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Happy Engineer's Week! We sat down with Kevin Mann, one of Holland's Mechanical Design Engineers to learn a little more about him and the work he does for Holland. Kevin works within our Research and Development team to help develop new products and services to provide for our partners and customers. 

What did you originally want to be when you grew up?

A baseball player. Go White Sox!

Where did you go to college and what led you there?

I graduated from Iowa State University in the fall of 2014. I chose my adventure at ISU for its top-notch engineering program, to tailgate BIG12 football games and because “Cyclone” by Baby Bash and T-Pain was top of the charts.

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What was your major / why did you choose engineering?

By Freshman year I knew I wanted to be a Mechanical Engineer. I was introduced to drafting at an early age and continued to take CAD courses over the years. When it was time to choose my degree, I just asked how I could keep designing.

What led you to Holland?

I was moving from Kansas City to Chicago and Holland recruiters found me online.

What are some of your usual day to day job duties?

I started out in the Value Engineering Group. I was part of an engineering team that consisted of 3 mechanical engineers and an electrical engineer. Our team focused on safety and productivity improvements. I typically spent my day brainstorming concepts, performing design calculations, or creating drawings.

Recently I have transitioned to the Research and Development team focusing on new rail car products. This has allowed me to work in more of a project manager role. I coordinate a team of other engineers, marketing and sales professionals.

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What is one of your favorite things about working in the rail industry?

Trains are everywhere! From freight trains that carry supplies and goods across the country to passenger trains that help people get to where they need to go.


What’s one thing you wish someone working in the engineering field would have told you when you were going to school?

Keep all your notes. You never know what information might become useful further down the road. Keep well-organized notes and you'll save yourself a lot of time and effort. Engineering can be frustrating and make you want to pull your hair out but hang in there, it's all worth it.

What is one of your favorite things about working at Holland?

I like that I get to be creative when problem solving and that I have a team to bounce my ideas off.

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Thanks for letting us get to know you a little better, Kevin! Happy Engineers Week!