Leader Under 40: Derrick Himmelberg
Project Engineer, Matrix Technologies Inc. - BS Biomedical Engineering, University of Toledo
Mr. Derrick Himmelberg, 30
Project Engineer, Matrix Technologies Inc.
BS Biomedical Engineering, University of Toledo
Himmelberg has been promoted three times since joining Matrix six years ago. He has acted as an automation engineering consultant for various industries with a focus on the pharmaceutical industry. He led the design team for a new building automation system for a leading pharmaceutical company which encompassed six separate buildings. The company entrusted him to train their full time employees on the new system. Himmelberg was the lead automation engineer on a number of projects for a pharmaceutical company that included PLC and HMI programming for bioreactors, chromatography systems, viral filtration systems, and clean in place systems. He programmed an automated solution for tracking billets through a local steel mill using their currently installed I/O and hardware.
Himmelberg enjoys hiking with his family in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He enjoys the views and sense of accomplishment whenever they conquer a new peak. Himmelberg also likes teaching his two young sons about the great outdoors.
Himmelberg enjoys designing and implementing updates to his home, which is over a century old, ensuring that everything is up to current safety codes. He also performs all the preventative maintenance and mechanical fixes for his family’s automobiles. He enjoys troubleshooting car issues and the sense of accomplishment when that check engine light goes away.
Himmelberg is an Eagle Scout, and he still uses the leadership skills and outdoorsman skills learned in scouting in his professional career and his recreational endeavors. His wife works for a publishing company that publishes crafting magazines and books. He has acted as a male model for them in the past modeling sweaters and other knitted accessories.
While in college Himmelberg took electives in philosophy and logic. He liked how real-world logical arguments applied to computer programming. He uses that knowledge of logic and philosophy across all programming languages and applications. Himmelberg’s first experience with automation was when he worked as a Co-op for Pfizer. His job was to program and troubleshoot automated liquid handlers and lab equipment used in their high-throughput screening process, which they use to discover possible new drugs.
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.