Name: Mitch Hemgesberg
Position: Project Engineer II
Date of Hire: 11/16/2018
Favorite Story / Memory during Time Working at Team 1:
Hemgesberg first met Team 1 Plastic’s CEO Craig Carrel and Engineering Manager Dave Seedorf at a job fair at Ferris State University in 2017. The pair were recruiting for summer internships at their automotive plastics manufacturing facility, located in Albion, Michigan. Being the company at the job fair which was closest geographically to his hometown of Chesaning, Michigan, Hemgesberg thought it would be a good prospect to check out.
“I do remember how friendly and welcoming everyone was during my initial internship in the summer of 2017. That was the main reason for accepting a position at Team 1 later on,” Hemgesberg recounts. He also liked the small-town vibes in Albion.
It went so well that the young man did a second internship with Team 1 in summer 2018 – working with Chris Siedel in Process Engineering and also in the Maintenance division “just to get the feel of everything I would be doing if I had a job there.”. As soon as he completed work on his Bachelors of Plastics Engineering Technology degree that December, Hemgesberg was offered a permanent job with Process Engineering.
“I was definitely a lot less confident before I had this position!” he recalls.
How has Team 1 helped your Personal and/or Professional Development?
“Team 1 has helped me develop all of my professional skills including my plastic processing skills and my communication skills. I learned a lot theoretically at school, But I feel like most of my skills came from actually working during my internships. It seemed like I learned a lot.”
Hemgesberg ended up working from home for four weeks during the 2020 COVID-19 shut-down. “I think the team handled it pretty well, but it was definitely harder to communicate with those at home. But we got the hang of it for the most part and adapted. We are no strangers to that,” he said, referencing the strategic changes Team 1 had to implement following the industry-wide devastation of the 2011 Japanese tsunami.
Favorite Aspect of Working at Team 1:
“I work more on the technical side…getting the mold, making sure the end-of-arm tools for the robotic arm are built, and communicating with the customer any concerns we might have. My part is to make sure everybody’s in the loop. And I really like the teamwork: everyone wants us to succeed as a company and everyone is very friendly.”
What do you want to share about your life outside of Team 1?
Hemgesberg didn’t take up the guitar until his senior year of high school, but his love of music has become a big part of his life. Unusual for his generation, folk music is his favorite genre.
When travel is once again on the table post-pandemic, he would love to visit Germany – the roots of his last name – and also Japan. “I’m very interested in the artistic culture of both of those countries.”
Piece of Advice and/or Encouragement for Future Team 1 Team Members:
“There will be some harder days, but they will pass. Just give it your best effort and push forward,” Hemgesberg promises.
Random Question: If you could time travel to anywhere, when and where would it be, and why?
“I’d like to be able to visit 100 years in the future, just to see how much everything here has changed. Have we managed to figure out the energy crisis???”