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REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2019 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE I I-CONNECT007 35 ous task groups and committees, and finally became the chair of TAEC, and so forth. That's how I got involved. I've been involved with soldering my whole life from the time I graduated in as an ME from UMass-Lowell (Lowell Tech at the time). I was involved with cleaning and soldering, fabricat- ing, and board assembly process so as can be seen I've been involved in electronic manufac- turing assembly my whole life. When I came to EPTAC, we wanted to expand our business, and my focus was the consulting side and get- ting involved with the specifications, making sure all of our instructors knew them, etc. That's how I got into it, and I guess the oppor- tunity is never say no to the question, "Do you want to do this?" I'm always the guy that said, "Sure, I'll do that." That's how I got started, and how it has been over the years. Goldman: Well, let's say you were already started (laughs). Lambert: Yeah. You get involved with these things, and it's just a matter of do you want to do this or not? And of course, you see the need for it in the marketplace, which has changed so drastically over the last 20–40 years from basically just electronics in computers to all the electronic products that are on the market today. It's just crazy. We get a lot more custom- ers, requests, and questions, and a lot more use of the IPC specifications and things like that. So, you start thinking about the value that it brings to the marketplace; I think that's the big piece. I like seeing the value of the work, and then because you have that opportunity to work in this kind of business and industry and give back, which was big for me. Goldman: I know you've been heavily involved in the soldering specification arena at IPC and have been on a number of committees and subcommittees always in the assembly area. Any memorable moments or times that par- ticularly stand out? Lambert: Oh, there are all kinds of them. Per- haps the most memorable was when I started going to the meetings, the heads of the assem- bly and joining process were Paul Bud from Electrovert and John DeVore of General Elec-

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