Young people are finding their way to manufacturing, and are finding success. Plant Engineering’s Future 30 program is a year-long series highlighting the future manufacturing leaders and why they are optimistic about their future.
Young people are finding their way to manufacturing, and are finding success. Plant Engineering’s Future 30 program is a year-long series highlighting the future manufacturing leaders and why they are optimistic about their future. To submit one of your employees for consideration, go to www.plantengineering.com or email editor Bob Vavra at BVavra@cfemedia.com .
Age : 31
Education : Associate’s degree in plant supervision
Employer : Titan America, Medley, FL
What they say : “Mike is an exceptional leader and supervisor at the plant. He began his career as a production utility and due to his intelligence and drive became the best maintenance supervisor in the plant. He supervises mechanical, hydraulics and dust collection crews and has developed an extensive knowledge of cement plant operations, world class level rivaling any engineer in the business. He has a great self drive and there is no challenge he cannot complete.”
Why he’s excited about a future in manufacturing : “I could not have imagined the journey my career has taken me on so far. I started out working as a shift utility and spent several years on shift, learning and advancing. By showing a little initiative, opportunity after opportunity has come my way in the form of interesting and challenging projects, many of which led to advancement. In this rapidly changing world, I expect those challenges and opportunities to continue well beyond the scope of my career. I’m situated to contribute in this evolution.”
Age : 36
Education : BS in Industrial Hygiene from Oakland University; MBA from Walsh College
Employer : Molex Corp., Lisle, IL
What they say : “Joel Eurich began his career at Molex in 1998 with a primary focus on ensuring EH&S compliance at the operations level. His current focus includes enhancing EH&S initiatives and sustainable practices in support of Molex’s ECOCARE EH&S Policy. In 2006, Joel helped create the Molex Environmental Council to establish a clear direction for EH&S standards and implement sustainable manufacturing policies and procedures globally.”
Why he’s excited about a future in manufacturing : “Molex is known for its design innovation, but ultimately we manufacture electronic components. The idea of being associated with a company that actually makes a tangible good is exciting. Being able to positively impact these operations through improvement activities, while protecting the environment in which we work and live, is even more exciting and rewarding. These challenges motivate me to think creatively and outside the box, constantly striving to make those around me and myself better.”
Age : 39
Education : BSME from Oregon State; registered professional engineer in Oregon
Employer : Georgia-Pacific, Toledo OR
What they say : “Carl has worked in both engineering and maintenance during the last 13 years at the Georgia Pacific containerboard mill in Toledo, Oregon. As a registered professional engineer, Carl has provided a measure of discipline and dedication to the projects he led. Carl has managed both small and large projects at the mill including the 2007 steam turbine electrical generation project. Carl is now leading our asset reliability group, a team that is dedicated to developing and infusing a reliability mindset in all Toledo workers. Carl’s greatest strength is his ability to inspire others through expectations and encouragement.”
Why he’s excited about a future in manufacturing : ”The numerous challenges facing the manufacturing sector provide for exciting career opportunities. Eliminating waste, improving reliability and re-thinking how we navigate the market in today’s global economy are our path for survival. Working outside our comfort zones and successfully facing the trials of our time offer many rewards.”
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.