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Johnson, Robert R. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 54, Number 6 (March 1950)

Kohli, Fritz
On the campus,   pp. 22-23


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EletronicsGLAMOUR GIRL-OR
                               e  nets PRODUCTION WORKER?
         by H. A. BARTLING
       Manager, Electronics Section
       General Machinery Division
 ALLIS-CHALMERS MANUFACTURING COMPANY
     (Graduate Training Course 1927)
  0 MANY near-miracles, actual, experi-
S mental or imaginary, are being at-
tributed to electronics that it's quite the
glamour girl of the electrical industry.
this infant prodigy, we
find it is indeed fascinat-
ing and astonishingly
versatile. We find, too,
that it is a terrific work-
er. Applying electronic
principles to tough,
matter-of-fact indus-
trial jobs is the work of
H.. A. BARTLING  this section.
  it rewards us with some really amazing
success stories, and with abundant oppor-
tunity. The field has hardly been touched.
             New Field
This field of industrial electronics was
completely unknown, of course, when I
received my degree in Electrical Engi-
neering from Illinois and entered the
Graduate Training Course at Allis-
Chalmers in 1925. During the 2-year
course I stuck pretty close to electrical
work-and at its completion, I was on the
electrical test floor helping run tests on
some of the first big blooming mill motors
the company ever built.
Next, I worked in the Basic Industries
Hardening 2200 trimmer blades per hour, this Allis-Chalmers Induction Heater
is stepping up production for a Southern manufacturer of textile machinery.
Department on electric mine hoists. In
1931, I moved back to the Electrical De-
partment, doing sales application work
for the Motor and Generator Section. I
worked, successively, on unit sub-stations,
had charge of the Mixed Apparatus Sec-
tion, was in Industrial Sales, handled
contract negotiations and sales liaison
work during the war, and in 1947 took
charge of the company's growing Elec-
tronics Section.
  Here we develop and apply four main
classes of industrial electronic equipment:
Rectifiers, Induction Heaters, Dielectric
Heaters and Metal Detectors. With the
exception of Rectifiers, this equipment is
relatively new to industry. We're turning
up new uses and applications every day.
It's an absorbing line of work, and pio-
neers an entirely new frontier of indus-
trial methods.
      Wide Choice of Interests
I've traced this brief personal history to
illustrate the widely varied opportunities
a young engineer finds at Allis-Chalmers
even within a single field such as electricity.
I never got far from the Electrical De-
partment, because I found what I wanted
right there. But I wouldn't be giving a
true picture of Allis-Chalmers if I didn't
touch on the other great departments,
covering just about every major industry.
  Many GTC students find their greatest
interest and opportunity in the Basic In-
dustries Department. There they design,
build and install the machinery for min-
ing, smelting, cement making, flour mill-
ing, oil extraction, food and chemical
processing. Others become interested in
hydraulic or steam turbines, the com-
plexities of centrifugal pumps and the
engineering problems of small motors or
V-belt drives.
  Some fit into engineering and design.
Some find themselves most interested in
manufacturing or in field work such as
service and erection. Many like selling,
and find their engineering training pays
off best in a District Sales Office.
  Whatever a man may eventually find
most to his liking and advantage, the
Allis-Chalmers Graduate Training Course
is a wonderful vantage point from which
to start. It offers contact with all major
industries, and a chance at many types of
work: design, manufacture, research, test-
ing, installation, selling, advertising, ex-
port. There is no other organization that
can offer a graduate engineer such a wide
range of activities.
Massive castings for a 60-inch Superior-
McCully crusher being assembled in the
A-C West Allis plant. Machine will reduce
.5-foot boulders to crushed rock-handle
.2500 tons of ore per hour!
ALLIS-CHALMERS
      Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company, Milwaukee 1, Wisconsin
MARCH, 19250
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