." Similarly, Chris' future is bright. He believes that being surrounded by such great people is allowing him to learn at an accelerated rate:
"Validation is a great place to be! It's one of the best places to be to learn about the product, the cell chemistry, mechanical integrity and much more."
Cummins has the bug for innovation and it's at the forefront of technology. Chris is keen to keep testing new, exciting technologies and solving problems - all while fitting in regular trips on his mountain bike thanks to a flexible environment.
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