EVS Metal is pleased to publish another installation in our series of spotlight articles highlighting employees and their departments. We hope these help illustrate EVS’ capabilities as a manufacturer and sheet metal fabricator, and the value our people bring to the table each and every day.
This week, we’re speaking with Mike, an award-winning welder from EVS Texas.
Q&A with Mike, Lead Welder, EVS Metal TX
EVS: How long have you been with EVS, and how long have you worked in metal fab overall?
Mike: I have been with EVS since April 1st, 2013, so 6 going on 7 years and have been the lead welder for over 4 years. I have been in the fabrication industry for over 12 years. I have worked at 3 different shops, and have owned my own welding business for a couple of years. Now, I have a small shop at home where I weld some crazy sculptures and do repair work on some interesting cars, motorcycles and whatever else comes my way.
EVS Metal: How did you become interested in a career in the metal fabrication industry?
Mike: That is a good question. About 14 years ago, I made some poor choices that could have seriously limited my career opportunities. However, I ended up getting a job at a little welding shop in Elgin, Texas. I was instantly intrigued by the whole fabrication process and the idea of building things. I quickly began learning how to build custom gates, entrances, handrails, and whatever else came into the shop.
EVS: Describe your career trajectory — how did you start, any specific education/training/experience, what different positions have you held etc.?
Mike: My career has taken some twists and turns over the years. I have been an orbital welder (worst job ever), tire salesman, technical writer, bartender, car salesman, finance & insurance specialist, and welder. Looking at it as a whole all of those different jobs have given me a well-rounded skill set.
EVS: What do you like most about your job?
Mike: Hmmmm…. I love working on the new jobs that come in and figuring out the weld sequence, and then training someone to weld them. Training new welders is awesome too. Seeing them learn, develop their craft, and take on new jobs is incredible. I also like interacting with the customers that come through the welding department. Some of our newer customers have taken an interest in working with the weld department on developing their parts, which makes the job a bit more interesting.
EVS Metal is an American precision metal fabricator headquartered in Riverdale, NJ. Our machinists and operators utilize the latest technology to cut, bend and finish stand-alone items as well as parts for integration or assembly into more complex products. EVS Metal’s four ISO 9001:2015-certified locations comprise over 250,000 square feet of vertically-integrated manufacturing space and feature the most modern equipment available, from lasers and CNC machining centers to automated powder coating lines.
We serve a diverse customer base across North America, providing a range of services from ITAR-compliant, quick-turn prototypes to high-volume production runs. Request a personalized metal fabrication quote online or call 1-888-9EVSMET to speak with a specialist today.