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What It Takes to Be an Engineer at KEMET 

What It Takes to Be an Engineer at KEMET

By Per Loof, June 23, 2016

One of my favorite things about KEMET is the opportunity to work with some of the world’s greatest and most talented engineers. With over 500 engineers at KEMET, I am fortunate to be able to participate in discussions that are at the forefront of the development of new products used in a range of industries. It is truly fascinating to see how focused KEMET’s engineers are on technology, how to advance it and take it to new levels. At any given time, we have dozens of development projects that are leading the innovation on the world’s most advanced electrical solutions. Our engineers’ ingenuity has driven thousands of new products, processes and platform releases. As a result of their deep understanding of customer applications and a wide range of technologies, our engineers provide a significant advantage over our competition.

But what does it take to be an engineer at KEMET? Why and how do people make that initial step and choose such a challenging career? In my conversations with our engineers, it is interesting to learn that at a young age most wanted to find out how things worked, such as: how planes fly, how a ship floats, how computers are programmed, how energy is harnessed from the wind and sun. Often, it was a family member who inspired them, or a teacher; it possibly may have been a book they read, a superhero from a comic book or a film they saw. However, I believe that the main driving force behind making such a decision is an innate curiosity for how things work and a desire to make the world a better place. These are people who understand the value and possess the zeal to design, develop and produce the latest innovations in electronic components. At KEMET, our engineers realize the importance of making things operate at optimum efficiency, solve problems, change lives and even change the world, one small design and project at a time.

It’s not only the curious that make excellent engineers at KEMET, it’s also those who are not satisfied with the status quo. That is what we look for in an engineer. The ones who love to solve problems and believe that there has to be another approach, a better way. KEMET engineers need to have the ability to innovate, and to think…the unthinkable. Only through this level of commitment to innovate, break new ground and push boundaries have we seen some of the greatest technological breakthroughs. The rapidly accelerating pace of technology has been driven by engineers who refuse to follow and are determined to lead.

While the engineering field is mostly male-dominated, this is changing and for the better. It was wonderful to see a social media movement last year with women posting photos with #ilooklikeanengineer in an effort to challenge gender stereotypes. I am proud to say that at KEMET, we have a large percentage of engineers that are women and the number is growing.

Engineers are essential, invaluable and deserve our respect and admiration. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to experience a fraction of what we do and we wouldn’t be able to enjoy our lives half as much. I am delighted every time another engineer joins the worldwide community. I hope every engineer wears their title with pride. If you think you have what it takes to be a KEMET engineer, please learn more about working with us.