John Finnegan, Sr. Sales Director - East, Rittal North Amer
Kathy Lammert, Design Engineering Manager, Rittal North America, LLC
In recognition of Women’s History Month, Rittal recognizes our women in manufacturing. The following is our third installment of our “We are Rittal ” mini-series, based off our We are #RittalStrong, #RittalResilient, #RittalWomen campaign.
Kathy Lammert began her career working for Square D as an Application Engineer and a Senior Mechanical Engineer. In 2005, she started her career at Rittal as an NPI Engineer. Kathy has held multiple roles at Rittal over the past 14 years leading up to her current role as the Design Engineering Manager. She attended Ohio State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Kathy is a member of ASME and Phi Sigma Rho Alumna. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and tuning into all things Buckeye!
Question and Answers
Q: Do you think there is a stigma attached to the manufacturing industry that keeps women from entering it?
- I have not encountered any stigmas from women precluding them from entering the manufacturing industry. I had always seen myself working in manufacturing, and as I entered the workforce, many of the engineering opportunities were in this industry. Throughout my career, I have worked with many women in varying roles within the manufacturing industry.
Q: What unique qualities and perspectives do you think women bring to leadership? As it pertains to the manufacturing/industrial sector?
- Communication, flexibility, and a teamwork mindset are three key attributes essential for leadership. Effective women leaders are confident, adapt to change, and take purposeful actions.
Q: What is happening now in the industry that is inspiring you?
- The continued advancement of Smart Factories. It is exciting to see the transition from traditional automation to a fully connected and flexible system.
Q: Who was your mentor when you began developing your path in the company?
- Keith Stickley, who was the Design Engineering Manager at Rittal. He was a great mentor and supported my path. Keith willingly shared his knowledge and enthusiasm for engineering and was instrumental in guiding me with the steps and goals I needed for future advancement in my career.
Q: Can you provide some advice on what women should know about working in manufacturing?
- Be open to learning processes that are beyond the scope of your job description. Knowing all aspects of the business will make you an essential member of the team. Keep learning and improving, and trust your abilities.
Rittal would like to thank Kathy for taking the time to sit with us to gain insight into women in manufacturing. Check in next week!