2015 Engineering Leader Under 40: Chad Albert, 30

Engineering Manager, Bluff Manufacturing; Fort Worth, Texas; BS Civil Engineering, Western Michigan University


Chad AlbertChad Albert, 30
Engineering Manager; Bluff Manufacturing; Fort Worth, Texas
BS Civil Engineering, Western Michigan University

Albert brings his advanced skills in creating automation systems to increase efficiency and productivity to the engineering team at Bluff Manufacturing. As an innovator, Albert drives new product development and redesigns existing products for greater manufacturing efficiency. He consistently leads his team to deliver solutions and value to their customers, increasing revenue for his company. Albert has transformed the way Bluff’s products are created with his process development framework created for the engineering department. He has also created automated tools to streamline the customer ordering process and systematize products, resulting in decreased ordering cycles. In the engineering industry, Albert has been the Bluff member representative of the Loading Dock Equipment Manufacturers group of the Material Handling Institute, which reviews, discusses, and revises the standards for the design, performance, and proper operation of loading dock equipment. Outside of work, Albert enjoys spending time with his 2- and 4-year-old sons. He is heavily involved with community service, including mission trips to Central America and helping with Hurricane Katrina cleanup in Alabama. Closer to home, Albert volunteers for his church through cleanup projects involving the community and assisting the homeless in Forth Worth. Albert’s math and science talents were identified early in his life and encouraged by his father and grandfather, both of whom allowed him to identify issues and create solutions for projects around the family farm. This developed into his zest for providing solutions that are not easily obtained and helping other people solve their technical problems.

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