Michael Downs – Trainer
Industry: Manufacturing – Plastics
Employer: Sekisui SPI
City Where You Work: Bloomsburg, PA
Please tell us about what do you do and how long you have been doing it.
I am a newly appointed Training Specialist, but before that, I was a plastic extruder operator. I had held that position for a year-and-a-half.
How did you get into your career in manufacturing?
I got into this career after I had moved into the area and started to look for potential places of employment. Sekisui came to me highly recommended.
How would you describe a typical day at work?
As an operator, a typical day at work could be taxing because of the mental and physical aspects of the job. It could also be facile when certain orders are processed that are easier to run. Even though I have not been in my current position very long, I would describe it as challenging and enjoyable.
What do you love most about what you do for your job?
When I operated, I loved trying to create the perfect product for our customer. As a trainer, I love being able to teach new hires the ins and outs of our company and what we stand for. I find joy in being able to pass on my knowledge of the job to those who are looking to start their own careers here so that they can use that as a stepping stone to succeed.