“During my first few minutes of meeting the team here, I knew this was the place that pushed their technology, and themselves, to succeed.”
We recently chatted with Breanna Behr, Applications Engineer with WLS. Breanna joined WLS in September of 2020.
What is a day in your life as an Applications Engineer like?
A huge positive of this position is that every day is different! In supporting the Autonomy, I touch on a different aspect of my job each day, including artwork design, machine operation & troubleshooting, validation & documentation, and sales support.
What inspires you to succeed every day?
My colleagues around me inspire me to succeed every day. Everyone at WLS is high energy and passionate about what they do, which is easy to adopt.
What is the most meaningful part of your day?
The most meaningful part of my day is teaching people, both customers and colleagues, about the Autonomy and what a great piece of technology it is. It’s exciting to get to put ideas into motion and find out the cause and effects of the Autonomy.
Why did you select ProMach’s WLS division as opposed to another company?
I selected ProMach because of the leadership and the opportunity to grow. During my first few minutes of meeting the team here, I knew this was the place that pushed their technology, and themselves, to succeed.
What opportunities or experiences have you most enjoyed?
The experience that I have most enjoyed was my training process. I spent many months learning about the Autonomy, and it is one of reasons why I like my job so much.
If someone new were joining the team what one piece of advice do you think they should know?
Ask questions, stay excited, and keep learning.
What is something you’ve learned or your biggest take away during your time at ProMach?
Professionally, I’ve learned the value of having a good team behind you can make a world of difference.
What keeps you motivated and coming to work every day?
The possibility of having a greater day than the last one.
What is it like being a female Engineer in a male dominated industry?
I think dominated is a strong term to use today. There is definitely a difference in the number of women in the STEM field in general now, but not because men are “dominating” and taking jobs away from women, per se. I believe it starts in schooling, where women need to be encouraged by their education systems to branch out and not be intimidated by STEM, because it’s a great and exciting place to be! I personally have had great experiences working in facilities that encouraged me no matter what, despite me starting as the shy female in the room. I’d say take any doubt or inequality in stride, because at the end of the day you are building your own character and learning to stand up for yourself and believe in yourself and your own abilities. And no matter the gender, everyone benefits from working on those things.
Your work experience and industry prior to coming to us is not in the packaging field, please tell us how you adjusted.
Jumping into the Pharma and Packaging industry has been an interesting journey, but an exciting one. Adjusting was an easy process because I had a great training program, and the people around me at WLS are so eager to teach, and so easy to learn from. It was a smooth transition taking my experience from other positions and using them to build my experience in this industry.
Thanks for speaking with us, Breanna!