Joyel Schaefer
Associate Director Engineer, Power Transmission Systems
UTC Aerospace Systems

“Problem solving, science and technology have always been a passion of mine. Figuring out how to design the best product and become the technical expert, in order to deliver the best value to the customer, is fun and rewarding!”

After joining the UTAS Power Transmissions System (PTS) team as a Project Engineer in 2015, Joyel quickly advanced to direct the entire Rome, New York engineering team as a PTS Product Line Manager in 2016. Throughout her career with the company, she has made game-changing impacts across the business including streamlining and improving Standard Work proposals and processes, and working cross-functionally to implement a new Design to Cost process.

Fearlessly taking on new leadership challenges, Joyel transformed her Rome engineering team into one with an energizing, can-do attitude. With her driving and empowering nature, Joyel has not only elevated the tools and process capabilities of UTAS engineers—she has established as a cohesive, high-performing team. Additionally, Joyel consistently engages her peers, direct reports and general manager to drive improvements in business processes to become more efficient. As a result of her process leadership, Joyel was selected to lead a new QCPC effort for the entire Rome site to revamp and reinvigorate prior methodology in order to become AIM/ACE certified.

Joyel takes a leadership role in mentoring and developing talent within the organization, actively coaching others one-on-one to help them reach their full potential. Providing guidance through bi-weekly sessions with employees, Joyel recognizes the importance of taking the time to help others at UTAS. In addition, Joyel has facilitated unpaid internships at her site for local high school students through the BOCES program, as well engaged with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Union College on composites projects.

Joyel regularly volunteers her time by supporting her children’s extracurricular activities and community events. Beyond being actively involved in Cub Scouts, she is a soccer referee, swim meet timekeeper, YMCA volunteer, and has participated in fundraising activities to support the Erie Canal trail. Joyel is also a member of the UTAS EH&S Wellness committee where she encourages others to participate in run/walk groups, yoga and hiking trips to promote health and wellness.

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