Didier's passion for art and engineering power a career of innovation

Didier Leveille

How does a Haitian New Yorker come to work in Columbus, Indiana? It all started when Didier Leveille's friends wouldn't stop talking about Cummins. 

A culture that fits

In his first engineering job, Didier made some friends who went on to work for Cummins. It wasn't long before they started raving about their experiences. They talked about Cummins' career development resources, employee resource groups and exciting projects in sustainable power. 

"My friends finally got me to interview at Cummins, and the rest is history," he says. 

As soon as I started, I realized that this is the future of work. This is what a company is supposed to be like. I'm grateful my path led me here.

Didier was born in Haiti and immigrated to the U.S. with his family at two years old. The family settled in

Didier, his wife, and stepson
Didier with his wife and stepson

Queens, New York where Didier and his siblings spent their childhood in the city getting a quality education at the prestigious Queens Townsend Harris High School. Didier went on to earn his bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Temple University and a master's in engineering technology from Purdue University. 

A different kind of art

He also credits (and sometimes blames) his high school physics teacher for his initial interest in engineering. As a visual learner with an artist's eye, Didier always pictured himself working in art or architecture. But as he learned more about physics and engineering, he realized his creativity could be fulfilled by the visual and spatial skills that engineering demands. Using CAD and 3D modeling, Didier is a different kind of artist - one with metal as his medium.

"As a kid, I would take apart all of my toys and play with the motors and magnets more than the toy itself," he adds.

Art was always a big part of my life, and learning that I could combine that with my curiosity of how things work led me to the career I have now.

The jack of all trades

Didier is a product engineering technical advisor for New and Reconditioned Parts, the aftermarket division within Cummins' engineering sector. He was recently promoted to manager of the central product engineering team, a natural career progression after his manager changed roles. 

Unlike many engineering roles, Didier's work isn't specific to a single part, engine or system. He provides more of a shared service, supporting any business unit at Cummins with a project in need of his aftermarket expertise. From high horsepower to midrange, heavy to light duty, fuel systems, turbos and components, Didier and his team tackle a little bit of everything. 

Every day and every project can be a little different, and that's what keeps my work so exciting and interesting day in and day out. 

Didier and his team find and manage remanufacturing opportunities with existing parts and materials from Cummins products. This involves a number of innovative technological processes, including advanced 3D printing, laser deposition and additive manufacturing.

Currently, Didier is working on projects with the Cummins New Power team in Talent, Oregon for the reuse of batteries after their useful life of powering vehicles. As electrified power continues to increase in adoption, battery reuse and recycling has been a point of contention for the sustainability of this new form of cleaner power. Cummins' commitment to remanufacturing and reuse is just one way Cummins is building a more sustainable future of power. 

"Within one year, we can remanufacture enough hardware to create an aircraft carrier," Didier mentions. "These projects save material from being wasted or reprocessed from the Earth. It takes a lot fewer resources to remanufacture than to make new."

But it's not just the work that keeps Didier going - it's his team and the support of fellow employees that he looks forward to most every day.

The power of people

"When I first moved to Indy and started working in Columbus, the transition was hard," he says. "I didn't have any friends in the area when I first moved out here, but that changed quickly by getting to know people at work and joining different employee resource groups where I felt like I really belonged."

At Cummins, a commitment to inclusion doesn't stop at a mission statement. He says, "What sets Cummins apart is that they want what's best for you, for everyone.

Cummins supports diversity and it's not just a poster or training session - it's woven into the fabric of the culture here. A lot of underrepresented people need that support system to have real success.

While some companies think diversity is just a box to check with target goals, Cummins believes that inclusion has to be an integral part of our company culture in order to truly build a workplace where all feel welcome.

"I heard in a meeting once that diversity is inviting everyone to the party, but inclusion is asking them to dance." Didier says. "After having perspective from working at other companies, it's obvious that Cummins goes the extra mile to support every employee."

Didier learning to cook in Zanzibar
Didier taking a cooking lesson while traveling to Zanzibar (pre-COVID)

Part of that work involves ensuring work-life integration for employees. Our team works best when they have space to be themselves. For Didier, that means keeping up with his many hobbies: working out, investing in the stock market, gardening, traveling - he even has a motorcycle buried in his garage somewhere. In addition to all of that, Didier is also developing an educational app for smartphones to help kids learn to spell and read. 

"My stepson, like many kids, always wants to play on the phone," Didier says. "School is hard work for him and a lot of kids deal with distractions in the classroom. I realized there's an opportunity here to make learning more fun and easier by gamifying the experience on a platform kids already gravitate toward."

Who knows? Maybe Didier's upcoming educational app will empower the next generation of diversity-minded, artistically-inclined, toy-deconstructing engineers. 

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Lauren Cole

Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employer branding, and digital media. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. She currently resides in Maine with her husband and three dogs. 

Interested in technology and mechanics? Consider a technical career in this industry.

Interested in technology and mechanics? Consider a technical career in this industry.

If you are interested in technology and mechanics, a career within the oil and gas sector could be the right fit for you. 

Technical careers within the oil & gas sector offer on-the-job education, good compensation and more importantly, a fulfilling experience while working on various mechanical and electronic equipment, including several engine technologies. 

Why the focus on engine technologies? 

Building and operating a well site typically takes more than 100 engines to be present at different times. It all starts with the site preparation where dirt is moved, and the site is prepped to construct a well pad. At this early stage, engines power machinery ranging from earth moving equipment and cranes, to various sized trucks. The second step is drilling down to start the well; a typical drilling rig has many engines on it. Once the drilling is completed, frac rigs, powered by large engines, come to the site to service the well. Finally, once the pressure pumping is done, the well is ready to produce hydrocarbons for many years to come. 

Let’s look closer at how a diverse set of engine applications bring a well site to life. 

Engines that power various oil and gas equipment

Large equipment including frac rigs, cementers, blenders, compressors, and drilling power modules are working throughout drilling sites; and drilling sites are great for anyone enthusiastic about mechanics and electronics. 

Engines power various oil & gas equipment at a well site
Engines power various oil & gas equipment at a well site

Early on in a drilling site, you would see drilling power modules, often powered by high horsepower engines such as a Cummins QSK50, creating the well and the borehole. Then pumps, powered with smaller engines such as the Cummins QSL9, are used to seal the spaces between casing and borehole walls. Then comes the frac rigs with the power and equipment necessary to pump the water and additives that crack the rocks where hydrocarbons are captured. Often a set of twelve or more of these equipment work together at each wellhead. These pumps are powered by engines as large and heavy as passenger cars, such as the Cummins QSK60. These engines are powerful enough to create enough pressure to crack the rocks that are more than a mile beneath the ground. 

Once you add the other drilling equipment including hydration units, blenders and various pumps, you have engines ranging from less than 100 horsepower up to 3,000 horsepower.

Engines that power vehicles

A drilling site features many vehicles ranging from smaller pick-up trucks to class 8 heavy-duty trucks. Pick-up trucks, often powered by a Cummins 6.7L engine, are used to haul small mobile equipment, and for transportation. Larger class 8 heavy-duty trucks haul the pressure pumps from one well site to another as needed. About one third of these trucks depend on Cummins engines, often a Cummins L9 up to the X15 engines.

The oil and gas sector offers a diverse set of technical career opportunities, and familiarity with engine technologies comes handy if you are interested in a future in the sector. Today’s modern engines are engineering marvels; thanks to a combination of advancements in fuel systems and emission reduction technologies. Ensure you stay up to date with the latest in engine and power technologies. 

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Aytek Yuksel

Aytek Yuksel is the Content Marketing Leader for Cummins Inc., with a focus on Power Systems markets. Aytek joined the Company in 2008. Since then, he has worked in several marketing roles and now brings you the learnings from our key markets ranging from industrial to residential markets. Aytek lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and two kids.

Brett balances a passion for design while balancing budgets at Cummins

The left brain/right brain theory says that most people use one side of their brain slightly more than the other. Left-brained individuals are known to be analytical and methodical, and right-brained people tend to be creative and artistic.

Luckily for Cummins, finance associate Brett Mehringer brings a little of both sides to everything he does.

Growing up on a farm in Bedford, Indiana, Brett has always felt at home in the great outdoors — but he found his calling in the great indoors, too. With his side hustle of freelance interior design, Brett explores his creativity by helping friends and family make their spaces feel like home.

One of Brett's favorite designs - his living room
One of Brett's favorite designs - his living room

“Even as a kid on the farm, I painted my room a thousand times,” Brett said. “I was always painting furniture and finding new stuff for our home. The first thing I ever painted was my mom’s dresser as a kid, and from

there I was hooked.”

Interior design is a chance for Brett to flex both his right-brain and left-brain talents to produce beautiful and functional spaces.

“As a mathematical, analytical person, I really enjoy the design theory and the technique behind interior design, in addition to the creativity,” Brett said. “It’s a huge de-stressor for me when I can design and paint.”

And while at work he’s responsible for tracking and maintaining finances, he can sometimes throw budgets to the wind when exploring a new space’s potential.

“I’m usually thinking ‘What can I do with this space?’ and my husband is usually thinking ‘What’s that gonna cost me?!’” Brett said.

Brett began his professional career working in logistics close to home in Bloomington, Indiana, later moving for a job in Kentucky where he met his husband. They moved to Indiana together in 2017 when Brett first joined Cummins as a senior material planner.

“My grandpa had worked at Cummins years ago, so that’s where I first heard about the company. I knew Cummins would offer a good career path with opportunities to earn a competitive salary and move up in the industry.”

After working almost two years in material planning, Brett made a major career change when he joined the communications team as a finance associate. His interest in finance came as a bit of a surprise to him. Coming from the fast pace and high intensity of a logistics role, he found himself enjoying the slower pace and meticulous work of finance, effectively engaging his left-brain skills within a department of right-brained communicators.

I never thought I’d be interested in finance, and I’m so grateful that mobility is encouraged at Cummins. You’re not put in a box based on your role, and your managers and mentors encourage you to take risks. Without that flexibility, I would have never found this role that I’m thriving in.

Beyond his work in finance, Brett is an active member of the LGBTQ Employee Resource Group at Cummins, which is just one of the many resource groups that offer support for employees through events, training and mentorship.

I knew that Cummins was a big supporter of diversity and inclusion. Whether it’s the LGBTQ community, women’s empowerment, the black community and more — that inclusion and support has always been important to me.

Brett and his bike in IndianapolisRaised working on the farm and attending Christian school, Brett is a man who is firm in his values — the greatest of which are respect and kindness for everyone. He attributes his values today to the lessons taught to him by his parents.

“My parents love all people,” Brett said. “They love giving to others and they showed me the fundamentals of kindness. They were constantly instilling in us that kindness is everything. They taught us the rights and the wrongs, and I live by those standards still today.”

You’ll see evidence of this after spending just a few minutes with Brett. In true Midwestern fashion, he’s the first to say hello and strike up a conversation with just about anybody. Brett values the joy of human connection in his personal life and at work.

I’ve always loved how welcomed and comfortable I feel going to work. It’s a great feeling knowing that I don’t have to pretend to be a certain way. It feels like home, and I know it’s a safe place for me.

At Cummins, we take diversity and inclusion beyond buzzwords and quotas. We believe everyone deserves a seat at the table, and everyone’s voice should be heard. Diverse perspectives and experiences lay the foundation for innovation.

“Cummins isn’t what you may expect from an engine manufacturer in the Midwest,” Brett said. “It’s not all one mindset, one race or one lifestyle. All the different people around me have amazing talent that comes from their different experiences and backgrounds. When I walk into a room, not everyone looks like me — and that’s really refreshing.”


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Lauren Cole

Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employer branding, and digital media. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. She currently resides in Maine with her husband and three dogs. 

Chelsea develops skills to become an industry expert in New Power

Chelsea Yuan

“I am up for the challenge” is a phrase you'll hear on a day-to-day basis from Product Marketing Manager Chelsea Yuan, who throughout her 11 years at Cummins, has always been on the look-out for new problems to solve. Joining the New Power team at its Beijing, China-based facility in 2020, she sought out her latest mission: to build awareness and lay the foundation for the zero-emission technology market in China.

My most recent role as the product marketing manager for New Power’s China-based markets presents another exciting opportunity for me: placing my focus on the hydrogen market and Cummins fuel cell and hydrogen products. China and the global hydrogen industry are rapidly growing, and there are a lot of new opportunities every day.

With the news that Cummins fuel cells will power buses at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Zhangjiakou, China and plans for a new hydrogen and fuel cell lab in the region, Cummins New Power continues to strengthen its presence in China. Chelsea’s role is crucial in building awareness of our technologies. Serving as a product marketing manager in Beijing, Chelsea is responsible for a range of marketing tasks, from building vital communication plans and analyzing marketing data in the hydrogen and fuel cell space, to forming relationships with key industry associations. Chelsea is always keen to optimize promotional opportunities for New Power. “I am always looking for new ways that we can demonstrate our products, whether that be through speeches at industry conferences, product displays at exhibitions or even online. These are all powerful marketing tools that I utilize daily.”

From industry stranger to industry expert

When starting a role in New Power, passion and dedication to learning are vital and that's exactly what Chelsea has shown. Although at first unfamiliar with the alternative power market and technology, she set a goal for herself to change from an industry stranger to an industry expert using the power of networking. “I spent my first three months focused on learning through building relationships with industry associations, joining external meetings, attending exhibitions and connecting with market insiders. I am a part of a group chat on WeChat made up of industry experts from all over China, and we post the latest news and communicate regularly. Not only do I know them because of my work, but they’ve become friends.”

Chelsea is keen to continue learning and is determined to maximize all opportunities that come her way.

I believe opportunities often exist where you would least expect. Some people may not see them or understand them. Only a few people grasp the opportunity and achieve success, and my aim is to become one of those people.

Keeping busy during quarantine

2020 has been a year like no other; many people were confined to their homes and finding motivation was a challenge for most. However, Chelsea took full advantage of this time, taking it upon herself to create a marketing tool for her team. “I used my time in lockdown to create a marketing dashboard for our team. I collected and analyzed hydrogen and fuel cell market data, looking at fuel cell vehicle sales over the past three years, government policies as well as data from our competitors.” Supporting the team is always Chelsea’s number one priority. “The data in the dashboard helped the team to understand the full picture of the market; each person in the team can now use the data for their own requirements.”

Connecting with teams globally

ChelseaCollaboration across global teams is a key component to New Power’s success, and Chelsea doesn't let the difference in time-zones stop her from communicating with her colleagues across the pond. Chelsea adapts her day to make sure she can attend vital meetings with various New Power teams across the world. “Because of the time zones, it means that myself and the team in the United States are not usually online at the same time, so when needed, I adapt my working hours so I can attend meetings with my colleagues in the U.S. and other parts of the world.” With the New Power team in China still evolving, Chelsea sees this as a vital ingredient to the team’s success, “Because the New Power team in China is new, we're learning best practices from global team members, which we can then transfer and use in our team.”

New Power China is such a warm and energetic team; everyone is working hard towards one target. We are one big family, and everyone has their own unique gift that they bring to the team.

Chelsea is highly organized with her work, but outside of work, she seeks travel adventures, “I enjoy travelling, I don’t set a fixed itinerary for my trips, I just set off and see where I end up, it's the unexpected surprises during the trip which I love.”

As New Power continues to expand its capabilities in China, Chelsea will be on the lookout for new opportunities to help Cummins technologies and presence continue to grow in the region. 


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Lauren Cole

Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employer branding, and digital media. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. She currently resides in Maine with her husband and three dogs. 

Angelica builds connections to support diversity in STEM

Angelica Cortez Vega always knew she wanted to work in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). She dreamed of being a math teacher, managing the business side of STEM or even becoming an astronaut.

“It turns out that there are actually height requirements to be an astronaut,” Angelica said. “That ruled out that career choice for me, so I began to explore other career options — all on Earth.”

Earthly aspirations

Angelica grew up in northeast Mexico near the U.S. border. She later attended the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Angelica became interested in physics during her time in college, and she started her career in engineering at General Electric in Mexico before starting at Cummins after graduation.

As part of Cummins’ rotational program for young professionals, Angelica spent time working in Charleston, SC, Rocky Mount, NC, and Columbus, IN as a test engineer before transitioning to her current role as a field test engineer.

“The typical day in the office and in the field are very different,” Angelica said. “When I travel, we have a plan of action and are focused on executing it. In the office, we adjust to what the line is working on and meet needs in the moment. It’s always changing and requires a lot of different adaptable skills.”

Collaboration meets imagination

Angelica in the officeAngelica and her team work on a number of different projects, including new processes for manufacturing and testing products. As electrified power requires a major shift from the engineering of internal combustion engines, the team works together to learn and problem solve. 

“In my role, you need a mix of people skills and engineering skills,” Angelica said. “It’s not all about the engineering — you have to work with other people to get things done.”

Angelica has always enjoyed the personal aspect of connecting with coworkers and peers in her field. She first found Cummins through a Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) conference where Cummins led several workshops that piqued her interest in the company.

“One of the things that impacted me was how diverse, dynamic and open the Cummins people were,” Angelica said. “They showed a passion for developing leaders and the culture for me just acted like a magnet.” 

When Angelica first came to Cummins, she wanted to experience a variety of technical projects while also developing the people skills needed to take on a leadership role in the future. “At some point, I would love to move into the executive level and work on the bigger-picture projects,” Angelica said.

Empowering Hispanic engineers across the country

In her personal time, Angelica is actively involved in the community. She serves as the Corporate Relationship Chair for the Indiana chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. In this role, she works to showcase the value of hiring Hispanic engineers and their impact in the community. Angelica helps sustain the chapter by recruiting sponsors to donate funds or time to the organization in order to keep supporting the development of Hispanic engineers.

Cummins supports involvement in employee resource groups for every segment of our workforce. There are groups for black employees, young professionals, LGBT employees and dozens more.

“The resource groups help a lot in terms of organizing and supporting us together,” Angelica said. “We have workshops to learn new things and the company is passionate about spreading awareness of important issues, and also celebrating the milestones that are important to the diverse workforce. Whether it’s Black History Month or Venezuelan Independence Day, Cummins acknowledges and supports our celebrations.”

At Cummins, we encourage self-reflection as a tool for personal and professional growth. Every six months, supervisors check in with employees to see how they’re doing at work and in life and develop plans for the future.

“With consistent check-ins, you have a lot of power to steer your career in the direction you want to take it,” Angelica said. “Managers care about you as a person too. Personal development isn’t just an option, it’s an expectation.”

Between career coaching, mentorship, workshops, training and structured feedback, Cummins is committed to strengthening all employees and supporting career development in every way. Employees are encouraged to identify the gaps in their skillset and improve those gaps until they become strengths.

“Cummins’ values of employee development aren’t just corporate lingo for marketing purposes,” Angelica said. “These values actually exist within everything the company does. You are given such a massive amount of resources to develop yourself. The possibilities are truly endless.


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Lauren Cole

Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employer branding, and digital media. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. She currently resides in Maine with her husband and three dogs. 

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