JEREMY DIEBEL

SR. MANAGER MACHINING TNAM, AIKEN APPRENTICE COORDINATOR, MTU AMERICA


Catching up with Jeremy after IMTS 2016

December 2016

Jeremy Diebel, Senior Manager Machining and Apprentice Coordinator at MTU America, hit the floor running at IMTS 2016.

“Once again, I didn’t have enough time,” Jeremy said. “I really need to push for three days at the show.”

During his two-day visit, Jeremy traversed the show floor, catching up with contacts in person and engaging in portions of the show that were new to him. He explained that attending the biannual show is a priority.

“Skipping a show would mean I’m not fostering my business relationships,” he said. “It’s important to invest in ongoing relationships to get the most out of them.”
Jeremy mugging for the camera in the walkway to the West Building.
Jeremy mugging for the camera in the walkway to the West Building.

MTU America’s group at IMTS 2016 included a first-time attendee, Darrell Miller, an industrial engineer. Darrell spent a significant amount of his time chatting specifics with like-minded engineers also attending IMTS. Jeremy saw the value in having an industrial engineer gain knowledge and enthusiasm from the experience.

Before they headed to Chicago, Jeremy made an effort to prepare Darrell for the scope of IMTS. “The IMTS mobile app helped a lot,” Jeremy said, “But seeing the show is believing it.”

Beyond taking advantage of the networking opportunities IMTS offers, Jeremy and his team found the building blocks for MTU America’s capital improvement projects. Jeremy said, “The show was bigger and better than ever, which made solutions that work for us easier to find.”

As an apprentice coordinator, Jeremy was impressed by the IMTS Smartforce Student Summit. “As soon as I got home, I reached out to the local public schools and chamber of commerce,” Jeremy said. “I want to get the financial assistance to make student involvement possible for IMTS 2018.”

As the clock resets and the next IMTS begins to approach, there is no doubt Jeremy will have to add at least one more day—if not two—to his time in Chicago as he continues to make the most of all IMTS offers.


Gearing up for IMTS 2016

April 2016

Reared within the engine of Detroit manufacturing, Jeremy Diebel brought his skills to MTU America five years ago when the German diesel engine manufacturer opened a plant in Aiken, South Carolina. As Senior Manager Machining and Aiken Apprentice Coordinator, Jeremy’s passion for manufacturing has empowered him to make the most out of every opportunity.

The son of a Detroit auto industry worker, Jeremy spent 15 years following in his father’s footsteps. As the industry suffered and employment became tenuous, Jeremy returned to school to complete a college degree. Now, his institutional knowledge of the industry, combined with his enthusiasm for what is on the horizon, allows Jeremy to whole-heartedly champion manufacturing for the next generation.

“Millennials bring new skills to the industry,” Jeremy says. “Their aptitude for video games and constantly changing technology helps with their problem solving, creativity and communication.”

A tombstone fixture was just one of many purchases that resulted directly from attending IMTS 2014.
A tombstone fixture was just one of many purchases that resulted directly from attending IMTS 2014.

In the same breath, Jeremy is quick to point out that even with the rapidly advancing technology, there is still a strong need for skilled individuals—as opposed to machines—to be part of the manufacturing process. “Craftsmanship is essential to manufacturing. I feel that the human touch will be of even greater importance as technology continues to advance,” Jeremy says.

It was that passion for “what’s next” that brought Jeremy to IMTS in 2014.

This company empowers every employee to bring new ideas they learn at shows like IMTS back to Aiken and share them with other departments as well as share them with our other locations around the world.

When I got there, I was just blown away. Anybody who has anything to do with manufacturing is at IMTS.

The time Jeremy and his team spent on the trade show floor was especially important, since scoring face-to-face time with suppliers is challenging. “There are not a lot of suppliers in the Aiken, South Carolina area. When I’m looking for a solution, I have to go find it, and IMTS brought all these solutions to one location for me,” Jeremy points out.

As a result of the time invested at the show, MTU America was able to make significant tooling purchases and address a handful of reoccurring problems on the shop floor. Jeremy says, “At MTU we are constantly looking for best practices and tools that support our team members, the engines we build and also the environment. We pride ourselves on being a learning organization and incorporating the newest technologies into our processes.”

This company empowers every employee to bring new ideas they learn at shows like IMTS back to Aiken and share them with other departments as well as share them with our other locations around the world.

For 2016, this Rolls-Royce Power Systems company is revved to get more specific, narrowing focus on a few particular problems to solve. “In 2014, I didn’t have enough time to get through the whole show,” Jeremy notes. “But I will definitely be spending some time in the North Building, looking for creative solutions for material handling.”

As Jeremy continues to make short-term plans for IMTS and long-term plans for his roles at MTU America, it’s easy to see how he influences the next generation of manufacturers.

“My son loves engines. He wants to build them,” Jeremy says. So the apple may not fall far from the tree.

MTU American’s Aiken, SC location is responsible for assembly, engine testing and component machining plant for MTU Series 2000 and Series 4000 engines.
MTU America’s Aiken, SC location is responsible for assembly, engine testing and component machining plant for MTU Series 2000 and Series 4000 engines.
MTU America's core products – MTU diesel engines and MTU Onsite Energy distributed energy systems – can be found in a broad range of applications – from mine haul trucks, military vehicles and marine vessels to hospitals, data centers and universities.
MTU America’s core products – MTU diesel engines and MTU Onsite Energy distributed energy systems – can be found in a broad range of applications – from mine haul trucks, military vehicles and marine vessels to hospitals, data centers and universities.

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