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Engineering Spotlight: Vladimir Severiano

February 21, 2018


Blog visitors, please meet Vladimir Severiano. He's the mastermind who keeps all projects on track at VOSS Automotive Mexico, and he makes sure they're delivered on time to customers. To make sure you meet the rest of the team, and stay up to date on VOSS products and news, subscribe to our blog.

Q: Name?
A: Vladimir Severiano

Q: In your own words, what do you do at VOSS Automotive?
A: I am responsible for the engineering and IT teams at Voss Autómotive México. In this position, I am responsible for making sure all new projects are set up and ready for production on time, and for fulfilling all the requirements from the customer. At the same time, the IT team in México is responsible for delivering these projects to the production team in to produce our product. Part of our responsibility is to periodically evaluate all processes and make any needed improvements.

Q: What is your area of expertise?
A: I have 18 years of experience in maintenance, production and engineering departments in the automotive industry.

Q: Can you give a brief history on your background/career?
A: I have been working in the automotive industry for the last 18 years. In the beginning, I worked in maintenance departments as a shift manager, then I became a maintenance chief and finally a maintenance manager. Then I became a production manager in 2003, and I did that for 14 years. I came to VOSS in 2012 as a production manager, and it was a great experience. Finally, since June 2017, I have been the engineering and IT manager at VOSS  Automotive Mexico.

Q: Why did you choose to go into your profession?
A: Since I was a child, I've been really curious about how things work. Sometimes I destroyed my toys just to discover how they worked. Then I started to do different things with those toy parts, and it was very interesting to me. I can say that I was born an engineer. It has not been easy, but I feel very satisfied. Being an engineer is awesome when you can see something that you have planned and designed on a sheet of paper become reality.

Q: When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to be an engineer so I could build cars.

Q: What is the best piece of career advice you've ever received?
A: Some time ago, I had a boss who told me that I was a very good engineer and a good person too, but that I need to work on my communication. He told me, “If just you know about your work, then nobody knows about your capacity.” So he seta target for me – to work on networking 30 minutes a day.

Q: What motivates you at work?
A: When you can see something that you have planned and designed on a sheet of paper become reality. I just think that doing something I like makes me more productive, too. I can see how a lot of people work in some layouts or on some machines, and they love what they do and find ways to make a living doing what they love.

Q: What's one thing you can't work without?
A: I can’t work without passion. If some day I lost it, it is time to leave.

Q: If you could master one thing in life, what would it be?
A: Family. It gives purpose to life.

Q: What's your educational background?
A: I am a mechanical and electrical engineer with a specialty in machine design.


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