Fred Schultheis

Director GRP Automation COE
Fred Schultheis joined Alcoa in 1986 as an Electrical Engineer in the Process Computer Systems group at Alcoa Warrick Operations located in Newburgh, IN. His first assignment was as process control systems and area electrical engineer for the electromagnetic casting (EMC) process. In 1990 he transferred to the Warrick Operations rolling department where he focused on aluminum rolling mill process controls and optimization which has been a deep focus area for much of his career. In 1997, Fred moved into the Alcoa Flat Rolled Products (FRP) Engineering Group located in Knoxville, Tennessee maintaining a focus on rolling processes. In this role Fred worked on control system development, installation, commissioning, and optimization, as well as rolling mill process optimization for global FRP manufacturing operations. Up to this point in his career Fred’s work focused on process control and best practices deployment leveraging automation solutions based on industrial controller and mini/micro-computer platforms and including multi-variable control solutions and first-principles process model technologies Fred transitioned from an individual contributor to a manager role in 2007 starting as the Alcoa Global Rolled Products (GRP) Cold Rolling Network Leader and then in 2008 as the GRP Electrical Engineering Manager. In 2015 Fred assumed his current role as Director Automation Center of Excellence for GRP. In the past five years Fred has led automation strategy for GRP across ISA-95 levels 0 to 3 to move the business towards a Digital Connected Enterprise aligned with Industry 4.0. Fred has practiced his profession globally in the Americas, Europe, Russia, China, Australia, Japan, and the Middle East. Fred earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (University of Evansville) in 1986, and a Master's degree in Business Administration (Ball State University) in 1994. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Indiana. Fred was born in Evansville, Indiana, USA in 1964 and is currently professionally based in Alcoa, TN with residence in Knoxville, TN.


Arconic Inc., formerly Alcoa Inc., incorporated on September 18, 1888, is engaged in providing materials and engineered products. The Company operates through segments, including Global Rolled Products, Engineered Products and Solutions, and Transportation and Construction Solutions. The Company's engineered products and solutions include fastening systems and rings, titanium and engineered products, power and propulsion, and forgings and extrusions. Its transportation and construction solutions include wheel and transportation products; building and construction systems, and extrusions. Its global rolled products include aerospace and automotive products; Micromill products and services, and brazing, commercial transportation and industrial solutions. The Company offers a range of aluminum sheet and plate products for the aerospace, automotive, commercial transportation, brazing and industrial markets. Its product portfolio is focused on Arconic Micromill technology. The Company is engaged in providing aluminum sheet to the North American automotive market. Its Micromill technology turns aluminum from liquid to solid in seconds. The Company develops and manufactures engineered products and solutions for the aerospace, industrial gas turbine, commercial transportation and oil and gas markets. The Company produces structural aero engine components. It is engaged in additive manufacturing technologies, vacuum melted alloys, machining, performance coatings and hot isostatic pressing. It is engaged in investment casting superalloy airfoils for aero engines and industrial gas turbines. It is a producer of titanium, aluminum and superalloy structural engine and airframe components. The Company is a supplier of nickel and cobalt based super alloys, titanium ingot, as well as ceramic crucibles utilized in casting production. It is engaged in multi-material airframe subassemblies and technologies and materials, such as three dimensional (3D) printing and titanium aluminides. It is engaged in the manufacture of precision investment castings. The Company offers industrial solutions and serves a range of markets from wind turbines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage to machinery and circuitry.

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