Amber Nolf

Amber Nolf

Corporate Development Specialist, SMS Group

What was your first job?

Research Assistant/ Engineer Intern

What do you do in your current role?

In my role as a corporate development specialist, I work with a wide variety of people here at SMS. I develop and report presentations related to our business while working directly with management. I also work as an Industrial Engineer to identify and execute efficiency related projects in our workshops such as floor maps and process flows. Along with efficiency projects, I assist in developing new ways our company can work in an efficient and effective manner. I spend a lot time within our workshops observing the work performed there. To work in this role, I need to be familiar with the operations of these workshops as well as able to learn the tasks the employees perform.

How/why did you begin your career in manufacturing?

Growing up, my Grandfather allowed me to help him remodel our house. This then led me to be interested in building and hands on work. Then, in college, I was given the opportunity to perform research for a professor of mine. This then led to an internship in a foundry where I was able to do my own research. After these experiences, I found the manufacturing world to be complex and continuously advancing. The characteristics of the industry made me excited to learn more about it and the possibilities it presents.

What is your educational background?

Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering

What do you like most about your current position and work you are doing in manufacturing?

The thing I like the most about my current position in manufacturing is the variety of projects I am able to work on. I am able to visit our facilities and learn about their processes that occur on the shop floor and in the offices. It is very interesting to understand how a facility operates and help to make their operations more efficient by studying the work done.

What is the biggest thing that surprised you about manufacturing when you started working in the industry?

The biggest surprise for me was the scale at which the machinery operates. It is surreal to stand next to a piece of machinery that is able to produce large quantities of material that will be used to make everyday items.

What is your #1 piece of advice for young people to prepare for a successful future?

My #1 piece of advice is to always be willing and open to learning something new. By doing this, you will meet other people you work with, learn about a different side of the company and gain insight into a topic you otherwise might not know much about! It will also help you to learn efficient communication skills and how to work with different groups of people effectively.

Why should someone consider a career in manufacturing?

The manufacturing industry provides a wide range of opportunities. You are able to learn so much in different areas of manufacturing and be a part of an industry that is always evolving. Being a part of the manufacturing industry allows you to see how we impact everyday life in our society by producing items needed!

What is something you enjoy doing outside of work?

I enjoy playing soccer, skiing, running and taking my dog Maverick on walks. I also enjoy playing golf and spending time with my family.

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