Christian Manko
Christian Manko
As an electrical engineer and an MBA, I enjoy working closely with my customers and bringing new technologies to the market.

Since joining TE in August 2017, Christian Manko has helped TE develop new data connectivity products for the truck, bus, and off-road industries.  Before TE, Christian worked for the truck industry for several years, managing projects in the engineering department for advanced driver assistance systems where he spent much of his time working to increase safety and efficiency in trucks. Christian’s work experience and his engineering and business education have made him a trusted expert in TE’s Industrial & Commercial Transportation business unit. He has a vast amount of knowledge on the infotainment and telematics systems in vehicles. Christian not only knows the elements that make up a data connectivity system, but how they all work together. 

1

Why did you choose to join TE?

I wanted the opportunity to work closely with customers. After I earned my MBA in 2016, I knew it was time to challenge myself by using what I had learned in school. Engineering is my background, but I also wanted to use my business skills. Today, as a product manager, I get to work within many of the functions of a company. Not only am I doing engineering work now, but I’m also getting to do the business to business work that I enjoy. Because TE is a world leader and a very dynamic company, there’s a lot of opportunity here for me to unleash my full potential.

2

What are the biggest challenges to your customers right now?

My customers are facing three main challenges. The first is that they want to develop safer vehicles. For example, for trucks, not only do my customers want the driver of the vehicle to be safe in a collision, but they also want everyone in traffic to be safer – including the other cars on the road and the pedestrians in the area. Increasing productivity is another challenge. My on-highway vehicle customers want to help reduce traffic congestion and improve efficiency. For off-highway vehicles, such as combines or harvesters in farming, my customers are concerned about being more efficient and eliminating waste. The third challenge is that all my customers are working to lower the total cost of ownership of a vehicle, oftentimes through preventative and remote diagnostics. The challenges my customers face all require high speed data and need reliable connectivity products, which is where I get to help!

3

Where do you think the truck, bus, and off-road industries will be in 10-20 years from now?

In ten years, I expect to see vehicles on the highway that can drive by themselves. A truck will still have an operator in the cab, but he or she will only intervene with the vehicle’s operation when necessary. In twenty years, I can see vehicles functioning fully autonomous with no operator present. In certain circumstances, such as vehicles that drive from one hub to another, I expect that fully autonomous vehicles will be available sooner, rather than later. In off-highway operations in the next ten to twenty years, I also can see autonomous vehicles being used. In farming for example, harvesting will be done by autonomous vehicles. Autonomy will start with only smaller processes being handled by this technology. Over time, the autonomous processes will increase until the entire operation is handled by vehicles that have no operator. One thing that could prevent autonomous vehicles from coming sooner are the costs associated with the technology. The advantages of the technology must outweigh the costs.

4

What do you enjoy most about your work? Why?

What I like is developing new and innovative products. As an electrical engineer and an MBA, I enjoy working closely with my customers and bringing new technologies to the market. I also like that I get to work with all types of commercial vehicle customers. I’m not confined to working with only one customer or within a single industry. Instead, I’m faced with finding solutions to challenges in the trucking, construction, mining, agricultural, and other heavy industries. I also enjoy that my role allows me to work and meet with many different people, both internally and externally. It makes my job very interesting and challenging. I enjoy puzzling everything together and providing extraordinary customer experiences.

 

5

What inspires you?

What inspires me is that I am in the center of a/my business. In this center, my work leads to a growing business, which helps lead to a safer, sustainable and more connected world. In comparison with my former job, where I worked on systems in trucks that can directly save pedestrians and bicyclists, I am now working on a smaller wheel of this whole system. In my role at TE, I can see in this micro cosmos how my work directly impacts the growth of my product line and my business, which helps secure the survival of my company and my colleagues’ jobs.

Christian Manko
Christian Manko
As an electrical engineer and an MBA, I enjoy working closely with my customers and bringing new technologies to the market.

Since joining TE in August 2017, Christian Manko has helped TE develop new data connectivity products for the truck, bus, and off-road industries.  Before TE, Christian worked for the truck industry for several years, managing projects in the engineering department for advanced driver assistance systems where he spent much of his time working to increase safety and efficiency in trucks. Christian’s work experience and his engineering and business education have made him a trusted expert in TE’s Industrial & Commercial Transportation business unit. He has a vast amount of knowledge on the infotainment and telematics systems in vehicles. Christian not only knows the elements that make up a data connectivity system, but how they all work together. 

1

Why did you choose to join TE?

I wanted the opportunity to work closely with customers. After I earned my MBA in 2016, I knew it was time to challenge myself by using what I had learned in school. Engineering is my background, but I also wanted to use my business skills. Today, as a product manager, I get to work within many of the functions of a company. Not only am I doing engineering work now, but I’m also getting to do the business to business work that I enjoy. Because TE is a world leader and a very dynamic company, there’s a lot of opportunity here for me to unleash my full potential.

2

What are the biggest challenges to your customers right now?

My customers are facing three main challenges. The first is that they want to develop safer vehicles. For example, for trucks, not only do my customers want the driver of the vehicle to be safe in a collision, but they also want everyone in traffic to be safer – including the other cars on the road and the pedestrians in the area. Increasing productivity is another challenge. My on-highway vehicle customers want to help reduce traffic congestion and improve efficiency. For off-highway vehicles, such as combines or harvesters in farming, my customers are concerned about being more efficient and eliminating waste. The third challenge is that all my customers are working to lower the total cost of ownership of a vehicle, oftentimes through preventative and remote diagnostics. The challenges my customers face all require high speed data and need reliable connectivity products, which is where I get to help!

3

Where do you think the truck, bus, and off-road industries will be in 10-20 years from now?

In ten years, I expect to see vehicles on the highway that can drive by themselves. A truck will still have an operator in the cab, but he or she will only intervene with the vehicle’s operation when necessary. In twenty years, I can see vehicles functioning fully autonomous with no operator present. In certain circumstances, such as vehicles that drive from one hub to another, I expect that fully autonomous vehicles will be available sooner, rather than later. In off-highway operations in the next ten to twenty years, I also can see autonomous vehicles being used. In farming for example, harvesting will be done by autonomous vehicles. Autonomy will start with only smaller processes being handled by this technology. Over time, the autonomous processes will increase until the entire operation is handled by vehicles that have no operator. One thing that could prevent autonomous vehicles from coming sooner are the costs associated with the technology. The advantages of the technology must outweigh the costs.

4

What do you enjoy most about your work? Why?

What I like is developing new and innovative products. As an electrical engineer and an MBA, I enjoy working closely with my customers and bringing new technologies to the market. I also like that I get to work with all types of commercial vehicle customers. I’m not confined to working with only one customer or within a single industry. Instead, I’m faced with finding solutions to challenges in the trucking, construction, mining, agricultural, and other heavy industries. I also enjoy that my role allows me to work and meet with many different people, both internally and externally. It makes my job very interesting and challenging. I enjoy puzzling everything together and providing extraordinary customer experiences.

 

5

What inspires you?

What inspires me is that I am in the center of a/my business. In this center, my work leads to a growing business, which helps lead to a safer, sustainable and more connected world. In comparison with my former job, where I worked on systems in trucks that can directly save pedestrians and bicyclists, I am now working on a smaller wheel of this whole system. In my role at TE, I can see in this micro cosmos how my work directly impacts the growth of my product line and my business, which helps secure the survival of my company and my colleagues’ jobs.