K-State graduation year: 2004
Degree: BS in Industrial Engineering; Minor in Business Administration
Current employer: General Mills, Inc.
Position: Operations and Logistics Manager / Continuous Improvement Leader
My high school math and science teachers encouraged me to pursue engineering as a major because math and science were my strengths. Upon deciding to attend K-State, I researched their various engineering programs to decide which field to pursue. I decided Industrial Engineering was the choice for me, since the focus is on optimizing people, processes, and systems.
- Institute of Industrial Engineers
- Engineering Ambassadors
Yes. I completed two summer internships in my field during my college career. I graduated in 4 1/2 years, so that last semester of school afforded me the opportunity for a second internship.
Both of my internships during college were working for General Mills. Internships are a great way to get your foot in the door and show the company your skills and work ethic. I spent a lot of time preparing my resume and interview skills for the All-University Career Fair, and it paid off because that’s how I got my first internship with General Mills. I received an offer for a second internship at the end of my first summer, and I then received a full-time job offer at the completion of my second internship.
No day is typical in the industrial manufacturing world. We lead teams of people, analyze data, and execute against action plans that are developed to improve our operation’s performance. We work on improvements to safety, quality, cost, customer service, inventory control, schedules, engineering projects, and employee relations.
There’s never a dull moment. It’s satisfying to be responsible for producing some of the best-known and loved food products in the world. I work for an excellent company with great people, salary, and benefits. I have earned opportunities to work in multiple locations across the country in many different roles.
That “never-a-dull-moment” quality is great at times, but it can also be stressful because of the constant changes and always something that needs improvement. Most manufacturing facilities operate 24/7 which can cause stress on work-life balance.
Do some research to ensure the manufacturing environment is right for you, plant tours are good to give a view into this line of work. Industrial engineers also work in many different fields, such as health care, supply chain management, logistics, and consulting, etc.