Chelsey Martin-Cruickshank
Operations Manager

“Manufacturing, to me, is one of the most rewarding career opportunities available on this planet as it allows you to transform someone’s dreams and ideas into actuality. This amazing opportunity comes with an abundance of trials and tribulations, but fosters and empowers creativity, collaboration and innovation to revolutionize the world.”

In seven years, Chelsey has made a huge impact on the Siemens organization. Today, as Rotor Coil and Insulation Operations Manager, she manages four supervisors and 68 manufacturing personnel. In FY2015, Chelsey assembled and led a cross-functional team to identify and implement design and process improvements to reduce product costs for a generator style by 500 hours. Her leadership resulted in product cost reductions and significant process improvements. Gaining her team’s trust to improve transparency and ownership of quality, Chelsey’s leadership has also drastically changed the quality culture in rotors in glass.

Through a collaborative leadership style, Chelsey and her team successfully implemented friction stir welding, a new technology. Throughout the 12-month development, Chelsey was paramount in keeping the team focused and motivated while navigating them past their limitations. She’s also been influential outside of the office as evidenced through her collaboration with Alabama Technology Network to plan and execute 25 employee training courses in 2017. A partnership between Siemens Energy and Northeast Alabama Community College allowed Chelsey the opportunity to develop three machining apprentices. To ensure their success, Chelsey integrated the three apprentices into her rotor and glass manufacturing teams to receive hands-on, direct industry experience. The students learn directly from expert machinists and become more excited to continue their careers in manufacturing.

From 2012 to 2016, Chelsey served Siemens as the Engineers Week Co-Lead, challenging the team’s leads to integrate community involvement activities. As a result of her efforts, the organization became more involved in Habitat for Humanity, Siemens Science Day and Scout Day. Chelsey’s role in these events included managing budgets, promoting and facilitating event details, in addition to actively participating. These events continue to be a valuable contribution to Engineer’s week and allow employees the opportunity to share and demonstrate their passion and excitement for STEM with hundreds of local youth of varying ages each year. 

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