Overseeing Quality

Albert Capestany
CNC Lathe Supervisor
PSAV, 2015

“Safety, quality, then production.” That’s the motto Albert Capestany and his team live by. As a supervisor for Tecomet, the aerospace, defense and medical device manufacturer, Capestany manages the production of medical device components. Everything his team fabricates goes into human bodies. Think cardio and orthopedic implants, surgical instruments, trauma plates and more.

Capestany started as a machine operator in 2008 at Tecomet’s Riviera Beach location, then 3D Medical Manufacturing. He had been studying computer networking at the College, but he showed such promise on the job, that the company enrolled him in PBSC’s Machining Technology program. There he fine-tuned his knowledge of computer numerical control (CNC) machining, which automates manufacturing.

He now oversees 38 machinists in this growing facility of 230 employees. Tecomet, which has a staff of over 2,500 worldwide, currently employs about a dozen PBSC machining graduates.

“Palm Beach State gives you all the basics that you need to…not be afraid of the machines,” Capestany said. “Think about it, when you’re in front of a machine that costs half a million dollars, you need to know what you’re doing. At PBSC, they get you ready for that. They show you what to do, when to do it, and what to look for. It’s a good start.”