Secat, Inc.

Providing Aluminum Answers

A Day in the Life of Andrea Collazo

Andrea photoI grew up in the small town of Potosi, Missouri. Growing up I always had a passion for math and science and decided to attend the University of Missouri – Rolla where I graduated with a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering in 2002.

The majority of my work experience is in flat rolled sheet (aluminum and steel). I have worked for Wise Alloys, U.S. Steel, Crown Holdings, and Novelis. I am currently working for Aleris in Lewisport, KY where I am one of the Product Engineers in the Product Technology department. Very exciting times in Lewisport with the current expansion of the facilities and the new products it will bring. I have been married now for almost 10 years and have two beautiful children. I enjoy outdoor activities like camping, canoeing, and hiking.

1) Give us a quick overview of your job. (Types of analysis you perform.)

As a product engineer I am responsible for the metallurgical practices for the various products. These practices are ultimately the “recipes” for how to process the aluminum through the plant from casting through finishing to achieve the metallurgical characteristics and mechanical properties required by our customers. I work with the process engineers and operations on our processes to optimize these practices. I also work with our customers to ensure proper material selection for their product and trouble shooting and analysis on any problem material.

2) What are some things that happen for you in a typical day at work?

Every day seems to bring something new. Some days are filled with running trials out in the plant and evaluating the outcomes. Some days are filled with analyzing data and trying to make process or practice improvements for a customer or certain product.

3) How does your job impact the markets you serve?

We want to ensure that we create a “recipe” for each of our products that provides consistent quality results to our customer every time. We want to provide solutions and support for our customer needs and inquiries.

4) How do you interact with Secat, Inc. and how does the relationship benefit you?

I interact with Secat on a regular basis for material analysis both on internal related mill issues and on customer inquiries. We rely on Secat’s longstanding experience and expertise to aid in root cause analysis and long term projects and studies.

5) Tell us something about yourself (outside of the industry) that people may not know.

I love to run! I have run four half marathons and fulfilled my dream of finishing a full marathon this past October.

For more information on the products and services that Secat provides, please contact Todd Boggess at or 859-514-4989.


May 30, 2016 - Posted by | Blog Posts | , , ,

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