Nathaniel Giese, Packaging Engineer, Muscle Shoals, AL.
Michigan State University Graduate
What do you do as a Packaging Engineer? I am responsible for specifications, fleet size, testing and purchasing of internal and finished goods packaging. I design, test, implement, structure cost and release bills of material for expendable service parts packaging. I also oversee all packaging related issues including quality concerns due to packaging, bank builds, EOP packaging removal, and fleet replacement/ repair.
What kind of skills does one need to become a Packaging Engineer? Time management, communication, multi-tasking, engineering design.
What kind of packaging do you deal with? Internal component packaging, finished goods returnable packaging, expendable finished goods alternate packaging, and expendable finished goods service packaging.
Why is your job so important? It is my job to ensure that quality parts are received at the line for production at NAL, as well as to ensure that quality lamps are received at the lines of our customers.
What do you like most about your job? I enjoy the diversity of projects and situations that I deal with. I get to do something different each and every day which always keeps me on my toes and makes the days go by quickly.
What makes automotive packaging different than other packaging jobs? Automotive packaging is a very fast paced environment compared to every other packaging sectors.
Nash Simpson, Packaging Engineer, Paris, IL.
Indiana State University Graduate
What do you do as a Packaging Engineer? I develop and validate packaging solutions to ensure product and packaging integrity, analyze materials and designs for cost effectiveness, and ensure packaging designs are environmentally and ergonomically friendly.
What kind of skills does one need to become a Packaging Engineer? Problem solving skills with a creative mind in design/development. as well as interpersonal skills to interact with suppliers, customers and co-workers.
What kind of packaging do you deal with? I support packaging through the entire cycle including the packaging that supports our suppliers, our plant and internal processes, and shipping to our customers. The types of packaging are both expendable and returnable in various materials.
Why is your job so important? A good packaging design can make operators’ daily work easier and safer. It can also impact the environment by using recyclable materials and eliminating landfill waste.
What do you like most about your job? My coworkers are always available tp help and bounce ideas off each other, making a constructive and positive work environment. NAL has a strong customer base and has had consistent growth during my career, so it’s proven to be a stable employer.
What makes automotive packaging different than other packaging jobs? It is always changing. The technology and designs continue to evolve which also challenges packaging engineering to push for better design methods.
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