Believe it or not, braille is not as simple as it may look. This is where Brandon comes in. Our resident braille expert and engraving specialist, Brandon is a powerful team of one when it comes to all things braille and ADA. His job is a pretty important one and we’re so lucky to have this hard-working guy on our team. Hear more from Brandon below!
Position at OSC: Engraving Specialist / Braille Connoisseur / ADA Overlord
Tell us a little bit more about what this entails? I am primarily responsible for braille products. My day-to-day work consists of cutting backers for orders to receive braille and/or tactile. When able I am to assist my fellow engravers whenever and wherever possible. On occasion, Jamey will have a new product that I will have to learn to produce effectively, such as trophy plates or large brass plates to be paint filled.
Where did you go to college?I briefly attended Tomball Community College but dropped out before the end of my first semester. Personally, I prefer hard work and learning on-the-job through mistakes, experimentation, apprenticeships and so on. If you’re willing to put forth the effort and ask the right questions, you can get just as valuable of an education, if not more so, through the process that I described previously. And your local library is far more affordable than a college textbook.
Where did you start your career? Non-OSC: Technically, I have not yet truly started. I am dabbling in woodworking when my free time allows and hopefully I can turn my hobby into a career. However, there are many tools for me to invest in and many mistakes yet to make on that road. But my goal is to get to this point within the next five years.
OSC: My girlfriend informed me of a post Ryan had made on Facebook looking for applicants in Production. After reaching out I received an email to deposit my resume and the rest is history.
How long have you been with OSC? I want to say two years. But I cannot be one-hundred percent certain if it is two or longer. But let’s be honest, beyond one year things start to get fuzzy on the timeline.
Favorite thing about your job at OSC? Having to figure out how best to produce a new product such as engraving on brass plates. I enjoy the opportunities I get to stretch my critical thinking.
Favorite OSC tradition, event or work perk? Having weekends and holidays off is a huge perk of OSC. We are lucky to have this benefit as far too many businesses (in my opinion) do not grant these necessary and enjoyable breaks.
Favorite thing about Fargo / Moorhead? The short distance between any destination that I have on my agenda for the day. Coming from a big city like Houston you have to learn to plan for any trips you want to make. Otherwise you risk spending three hours making only one or two stops that only take a half-hour each.
When I’m not at OSC you can find me….Doing quite a few things; in my garage with a woodworking project, fixing problems around the house, creating some form of art, or playing Dungeons and Dragons.
Favorite place to travel to? Currently my favorite travel destination would be Grand Cayman.
Favorite restaurant in town? My kitchen. No seriously, my favorite meals come out this cramped space and we work hard to make these fantastic feasts!
Favorite sports team? I am not a sports fan.
What advice would you give to younger people trying to get into your profession? I would say to follow three simple steps to success: hard work, kindness, and humility.