Interview with Eric Simms, Team Leader at Van Buren | Constellium
What do you like most about working for Constellium?
Before coming to Constellium, I have never worked for a company that pushed me beyond what I thought were my own limits. I enjoy the career opportunities that Constellium has offered me and look forward to contributing further, such as one day becoming a member of the management team as a Supervisor.
What inspires you about working in Manufacturing?
A Team Leader is a coach. I challenge my team to achieve high production volumes, tight quality tolerances and always help to prepare them for the next step on their own career path. Being mechanically inclined, I also enjoy the hands-on experience of troubleshooting machines and processes with cross-functional teams. I love the sense of urgency and excitement the manufacturing environment provides.
What skills or past experiences do you think helped you become who you are at Constellium?
Growing up in the Motor City, I was fortunate to visit many plants where my family members worked. My ability to sketch out ideas to facilitate problem solving with my team, I owe to my father, Todd, who has had a long career in manufacturing. The leader in me was made possible by my loving wife, who has blessed us with three beautiful children.
In their third annual contest, employees in Van Buren (Michigan, U.S.) made incredible works of art using scrap aluminium. They presented their artwork to a panel of judges. This year’s entries included a train, a teddy bear, a totem pole, a robot arm, a dragonfly and much more.
Our team leader, Eric Simms, won 1st prize with its “Protect the rice bowl” (see picture).
To know more about this annual art contest, visit our Facebook page.