People of Envalior: Mike Guetling

We recently sat down with Mike Guetling, senior technical service engineer for Envalior, to learn more about his role at Envalior and discuss the importance of continuing education.

1. Tell us a little bit about what you do at Envalior.

I have a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University and began my career in plastics in 1978. For the last 26 years of my career, I have been a technical service engineer for Envalior at the Evansville, Indiana, location.

I go out in the field and resolve issues customers are having with Envalior material solutions. I also work with customers on developing new programs, making recommendations on materials or molding, and possibly CAE and FEA work if perceived beneficial. I support all materials in the Envalior portfolio, along with injection molding, blow molding and extrusion technology.

In his spare time, Mike Guetling is an avid cyclist and enjoys hiking, fishing and spending time with his family.  

I also provide technical training to customers’ processing technicians and material handlers. These training programs are done at the customers facility, and custom designed around topics they want to learn about. I have many topics in my toolbox I can discuss. In most cases, they are designed to cover the basics for successful results.

2. What has been the best part of your role as senior technical service manager at Envalior?

The best part about working for Envalior is that I get to do what I have an interest in, resolving technical issues and supporting our customers. Envalior has always focused on my strengths and supported further development. I think all companies need to promote development programs at all levels.

3. Why do you think it’s important to take continuing education courses and/or seminars?

It’s important for anyone to continue learning and stay up to date about new technologies and advancements in materials sciences. If you don’t do that you become stagnant. You send a message that you don’t need further education or training. Through continuing my education, I not only benefit, but so do my customers. I have completed several seminars and secondary classes relating to topics in the material sciences and business management.

I work mostly with people on a production floor. At the end of the day I want those people to be able to figure out a problem. I put myself in a position where they get the credit for figuring out a problem. Many time’s I have two or three hours to troubleshoot a problem, so in that time frame I need to put my best foot forward and make people feel like I want them to succeed and solve a problem.

Think of continuing education as a win-win for you and your company, or customer.

4. What are some of the most memorable experiences you have had working at Envalior?

The people I have worked with have been great—they have been supportive of me and have a lot of confidence in me. I will always cherish that. Also, I have satisfaction from seeing programs that I’ve been involved in completed. For example, in 2010, we commercialized the Fuel Lock material and that was a big achievement. Also, Envalior asked me to get involved in suction-blow molding, and I worked with Russ Bloomfield, application development engineer, to commercialize suction blow molded air ducts for the automotive industry.

6. What advice would you give to a young person considering a career in the industry?  

My first suggestion to a person interested in the materials sciences field is to get with a company and find a mentor. I had three great mentors when I started in plastics. Those guys taught me a lot of what I know. Probably 60-70% of my knowledge was learned processing plastics. Envalior taught me about plastics from a molecular level, and the use of additive and reinforcers in plastics.

Also, students will need to take a two or four-year materials sciences program. Once they graduate they will need to continue educating themselves—you should never stop learning and need to stay up to date. Companies today want key technical people to understand materials sciences, scientific molding and the newest technologies and innovations. These companies are always looking for employees with the rights skills set.

To learn about another Person of Envalior: Paula Kruger, click here.

Candace Roulo

Global Manager of Messaging and Content Development

Published on

02 March 2020


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Candace Roulo

Global Manager of Messaging and Content Development

Candace Roulo is Global Manager of Messaging and Content Development for Envalior. Based in Troy, Michigan, she specializes in writing blogs and articles about advanced materials solutions. Prior to joining Envalior, Candace served in editorial roles at SME and Penton Media. Candace earned her bachelor’s degree in communication, specializing in public relations, at Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

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