2022 Engineering Leader Under 40: Jason Liu, 29
Jason Liu, Engineering & Maintenance Manager, Eckart America Corp., Schererville, IN
Jason Liu, 29
Engineering & Maintenance Manager
Eckart America Corp.
Schererville, IN, United States
BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
Why Jason is an Engineering Leader
Jason Liu is a tremendously talented and accomplished engineer. Jason is responsible for the operation of facility equipment at Eckart’s Schererville, Indiana, manufacturing site. He provides leadership in daily maintenance, reliability improvement, and capital projects implementation. Jason successfully manages the short-term immediate needs of maintaining the plant while also implementing long-term strategy projects. Despite wearing several “hats,” Jason handles these competing needs smoothly and efficiently.
Achievements, Advancement & Career-related Industry Contributions
Jason started his career as a Maintenance Engineer with Dow Chemical. In 2019, he took a promotion to lead Eckart America’s Maintenance and Engineering department. In that short time, Jason has been exposed to a number of different engineering disciplines (PLCs, vacuum pumps, networking, distillation, instrumentation, motors, valves, etc.). In 2020, Jason led the redesign and upgrade of Eckart’s process network, something not part of his background, but Jason figured it out. In 2021, Jason redesigned a part of the plant’s layout to improve efficiency and material work flow. This was also necessary to make room of a new production line key for the scale up and launch of a new product series. In that process Jason served as the project leader, lead engineer and installation manager. The $1.6 million project was implemented on time and on budget. As a manager, Jason is known as a competent and reliable leader. He fosters and environment of mutual respect for his direct reports, coworkers and contractors. Jason has been recognized as a high potential employee at Dow and has repeated that feat with Eckart America. He is also a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP).
Non-work-related Activities & Hobbies
Jason completed a full marathon in 2021. He is a health and fitness enthusiast and this is a major milestone for any long-distance runner.
Jason is the son of Taiwanese immigrants. He is fluent in Mandarin, proficient in German and Taiwanese.
Why Jason chose this career
Jason gets his engineering interests from his father. He is hard wired to understand how things work and to troubleshoot, and engineering gives him a lot of opportunity to do so. He is also eager to make an impact for his job and the company as well as those around him.