Matt Scally: Engineer – Colorado Springs

At CAES, our people are our most important asset. We sat down with several of our engineers to learn more about their career paths, interests and why they enjoy working at CAES. Read on to learn more about Matt Scally, Engineer.

Surrounded by engineers throughout his life at Colorado Engineering (now a part of CAES), Matt Scally's career trajectory has been a journey of transformation. Initially immersed in the realm of IT, Matt dedicated over a decade to this field before charting a new course into engineering. Opting to pivot his professional direction, Matt went back to school to get his degree in Electrical Engineering.

Simultaneously attending engineering school while working his full-time position at CAES gave Matt a unique advantage – the opportunity for cross-training across a spectrum of engineering disciplines (such as RF, Digital, Firmware, Software, Layout, and Schematics). This experience is different from the conventional engineering route, which often focuses solely on one aspect of the design process. Benefitting from guidance both within and beyond the walls of CAES, Matt found exceptional mentors in the Principal Engineers he worked with including his wife, a Senior Engineer at CAES.

During his time in engineering school at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS), Matt had the opportunity to work on a year-long Senior Capstone project. Addressing a local craft distiller's challenge of meeting demands due to the manual aspect of operation, Matt and his team spent a year developing a scalable, automated system. The resulting prototype not only fulfilled all customer requirements with automated control over the distillation process, but also exceeded the quality standards of a manually operated still. The automated system Matt and his classmates engineered is now transitioning into reality, giving Matt the opportunity to see his work come to life. If you are interested in learning more about this project, read the article here.

When asked to give advice to future engineers, Matt shared, “Always ask questions and don't be afraid to look stupid."

Matt is proof that it is never too late to make a career change, and his experience as an engineer at CAES is just beginning.