Employee Highlight – Fred Yun
We are proud of our employees and the pride and care they take producing your orders and want to share their stories with you.
Each month we highlight one of our employees and the department they work in! You will get a look behind-the-scenes here at the lab, and get to know one of our own a little bit better.
Fred Yun – Production Maintenance Department
Our amazing production maintenance staff works day in and day out to make sure that print devices are in good working order so that your products look great and are delivered on time! We couldn’t take care of all your needs without them! Their dedication and hard work are much appreciated by the entire lab. Please meet Fred Yun, a newer member of the Production Maintenance Department. Fred is participating in our Apprentice Program through the Metropolitan Community Colleges. He is learning about all equipment throughout the lab, in all the different team areas. In addition, Fred has also been helping to maintain and improve the facility. Like many of our teams here at H&H, the maintenance team wears lots of different hats each day. The cross-training and exposure to all areas in the lab, builds experience and knowledge that is making Fred a very valuable team member!
Q: How long have you been at the lab?
Since May 2018
Q: How big is your team in production maintenance?
There are five people including myself.
Q: Do you work the day shift, or the evening shift?
I work the day shift.
Q: What do you really enjoy about your job?
I enjoy working as a machine technician. When something is broken I am able to figure it out and fix it, so that other workers are able to use the machine.
Q: What are the job responsibilities for your group?
We maintain the machines, keeping them in good shape so that production can run smoothly. I used to work in billing and shipping, but then the company offered me an apprenticeship so that I could attend school.
Q: So where are you going to school?
I go to school at Metropolitan Community College.
Q: How does the apprenticeship work?
H&H gives me the opportunity to go through school to learn necessary knowledge while working at the company.
Q: Have you always been good with computers and machinery?
Yes, I was pretty good with computers. I have always liked technology. I was able to catch up on new technology more quickly than some people. I don’t have much experience on machinery, but I enjoy fixing stuff and figuring it out.
Q: What did you do before coming to H&H?
I was studying at Mizzou. I was studying chemical engineering.
Q: Why did you want to go into chemical engineering?
I wanted to go into chemical engineering because I was good at math and chemistry at school. I also like technology, so I thought it was a good career fit.
Q: So tell me a little bit about your personal life?
My family lives in South Korea. Both my parents are from South Korea. I also have a younger brother. He is studying finance at Mizzou. I came to the States in high school. After high school, I went to UMKC, and then returned to South Korea to serve in the Korean military. All men in South Korea are required to serve in the military for two years. After my military service ended, I returned to the States to attend Mizzou (University of Missouri in Columbia).
Q: Do you get to go back very often?
I used to go every year, but with work, I do not go as often.
Q: Is it hard for your parents to be over there, far away from you?
I am sure it is difficult for them, but we call often which is good—we have an app that we use to talk.
Q: Do you have other family over here?
I have an aunt and uncle here, so that is how I stayed in the States. They live near Lee’s Summit.
Q: When you first moved over to the United States, what was one of the biggest transitions for you?
The biggest transition was learning English as a second langue and learning about the different culture.
Q: When you moved over to the States, what was something that you really missed about South Korea?
The things that I really missed most when I came here were my parents. It was difficult to stay so far away from my parents. Some of the food that I enjoy eating was difficult to find here in the States. In South Korea, you can get to places easier with the bus and subway. Over here I couldn’t go to places without a car, or get somebody to take me until I was able to drive on my own. In South Korea I was able to order food delivery, 24-hour service, pretty much anywhere — for example to lakes and with no tips!
Q: What food do you really miss from South Korea, and is there a place here in Kansas City that has authentic Korean food that you like?
Some of the food that I missed a lot was kimchi which is a spicy salty cabbage, which is like a pickle that South Koreans eat. Spicy, sweet sauce with rice cake, Korean BBQ– either beef or pork, marinated with soy sauce and other ingredients. I was able to eat some of the authentic Korean food thanks to my aunt. There are some Korean restaurants near Kansas City, but they are little far away, so I usually cook at home.
Q: What food do we have in the States, that you really like, that you did not eat often back home?
My favorite food that I like here in the States is steak and BBQ.
Q: What other hobbies and interests do you have in your spare time?
I like to watch movies and hang out with friends. I listen to music. I listen to both Korean music and pop music.
Q: You mentioned liking movies—what are a few of your favorites?
My favorite movies are Marvel movies, Batman Dark Knight, Lord of the Ring series, and the Outlaws which is a Korean movie.