In this month’s employee spotlight, we catch up with Mike Lentner, an engineer who has been with Elm since 2015.

Q: What brought you to Elm/how did you get your start here?

A: I knew Dan Bacon prior to starting at Elm, so I joined the team when I heard there was an opportunity to come aboard as a junior engineer.

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

A: I handle electrical controls for the engineering department, which includes drafting/control panel design and HMI, PLC and industrial robot programming.

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

A: I really enjoy the different types of projects we get to work on and the unique challenges that each project comes with. We design and build equipment for a variety of industries, so every day is a different experience and a chance to learn about something new.

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

A: I won’t single out one specific project, but it’s very rewarding to build a new machine or automate a process that we haven’t worked on before and see everything running at a customer’s facility. Some of our projects span several months, so it’s gratifying when we finish and are able to see everything come together… especially when the customer is happy with the end result!

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

A: When the weather is nice I spend most of my free time golfing. I’ve been playing more than 15 years now and I love getting out to play competitively or just to spend time with friends.

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

A: I also really enjoy cooking. I like trying news foods and I have a few friends in the restaurant industry so I’m always looking to hone my chef skills.