Employee Spotlight - Hans Coate - Geoforce

Employee Spotlight – Hans Coate

Can you afford to lose visibility of this cargo’s location? For an hour? For a day? For a week? Of course, we all know the answer already: losing visibility into critical assets can mean losing even more: money, time, productivity, safety, sanity…

This month’s Employee Spotlight features Hans Coate, one of our Product Reliability Engineers out of our Bozeman office.

November is a month focused on giving thanks and family, so it is most appropriate that we feature Hans this month since he has just welcomed a new baby boy into his family! Congratulations Hans!

Q: What is your name and position?

A: Hans Coate – Product Reliability Engineer

Q: How long have you been with Geoforce?

A: I started with Geoforce in April of this year.

Q: Can you explain your job at Geoforce?

A: I work within the Product Quality department at Geoforce and am located in our R&D office in Bozeman, Montana, along with our Hardware Development Team. My main focus is to be the voice for reliability at all stages of the hardware product life cycle. During the design phase I work closely with the hardware design team to ensure some key reliability tasks are performed, such as design for reliability, design for manufacturability, and FMEA based Highly Accelerated Life Testing. When a product reaches initial production my focus turns to manufacturing in order to identify ways Geoforce can guarantee repeatable, consistent processes are in place, using, among other things, statistical process control. Then, prior to the product being released to customers, I work with the Geoforce sales, customer support and professional services teams to perform beta trials as well as qualification testing. Qualification testing ensures that the end product that we deliver to the customer does exactly what we say it will do in all of the combinations of environmental stresses that are possible. Lastly, once the product is in production I work closely with Lana Aderholdt, one of our Product Test Engineers, to perform failure analysis on returned units. Failure Analysis closes the loop and provides vital feedback to both the design team and the manufacturing facility in the form of corrective actions. This feedback results in continuous improvement of our products. To summarize, my focus is on delivering products to our customers that work when they need it to work, for as long as we say it will work.

Q: What do your hobbies include?

A: First and foremost I love to just hang out with my wife, Beth, and my kids, Peyton, Lucas, and our newest addition Cooper who was born earlier this week!

Spending my weekend mornings wrestling with the kids is something I look forward to all week long and something I’ll always cherish. My main hobby, which my wife just loves, is football. I’m a football junkie who pretty much goes into hiding on the weekends in the fall. Far too much of my brain is filled up with meaningless football information. The fall is now presenting an additional time consuming hobby in the form of hunting. Since moving back to Montana, I’ve decided to get into hunting and I’m already hooked. I got my first bull elk this year. It was a rush!

Q: If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

A: If I could have one super power it would be to be able to predict the future. It sure would make my job and life a whole lot less stressful. However, at the same time, what makes life rewarding is the everyday risk assessments that we have to continually make about our future and the joys that come from the successful decisions. So…maybe not?

Q: What is your favorite thing about Geoforce?

A: The culture. Geoforce is full of people that care 100% about what they do. It’s my opinion that the number one characteristic anybody can ask for an employee or coworker is that the person cares about their respective role in the success of the company. And without a doubt, everybody I’ve worked with to date fits the profile.