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I feel a great sense of accomplishment knowing that my contribution is making an impact on the business.

Kamar Guthrie earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a PMP Certification (Project Management Professional) from PMI and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. Kamar began his career in manufacturing as a Process Engineer with another employer and as he’s progressed in his career he has gained a technical acumen in the Continuous Improvement and Project Management space. Kamar joined TE Connectivity's IT organization TEIS in 2015 and now focuses on managing projects responsible for the digital transformation of TE manufacturing, in the Digital Factory initiative.

What is the most engaging part of your current role?

I’m a part of one of the teams focused on the digital transformation of TE’s manufacturing facilities. So one of the most engaging parts of my job is that I’m able to connect with many of Business Unit’s shop floor leaders, Digital Factory Champions and Plant Managers to understand their needs and create value in operations; an exciting and rewarding role in the company.

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Engineering, the discipline, requires a consistent and continuous commitment to self-development and study.

Describe a shift early in your career that shifted your goals and expectations. How did it lead you to new opportunities?

One of the most significant turning points occurred prior to the start of my career; a decision that I accredit with substantially transforming the trajectory of my professional track. While attending the University of Pittsburgh, I aspired to work in the engineering field. I loved the idea of working on the cutting edge of industry, an evolution of solutions in the making. But, at the time, thought it to large an endeavor and sought to pursue a marketing degree instead. And although I truly enjoyed the creative muscles my marketing course of study allowed me to flex, I knew it fell severely short of my honest desire to be an engineer. With a little push from a respected mentor and quite a bit of hesitation, I took a leap of faith and found myself charging full speed ahead as a student of the Swanson School of Engineering. A downright epic change for a young man in his junior year of college. In this case, I can say with confidence, better late than never! This major shift (pun intended) has since afforded me an opportunity to chase my professional interests and passions. Moreover, it helped define and carve out a unique career path that I once thought impossible.

Prior to attaining a position with TE as a Project Manager, I held several positions. The first was as a Process Engineer intern with Harley Davidson Motor Company. This marked my initial exposure to the world of manufacturing, process improvement and project management. Thereafter, I worked as a Process Engineer for an aluminum extrusion company, and then as a Six Sigma Continuous Improvement Engineer with a hydro manufacturing company. So, what have I learned? In short, a lot. But one thing that stands out is that it is possible to couple your personal innate passions with a fulling and rewarding career. My strengths and core competencies are enriched when navigating the idiosyncrasies of a given project. I am by nature an organizer, a planner, creative and solutions oriented. I also learned that the work it takes to get to your career goal, no matter how challenging, is absolutely worth it. Presently, I work side by side with peers who are some of the most accomplished individuals in their fields and am ever inspired by their work and commitment. On a daily basis this very fact gives me insight that collaboration and good old fashion team work is truly the key to success. Finally, I now know through experience that a diverse group of individuals with unique expertise produce great ideas and such is the impetus of ingenuity.

Engineering, the discipline, requires a consistent and continuous commitment to self-development and study. It is an ever evolving field. Because of this, for me, goal setting is a fact of life. Every year I set new goals for personal and professional growth. This year one of my personal/professional goals is to actively participate in mentorship recognizing that I would not be where I am today if not for the timely encouragement and intentional wise counsel I received. Presently, I volunteer in the local STEMs program here at TE and I look forward to working more with the African Heritage ERG. There are many young African-American men and women who might benefit from seeing that it is possible to seek and achieve a career as a technical professional. In the future, I hope to further lend my experience to help young people achieve their goals. There are several organizations that I endeavor to work with more; NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) the National Black MBA as well as The African American Chamber of Commerce of Central PA who all provide mentorship and programing for youth and young adults.

Why TE?

TE Connectivity has always appeared to be a company of vision and innovation; the type of company I’ve always wanted to be a part of. TE is the perfect place to work because while every day I’m challenged to do more, I feel a great sense of accomplishment knowing that my contribution is making an impact on the business.

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I feel a great sense of accomplishment knowing that my contribution is making an impact on the business.

Kamar Guthrie earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a PMP Certification (Project Management Professional) from PMI and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. Kamar began his career in manufacturing as a Process Engineer with another employer and as he’s progressed in his career he has gained a technical acumen in the Continuous Improvement and Project Management space. Kamar joined TE Connectivity's IT organization TEIS in 2015 and now focuses on managing projects responsible for the digital transformation of TE manufacturing, in the Digital Factory initiative.

What is the most engaging part of your current role?

I’m a part of one of the teams focused on the digital transformation of TE’s manufacturing facilities. So one of the most engaging parts of my job is that I’m able to connect with many of Business Unit’s shop floor leaders, Digital Factory Champions and Plant Managers to understand their needs and create value in operations; an exciting and rewarding role in the company.

kamar
Engineering, the discipline, requires a consistent and continuous commitment to self-development and study.

Describe a shift early in your career that shifted your goals and expectations. How did it lead you to new opportunities?

One of the most significant turning points occurred prior to the start of my career; a decision that I accredit with substantially transforming the trajectory of my professional track. While attending the University of Pittsburgh, I aspired to work in the engineering field. I loved the idea of working on the cutting edge of industry, an evolution of solutions in the making. But, at the time, thought it to large an endeavor and sought to pursue a marketing degree instead. And although I truly enjoyed the creative muscles my marketing course of study allowed me to flex, I knew it fell severely short of my honest desire to be an engineer. With a little push from a respected mentor and quite a bit of hesitation, I took a leap of faith and found myself charging full speed ahead as a student of the Swanson School of Engineering. A downright epic change for a young man in his junior year of college. In this case, I can say with confidence, better late than never! This major shift (pun intended) has since afforded me an opportunity to chase my professional interests and passions. Moreover, it helped define and carve out a unique career path that I once thought impossible.

Prior to attaining a position with TE as a Project Manager, I held several positions. The first was as a Process Engineer intern with Harley Davidson Motor Company. This marked my initial exposure to the world of manufacturing, process improvement and project management. Thereafter, I worked as a Process Engineer for an aluminum extrusion company, and then as a Six Sigma Continuous Improvement Engineer with a hydro manufacturing company. So, what have I learned? In short, a lot. But one thing that stands out is that it is possible to couple your personal innate passions with a fulling and rewarding career. My strengths and core competencies are enriched when navigating the idiosyncrasies of a given project. I am by nature an organizer, a planner, creative and solutions oriented. I also learned that the work it takes to get to your career goal, no matter how challenging, is absolutely worth it. Presently, I work side by side with peers who are some of the most accomplished individuals in their fields and am ever inspired by their work and commitment. On a daily basis this very fact gives me insight that collaboration and good old fashion team work is truly the key to success. Finally, I now know through experience that a diverse group of individuals with unique expertise produce great ideas and such is the impetus of ingenuity.

Engineering, the discipline, requires a consistent and continuous commitment to self-development and study. It is an ever evolving field. Because of this, for me, goal setting is a fact of life. Every year I set new goals for personal and professional growth. This year one of my personal/professional goals is to actively participate in mentorship recognizing that I would not be where I am today if not for the timely encouragement and intentional wise counsel I received. Presently, I volunteer in the local STEMs program here at TE and I look forward to working more with the African Heritage ERG. There are many young African-American men and women who might benefit from seeing that it is possible to seek and achieve a career as a technical professional. In the future, I hope to further lend my experience to help young people achieve their goals. There are several organizations that I endeavor to work with more; NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) the National Black MBA as well as The African American Chamber of Commerce of Central PA who all provide mentorship and programing for youth and young adults.

Why TE?

TE Connectivity has always appeared to be a company of vision and innovation; the type of company I’ve always wanted to be a part of. TE is the perfect place to work because while every day I’m challenged to do more, I feel a great sense of accomplishment knowing that my contribution is making an impact on the business.

Join our team of innovators

In a world where everything is connected, every connection counts. Explore opportunities to build a great career.