2015 Engineering Leader Under 40: Miguel Gutierrez, 35

Project Manager, MAVERICK Technologies; Santa Ana, Calif.; BS History, California State University, Fullerton


Miguel GutierrezMiguel Gutierrez, 35
Project Manager, MAVERICK Technologies; Santa Ana, Calif.
BS History, California State University, Fullerton

Gutierrez combines many first-rate skills to make him an effective engineering leader at MAVERICK Technologies. He quickly learned the necessary technical skills early in his career and still demonstrates an ongoing personal drive to always know more. He engages with customers to understand their needs and with coworkers to encourage, help, and train them. Gutierrez knows what it takes to execute a project right the first time with the highest quality, keeping the team focused so that the customer is delighted and MAVERICK is the preferred choice for customers and employees. A liberal arts background forms the foundation of Gutierrez’s experiences. However, as he worked through school he acquired database programming experience that quickly translated him into the automation industry where he found an aptitude for human-machine interface and programmable logic controller development. He has consistently gained skills and executed increasingly complex projects through his career, pushing himself to excel in each task. An excellent performance record as a member of startup teams—and later as a leader of those teams—under challenging conditions has been key to his success. Gutierrez is always willing to make time to help teach a coworker, and he is a regular contributor to company blog posts that promote excellent work skills. As his career has advanced, he has learned the commercial aspects of the business. When he’s not working, Gutierrez can be found at the paintball park with friends or preparing for his next Zombie Run or dragon boat race.

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