Lindsey stays right on target at Cummins

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Lindsey Smith is still getting used to living in a town with two Walmarts. As a Texan turned Hoosier, she finds herself most at home in the great outdoors. Whether it's hiking, marching, practicing archery or making great leaps in engineering technology, Lindsey seeks excellence every day. 

The second oldest of four sisters, Lindsey grew up as one of the family's two tomboys -- she loved working outside, welding, playing in the yard and taking up various "farm hobbies." She attributes her interest in engineering to her outdoorsy upbringing. 


Taking her passion to the top

"Growing up spending so much time outside and working with my hands, I became curious about how things work," Lindsey said. "Even shooting a compound bow is very mechanically-driven and dependent on visual acuity. Given what I like to do," she continues,


Engineering gives me a field without limits -- there will always be a need for power and people who can figure out how things work.
 

While moving throughout Texas and growing up homeschooled, Lindsey excelled in archery from a young age, becoming nationally and internationally ranked as a member of Team USA. She practiced four to six hours each day and traveled across the country for competitions. 

"Through practicing archery, I learned how to be a better worker, and that shows through my work both at Cummins and in the National Guard," she says. 

When she got to college, Lindsey took a break from archery to focus on earning her mechanical engineering degree. According to Lindsey, you can only break your own records so many times before it gets old -- but the sport remains close to her heart. 

"Archery is different from other sports in that I can always come back to it," she says. "It's not limited by age -- if I want to go to the Olympics someday, I could always go back and still hold my own competitively, regardless of my age." 


Engineering a future of excellence

Lindsey grew up seeing her father excel in his career as a petroleum engineer, and she lived close to a manufacturing hub for Peterbilt, whose trucks largely run on Cummins engines. Growing up, engineering was all around her -- and she took to it like a natural. 

Throughout college at Texas Woman's University and the University of North Texas, Lindsey dedicated herself to her studies, getting ahead of the game with internships in production engineering, aviation and locomotives, and even a project with NASA, where she secured funding for her student team to work on a carbon-fiber rocket to be launched at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. 

Lindsey on site at CMEPSoon after, Lindsey learned more about Cummins at a conference for the Society of Women Engineers. She went to the Cummins booth, secured a phone interview right away, then quickly accepted an offer to join the Cummins manufacturing rotational program -- because Lindsey doesn't believe in just waiting around for things to happen. She made the first move, and then spent the next two years traveling across the country to work with different manufacturing engineering teams at Cummins. 


A community of inclusion in action

"Cummins provided me a great opportunity to get out of my small town and develop my own identity with my own experiences," Lindsey says. "Within three months of being in Columbus, I got to know people in town, made friends, and got involved in my new community. The people I work with quickly became like family to me.

With her new family of coworkers, Lindsey finds herself immersed in a number of different cultures and cuisines that one wouldn't typically expect to encounter working at a Midwestern technology manufacturing company -- but like Cummins, Lindsey is all about embracing the unfamiliar. 

"I absolutely love Indian food and culture," Lindsey said. "I studied abroad in India during college, so I have something to relate to with my Indian coworkers and friends," she says.
 

We're not just friends within the context of our jobs, we share our lives and families and cultures in so many ways. I know that no matter where I go, I'll always have family here to come home to.
 

Lindsey is always planning ahead and looking toward Lindsey with a helicopter at National Guard trainingthe future. Her next step is a six-month leave to attend military officer school with the National Guard at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. But after that, she'll be right back at Cummins in a new engineering role. 

"At this point in my career, it's not about what company I see myself working for next -- it's about where within Cummins I see myself going next. The career growth opportunities are infinite within our organization," she notes.

At Cummins, career changes aren't just permitted, they're expected. Every new employee is encouraged to take interest in a variety of roles and functions. After two or three years in a role, it's very common for employees to change jobs (or even functions) within the organization. 

She says, "Challenges are the norm here, but in a positive way," Lindsey said. "Growth is expected, and employees are encouraged to pursue excellence and progress in their career in their own ways. It's no coincidence that people move around a lot within the company -- Cummins hires the kind of people who want to grow and learn."

Constant improvement has been a recurring theme throughout Lindsey's life. Whether it's archery, training as a military officer, honing her engineering skills or dreaming of earning her pilot's license, you can be sure Lindsey's on her way to success -- full speed ahead. 


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Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employee storytelling, and employer branding. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. 

Lamaar Jones-Bey loves opportunities to make New Power better

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Lamar Jones-BeyHello, my name is Lamaar Jones-Bey! I'm a Production Engineering Specialist working in Columbus, Indiana, for the New Power Manufacturing team. 

How did you discover Cummins as a place to develop your career?

I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands, troubleshooting, creating new processes. I got my associate degree at Ivy Tech in Columbus, Indiana, and I’m currently working on my bachelor’s in engineering technology at Indiana State University. I have two brothers who work at Cummins, one as a Lead Engineer and the other as an Executive Director, so it has been on my radar for a while. I’ve always wanted to work in the automotive industry with engines, battery components and new technology, and I could see that Cummins offers a lot of opportunities to grow and self-improve.

I’m proud of where I’m currently at as a technician in my role, but I want to keep growing. My leadership team has done a great job of giving me new tasks and projects to help me build on my experience. My ideal role always changes, but I can see myself in an engineering leadership role at Cummins and New Power.

What we’re doing at Cummins is new ground for us, but it’s up to us to truly analyze the production and make it as simple as possible while still ensuring safety and high quality. We are creating processes that people will be able to use down the road for years to come. We’re like a stepping-stone for alternative energy. 
 

What is a key project you have worked on?

At the beginning of the pandemic, I worked on a New Power project for Blue-Bird Bus Company. Engineers designed vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, and my supervisor and I implemented it in a production setting. Basically, we created a process to flash software onto a VCU and created a process on how to get the kit for V2G to Blue Bird. We implemented a production process where Blue Bird was able to take what we flashed, the VCU, telematics (tracks vehicle location) and the logger, and use those components to track and update vehicle software anywhere in the world. We programmed three main components and sent them off to the assembly line to be bolted together into a kit that will be sent to Blue-Bird.
 

Lamaar working on-site at CEP
Lamaar working on-site at CEP

 

How would you describe your work style?

I love the freedom Cummins gives us to work in our own way, in our own style, so we can be the most productive. I’m detail-oriented, so I really like tasks and project lists. When I get line-called or sidetracked to handle an issue, having my project list helps me keep everything in order so I know what to do next. It’s nice to complete things from my list.

I enjoy troubleshooting and brainstorming with the team. I work with a testing team and we had to run a lot of tests charging and discharging the batteries to make sure temperatures were good. I enjoyed giving ideas on that project for what to fix or what next steps might be needed to ensure there were no faulty issues with the product. I love any opportunity to make a manufacturing or safety process better or more efficient. I don’t like to be stagnant, but always improving.
 

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Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employee storytelling, and employer branding. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. 

Teamwork makes New Power the perfect place for Amoldeep

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Hi, my name is Amoldeep Smagh. I'm a Quality Engineering Specialist working in Ontario, Canada for our New Power group, and I'm what you'd call a Cummins 'lifer.'

Take us through your career journey up to this point.

My first job was as a Quality Technician at Hydrogenics in 2013. In 2019, Hydrogenics was acquired by Cummins as part of the New Power business. It feels like I've been with Cummins my entire career. To me, Cummins is more like a family than a workplace. From day one, the managers were helpful and believed in my strengths which motivated and boosted me to grow as both an individual and a professional. Throughout my nine years, I moved up from Quality Technologist to Lead-Quality Assurance Technologist. In 2020, I was promoted to Quality Engineering Specialist. 

In my current role:Amoldeep in the lab

 

How did your love of engineering develop?

I grew up in a farming family. On the farm, I often found myself surrounded by machines, tools, and equipment which - due to lack of resources - my father and I would need to repair. Fixing things on the farm with my father established my interest and passion in the field of mechanics. 

After completing my higher secondary education, I moved to Canada in 2009 to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology in Automotive Manufacturing. I am now a Certified Enginnering Technology from the Ontario Association of Engineering Technologists (OACETT).

The best thing about engineering is that it's never repetitive. Every day is a new day with new challenges and time just really flies on the job. 

 

What inspires you about your work?

I love seeing things improve. That motivates me the most. I love the challenge of delivering a quality product in a limited timeframe. And I know that I've delivered a perfect project when a customer provides positive feedback. The positive feedback is always extremely encouraging.

Lastly, my team also inspires me daily. We rely on each other's strengths and expertise because we know that the best ideas come from teamwork. We start every morning with at team meeting - whether in-person or virtually - to communicate and prioritize our workday. We're an efficient team, but we don't encourage or believe in shortcuts. We must take things step by step, pay attention to detail, and continue to learn. You have to keep learning to keep growing.

 

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Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employee storytelling, and employer branding. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. 

Arnaud De Lhoneux finds motivation in clean technology

Hello! I’m Arnaud De Lhoneux, and I’m a New Power Installation and Commissioning Engineer (I&C) based in Oevel, Belgium. As an I&C engineer, it's my responsibility to know how to handle mechanical, electrical, process and software issues. The way all these disciplines interact together result in very exciting engineering challenges every day! 

What is it about your job that motivates you? 

My first motivation for what I do, which is also the reason why I applied to work for Cummins, is that I wanted to work on clean energy technology that will shape decarbonization across many different sectors. I’m truly passionate about the journey of the technological evolution that we’re living in. We’re in the middle of this transition between “one-of-a-kind” demonstration projects to product upscaling and standardization to address the massive market growth expectations.

My second motivation is the high diversity of problems to solve every day and striving every day to deliver the highest quality of products possible. Working on such new technology means I’m faced with a different situation each day. Whether I’m solving a mechanical, electrical or software issue, every day is an exciting engineering challenge!


Do you have a personal motto or advice you live by when it comes to your career?

Always do your best in every circumstance – it’s been the personal motto I’ve been trying to follow in whatever I do since I grew up. I know I’m not succeeding all the time, but I at least will do my best at all times. It’s about doing what you can to achieve the desired outcomes and learning from each experience.

This past year has especially shown me that giving my best, regardless of circumstances, can yield some amazing results. With all the travel restrictions imposed globally, making visits to customer sites was difficult, but it was necessary for me to travel to do my part on the operations team. I traveled to customer sites in Canada, New Zealand and Norway and had to quarantine in hotels for two weeks each time. The isolation wasn’t great, but I made the best of it. I used that time to prepare for my projects and adjust to each time zone. It also helped that I was isolating so I could work on major milestones for cleaner energy!


What project have you worked on that you're particularly proud of?

As of right now, my proudest accomplishment has been leading the commissioning on the Halcyon Power project. Earlier this year, I spent two months out in New Zealand working on this project, which involved Cummins’ 1.25MW PEM electrolyzer including a new type of Medium Voltage Power Container, a 350bar piston compressor and trailer filling station. It was a significant achievement for our team and a testament to our hard work.

Other key projects I worked on included in-house testing for a range of global projects, like an off-grid power project in Norway and the hydrogen refueling station in Antwerp. I also was involved in commissioning the world’s largest PEM electrolyzer in Bécancour, Quebec.
 

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Great change, constant comfort and familiarity - Anna enjoys it all at Cummins

Anna Neese
Anna Neese

From the farm to the financial world and college to career, Cummins has always been part of Anna Neese’s life as long as she can remember. “Cummins is headquartered in Indiana and I grew up on a farm in Indiana. So, we always had Cummins tractors, semis, pick-up trucks, what have you on the farm. So, I was very familiar with the Cummins name and that logo.”

Little did she know it then, but that name and logo recognition would turn out to be huge for Anna in her entire adult life starting in college. It all began at a career fair at Purdue University when she was an undergrad. She spotted that familiar red logo, and the rest is, as they say, history. Anna has been part of the Cummins family ever since. 

The logo is what really drew me in. I said to myself, okay, I know them, I will have something to talk about. So, I went over to the Cummins career booth and liked everything they had to say.

She liked it so much, that Anna followed up and went to a Cummins company info session next. She remembers leaving the session really excited and with a good feeling. 

“Everything I heard convinced me that this would be a great place to start my career. So, I applied for an internship, got accepted and had a really good experience with that. Obviously, because here it is eight and a half years later and I’m still with Cummins.”

As Anna tells it, she just wasn’t impressed by what she heard about the company – she was really taken by the Cummins Purdue college recruiting team as well. At Cummins, the college recruiting teams are made up of employees who volunteer their time from different career areas including marketing, finance, IT and beyond. Anna really appreciated this aspect and said it gave her great insight into the company and our culture. 

“I was interested in Finance, so it was great to interact with people in the trenches so to speak and learn what the day to day was like at Cummins from a financial perspective. In fact, one of the recruiters I met that day leads my finance committee now. We still get to work together all the time and I still consider her a mentor.”

Anna currently serves as a Planning, Forecasting and Reporting Controller – PFR for short, and it’s the fourth position she has held at Cummins. 

I’ve never had to wait for someone to quit or move on in order to move up. That’s one of my favorite things about Cummins. You can create your own career path.

All of her roles here have been in Finance, but Anna says they are all extremely different in nature. Over the years, she’s experienced everything from general ledger accounting to mergers and acquisitions. It’s this versatility and diversity that Anna says makes her even stronger in her current role. There’s also an added benefit that Anna wasn’t necessarily expecting but certainly enjoys.

Each new position feels like I’m starting a new job at a new company with all the excitement that goes with that. But I’m still at Cummins, so I have that stability, familiarity and all the great cultural aspects I’ve really come to enjoy. 

It’s truly the best of both worlds. There’s something else that feels very familiar to Anna – her continued connection with Purdue University. That’s because, like the people who came before her and were so instrumental in her ultimately choosing Cummins, Anna is now paying it forward as one of the leaders of the Purdue recruiting team.

“Honestly, that's the whole entire reason I do this as a volunteer on top of my normal day job,” Anna shares. “Because that's really why I came to Cummins – the Purdue recruiting team. There were several people who really mentored me through that process, and if I didn't have them, I might've made different decisions. As we go forward, I’m always aware of this and I continuously want my team and myself to be a great guiding force, making a difference for today’s students as well.”


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