Business Improvement Engineer and Pricing Lead
Why did you join Air Products?
I joined Air Products because during my intern assignments, I had the opportunity to be very hands on to get the most out of my summers. Apart from being so hands on, I felt the culture to be very welcoming.
Why do you love working at Air Products? What is it that keeps you working at Air Products?
I love working at Air Products because every day I see something new and learn something new. I love how well the south team works together and the working environment. What keeps me working at Air Products is the ability and encouragement to try new things and develop new skills.
Please describe your career at Air Products to date.
My first 3 years were spent in the CDP program – my 1st assignment being in operations at our Port Arthur facility, my 2nd assignment being in the HyCO project organization in Louisiana, and my 3rd assignment in the IG South business improvement group. My first two years were spent heavily at our producing facilities learning the different technologies and how to run projects from scope development through execution and close out. I tried something out of my comfort zone for my 3rd assignment and really enjoyed the hybrid assignment – having projects to execute to benefit our plants as well as getting a taste of the commercial space. For the past two years I have stayed with the improvement team supporting productivity projects and have had the opportunity to work with many different teams ranging from fleet, operations, sales and pricing.
Tell me about the most intriguing/satisfying thing(s) you’ve been involved in since you’ve been at Air Products.
One of the most satisfying things I’ve done since being in my current role is completing the Lean Six Sigma Green and Black belt courses. I’ve been able to apply the lean methodology to my projects in order to maximize hard benefits. One of my most recent projects is decreasing driver delay time between trailer loading at our NOLA facility. I was able to spend time with the loaders and drivers to figure out what’s the main hindrance to getting back to site and on to their next delivery on time. The goal here was to decrease by 20% and we’ve achieved a decrease of 50% saving $180k/year. This is just one project that makes me love my role even more as before, I would never have gotten to get involved with a distribution project.
What career advice would you give to those just starting out in their engineering careers?
I would say to try to get your hands on whatever you can. If you can put your theory to test, you’ll gain more skills than you can in the classroom. Also, don’t stop asking questions – there’s always something new to learn.
Please explain what you do (in your current and/or previous job) contributes to sustainability?
CONSERVE: One of the main components of my role is helping to find productivity projects within our production facilities or commercial space to help Air Products save money, increase production, and/or grow business. One method of finding productivity projects in our plants is holding plant assessments – we go through details of the site to find where we can tweak setpoints or add capital in order to increase production or lower spec power. Depending on site size, these assessments can result between $100k to $500k in hard savings to our P&L.
CARE: I’ve always found ways to be active with volunteering while at Air Products. In every location there’s opportunities to support local charities. One of my favorite activities is performing “LIN Demos” at local YMCAs or schools. I’ve had many opportunities to demonstrate the properties of LIN while teaching students a few things about how to handle it with proper PPE and how we make it and transport it to our end customers!
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