EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: John Maloney

Q: How long have you been working at Elm?

A: I’ve been at Elm for 3 years and 7 months

Q: Can you tell us a little about your role at Elm?

A: I am a mechanical/automation engineer. So I typically do a mechanical design for a robot’s work cell. This includes the robots end of arm tool, conveyors, guarding, part fixturing as well as pneumatics. After that I will program the robot. Once we are sure the robot can handle the job in the space allotted the cell can be built.

Q: What are some of the things you enjoy most about working at Elm?

A: Not doing the same thing every day is probably the most enjoyable thing. One day you’re designing a fixture for a cooler, the next youre brought in to find the most efficient way to wrap utensils in a napkin. The randomness makes it interesting.

Q: What has been one of your most rewarding experiences at Elm?

A: Helping design the hospital gowns for Baystate at the start of Covid was certainly rewarding and challenging. It was nice to see how quickly Elm employees and our vendors dropped what they were doing to help. Regardless of how busy they were, people were giving their own time and vendors donated material get the job done.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not working?

A: I like to go out with friends, hike and go for runs.

Q: Do you have a particular hobby or talent that co-workers may not know about?

A: I play a lot of golf, but I wouldn’t exactly consider it a talent.