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 again speaking with Mike, an award-winning welder from EVS Texas.
Q&A with Mike, Lead Welder, EVS Metal TX
EVS Metal: What does a typical day at EVS look like for you?
Mike: A typical day will start with checking on the new welders and how they are doing on their assigned jobs, checking to see what jobs are ready for weld, assigning jobs, repairing parts that have come back from other departments, chasing down parts for jobs, talking with engineers about new parts, estimating weld times and weld difficulty on new jobs for Bob (V.P. of Manufacturing), talking to our production manager, John, about workflow and what is needed by our customers, training new welders, ordering gases and consumables, and doing a bit of welding myself.
EVS: How would you describe EVS’ company culture?
Mike: A big family with laid back, supportive parents. We are allowed to lot of freedom at EVS as long as we produce quality parts on time and efficiently. Bob (V.P.) has an open-door policy which is great. It allows each employee to voice his or her concerns. As for me, they have been super supportive of my artwork, sculpture competitions and of me pursuing my degree over the past couple of years.
EVS: What do you look for in co-workers?
Mike: I look for people who remain teachable. That idea was instilled in me by the man who taught me how to TIG weld and I try to instill it in my crew. It doesn’t matter if you are the best welder in Texas, if you aren’t teachable, we don’t want you. It sounds harsh, but we would rather have a “good” welder who wants to learn, than a great welder who knows it all. Eventually, that “good” welder will be a great EVS welder, because he or she will learn the process it takes to weld some of the very complex parts we build, which have taken the company years to perfect.
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.
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