Background - I graduated from CSU Fenn College of Engineering in 1999 with a BS in IE. I took my first full time opportunity with the Nestle Prepared Foods Company soon after in Solon Ohio. I held various positions within Nestle over the last 7.5 years including plant engineer, corporate engineer and production supervisor. My last promotion has landed me in Chatsworth, California as an Industrial Engineering Manager for a newly acquired facility. The facility I work at here in Chatsworth is a newly acquired brand that you might know of called "Hot Pockets". We produce the majority of the product line as well as food service items such as Belgian waffles and roller stix that you would find at 7-11.
To break it down as an Industrial Engineering Manager for the Nestle Prepared Foods Company I am responsible for four main things. The first is developing and working with all other groups in order to identify savings opportunities. For example this can include simple time studies to eliminate headcount or it can include working with the project engineers to automate an entire production line. The second task that my group is responsible for is adhering to and setting in place all of the Nestle systems from capacity planning, manning standards, production reporting etc. The third task can be categorized as general plant support. This can include facilitating continuous improvement meetings, working with the quality assurance group using SPC, or even with finance on daily and monthly variance issues. The last responsibility is to ensure that my three engineers are continuously trained and developed. As a manager I need to coach them along their career path and guide them to their next steps.
The courses most related to my work are the basics, motion and time studies, and stats.
My most memorable moment would have to be when I was sitting in an assistant professors class (the first day mind you), and he began to tell a story of his graduate work. He mentioned the fact that a one Dr. Svestka gave him a grade that broke his 4.0 average. He then preceded to point across the room and mention that Dr. Svestka's only son was now in his class and sitting right there in the back!
Not really. I am glad I did what I did at CSU. The key to landing my first job at Nestle was primarily because of my diverse co-op experience, which I cannot emphasize enough for any undergrad.
There are a few pointers that I would like to share based on my experience.
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