Events and Awards

2021 Engineering Leader Under 40: Michael Horth, 30

Sr. Controls Engineer at Applied Manufacturing Technologies Orion Charter Township, MI, United States, BS Mechanical Engineering, Ohio Northern University

By CFE Media September 8, 2021
Michael Horth, 30, Sr. Controls Engineer, Applied Manufacturing Technologies, Orion Charter Township, MI, United States, BS Mechanical Engineering, Ohio Northern University

Michael Horth, 30
Sr. Controls Engineer
Applied Manufacturing Technologies Orion Charter Township, MI, United States
BS Mechanical Engineering, Ohio Northern University

Why should this person be recognized for this award?

Since 2013, Michael has always gone above and beyond for AMT and our customers. He started out in robot programming and has grown his skills in simulation and PLC programming. He is now one of the key Controls Engineers in our systems integration group. He has developed standardized code that has helped to fuel the company‚Äôs growth. In addition to his technical development, Michael shares his knowledge and mentors new employees. One of his mentees said: “He goes above and beyond when it comes to sacrificing his time and ability with helping out those who need him.”

Achievements, Advancement & Career-related Industry Contributions

Michael has been responsible for the development of a standard controls package for PLC, HMI and Robots for palletizing applications. He has also developed custom AOI for Rockwell Automation PowerFlex drives that are used throughout the company. His biggest contribution has been in the development of other employees through his mentorship. This is one of the reasons Michael was recognized as a 2018 AMT Core Value Award recipient. This is a peer nominated award that is selected by management for the employees that represent the AMT core values of: Respect for the Individual, Integrity, Support for the Team, and Excellence in Reputation.

Non-work-related Activities & Hobbies

Michael’s love for programming continues outside of work. Recently he has combined this love with his love for video games by making his own. He created a top-down shooter style game using Unity. This allowed him to combine his passions and enjoyed seeing the results.

Interesting Details

  • Michael played volleyball in high school and college.
  • He enjoys math, especially Trigonometry and solving puzzles.
  • He is also a movie aficionado with his favorite movie being The Prestige.

Why did they choose this career?

Michael studied mechanical engineering in school and intended to get job in mechanical design department at AMT, but during his round-robin interview he clicked with robot programming manager and decided to give that a try. After doing some robot programming training, he quickly discovered his passion in programming logic and getting the instant real-world feedback. This fit his love of problem solving and has fueled his advancement at AMT.


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