January Member Spotlight: Josh Worthley
Josh Worthley is a dimensional metrology instructor, Six Sigma Yellow Belt, and a member of the Inspection Division.
Education: Autonomous systems network administration, system administration and network security degree from Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, SD. Associate of applied science degree in mechanical engineering technology from Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, IA.
What was your introduction to quality? While pursuing my IT degrees, my welder-turned-inspector father would bring me into his employer’s shop to help understand the computer side of their new FaroArm portable coordinate measuring machine. Soon after, I started as a part-time inspector myself, eventually going full-time after graduation.
Is there a teacher who influenced you more than others? Why? My high school geometry teacher, Mr. Haugen, opened my eyes to the practical use of math and encouraged experimentation instead of a laser focus on getting the correct answer.
Do you have a mentor who has made a difference in your career? Frank Sloup, former vice president of quality at Quatro Composites, always took the time to completely listen and guide. I’m forever grateful for his presence early in my career.
What is the best career advice you ever received? Find a career in which your greatest passion intersects your greatest strength. For me, that means teaching and training in the world of quality.
What ASQ activities do you participate in? The Inspection Division, certified quality inspector (CQI) exam prep instructor, member of four surrounding ASQ sections, lead coordinator for the CQI apprenticeship program in which DCC dimensional inspection graduates can sit for the CQI test after graduation.
What activities or achievements outside of ASQ do you think are noteworthy? Leading the 29-credit Dimensional Inspection Career Studies Certificate program at DCC, including developing several online and hybrid classes.
Personal: Married to Jessica for five years; two young sons, Sebastian and Atticus.
What are your favorite ways to relax? Listening to podcasts and stealing naps.
What books are you currently reading? Lost and Found by Orson Scott Card and Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry M. Prizant.
Do you have favorite blogs? I love the Gemba Academy blog, particularly posts by Jon Miller and Kevin Meyer. Their thoughtfulness and delivery is always so deliberate and genuine. They really make me think.
Are you active on social media? I subscribe to numerous YouTube channels but some of the more educational ones include This Old Tony, Engineering Explained, SciShow, QualityGurus, Matt Risinger, Mark Rober, SmarterEveryDay, and Farming Outside the Box.
Quality quote: Slow down and think through why you need the data.