Gen Z in Manufacturing: Interacting with Older Generations

A 23-year-old process improvement specialist discusses working for a marine metals fabricator.

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In the debut episode, I spoke to Seyi Oluwashina, a 25-year-old employee of Siemens who discussed what drew him to his company, the mindset of Gen Z-ers in manufacturing and how manufacturers can attract more young workers.

In this episode, I welcome Sevann Bignon, a 23-year-old process improvement specialist at DeAngelo Marine Exhaust in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Bignon admits joining a manufacturing firm was not on his radar as he studied management and business law at the University of Miami.

But after a college mentor told him about a manufacturer that was looking to build a culture that utilized process improvement strategies, Bignon found himself working for a marine metals fabricator, where he spends most of his time on the production floor trying to increase capacity and streamline the company’s process. 

According to Bignon, the majority of DeAngelo’s employees are 40 to 60 years old with the exception of a handful under 30, and he said it can be interesting seeing how the different generations interact.

If you are a member of Gen Z and would like to discuss your experience in the manufacturing industry, please contact Nolan Beilstein at [email protected].

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