Meet Travis Jones

Travis Jones is an Order Engineer at Yaskawa. Before being hired on full-time at Yaskawa, Travis Jones landed an internship after visiting the company’s booth at a Milwaukee School of Engineering career fair. He recently shared some insights on his internship with us.


Q: When did you start with Yaskawa?
A: I started as an operations intern reporting to Karl Flierl on May 26, 2015. I accepted a full-time offer as an order engineer and started May 31, 2016 and I am still reporting to Karl Flierl.

Q: What job were you hired for?  Are you still doing it?  If not, what are you doing now?
A: I was hired to evaluate the adoption of Eplan as a CAD package for operations engineering. The evaluation continued over the summer of 2015 and into my senior year at MSOE. I worked part-time as a co-op until I graduated. I am still working on the Eplan project and the implementation and development is continuing. Various tools of Eplan will help many aspects of engineering and assembly.

Q: What were your expectations when you started at Yaskawa?
A: When I was hired as an operations intern my expectations were to learn about the position and the company. I was close to graduation, so I wanted to learn about the company culture to find a good fit, as well as an interesting role. I was excited to work on the automation aspects of the project and to learn about Yaskawa’s drives, motion products, and their applications.

Q: Why did you come to Yaskawa?
A: I'm interested in the power and control disciplines of engineering and Yaskawa's products interested me a great deal. Yaskawa gave me the opportunity to work with both of those disciplines.  

Q: What makes you stay?
A: For me, it's a combination of the work and environment. I enjoy my position and its variety of tasks and challenges, as well as my interactions with my group.  

Q: What advice would you give someone just starting out at Yaskawa?
A: I would encourage them to ask more questions. We have a lot of talent and experience here to learn from. Also, the training classes and materials are a great resource for learning about drives and motion applications. Take the classes!