Founder of Thielsch Engineering



Helmut Thielsch

Helmut Thielsch, founder of Thielsch Engineering was born in Berlin, Germany. Mr. Thielsch came to the United States at the age of 16 where he completed his high school education and later earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University.

Mr. Thielsch never let obstacles deter his path in life. Whether it was coming to a new country as a teenager required to learn a new language, or becoming an entrepreneur and starting his own company at an age when most men would be retiring, everything was an adventure, an exciting experience. Interviewed in 2002 by the "Providence Business News", he said, "The field of engineering is always providing new challenges. It is a wonderful opportunity to come to work and use your noodle."

Before founding Thielsch Engineering, Helmut was the Vice-President of Research Development and Engineering at Grinnell Manufacturing and ITT Grinnell Corporation, where he was employed from 1954 to 1984. In 1984, following a significant downsizing of his department, Mr. Thielsch decided to start his own company. He founded Thielsch Engineering a short time later with six former Grinnell employees. The company grew rapidly into a multi-million dollar operation. The company today has over 300 employees and has grown into a worldwide engineering firm.

The success of Thielsch Engineering can be directly attributed to Mr. Thielsch's passion for engineering and his dedication to the company. He instilled in senior managers his two overriding goals: never stop growing the business and be responsive to the company's customers.

Mr. Thielsch passed away in May, 2003. Company officials have honored his legacy by vowing that all business concerns at Thielsch would continue in the manner Helmut would have expected.