2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Margaruette Finney, 30

Reliability Engineer Certified Fluid Power Specialist, Advanced Technology Services, Peoria, Ill.


Margaruette Finney, 30
Reliability Engineer Certified Fluid Power Specialist; Advanced Technology Services, Peoria, Ill.
AAS Fluid Power Engineering, Hennepin Technical College
AAS Mechanical Engineering Technology, Hennepin Technical College
BS Operations Management, Minnesota State University Moorhead

As a Reliability Engineer for Advanced Technology Services, Finney continuously finds creative ways to improve processes, reduce waste, and increase efficiency. By implementing and leading a reliability program, spearheading continuous improvement projects, driving rapid improvement initiatives, deploying lean manufacturing principles, and collaborating with customers across business units to enhance all aspects of the manufacturing operation, Finney makes significant and direct contributions to the plant's success and embodies the best intangible qualities of the plant engineering profession. She holds a bachelor's degree in operations management, where she specialized in quality processes, cost analysis, leadership, and project management. She also holds 5 AAS degrees: mechanical engineering technology systems; fluid power and plastics; certified fluid power specialist; pneumatic, hydraulic; and advanced technician training. In her spare time, Finney recently coordinated a food and beverage service for a children's dinner theater program held at her church. Finney also voluntarily tutors and mentors young people at her church, helping them with coursework and serving as a role model. She is deeply committed to giving back to her community and helping the next generation succeed.

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