2012 Leader Under 40: Scott Burns, 31
Engineering Team Leader, Pella Corp., Pella, Iowa
Scott Burns, 31
“Scott currently serves as an engineering team leader at Pella,” said Michael Kugel, engineering manager at Pella Corp. “In this role, he leads a team of engineers responsible for product development and maintenance of Pella’s highest volume product line. Among his recent accomplishments, Scott led a new window introduction, executing the project in record time with a high degree of success. In the prior year, Scott successfully led an introduction of a premium vinyl sliding door. He is a strong technical leader, recognized as one of Pella’s best in terms of technical judgment, business sense, and speed of delivery.”
Why a career in manufacturing?
“Growing up, I always enjoyed taking things apart to determine how they worked. During my first factory tour at age 16, I was amazed by the seamless orchestration of people, material, and products. I was fortunate enough to earn a co-op experience at Pella Corp. when I was 19 years old, where I worked in the Continuous Improvement office. Every day I work to improve processes, quality, ergonomics, and throughput. Driving efficiencies using creativity over capital was the most exciting challenge for me when I was 19, and still is today.”
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.