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Isuzu Technical Center of America

Phillip Ray

Project Manager,
Commercial Vehicle Project Planning & Engineering

1) Describe what you do in one or two sentences.
I am program manager for (1) port installed options (accessories) and (2) our collaborative relationship with General Motors. For accessories, I coordinate with distributors, engineering, suppliers, and manufacturing. And I work closely with GM on our LCF (low cab forward) medium-duty truck collaboration, managing the dynamic aspects of the relationship.

2) How do you see your job making a positive impact in the lives of others?
Accessories, for example, keep us relevant to the customer. We can meet very specific customer needs with the flexibility to do things we cannot do lineside. This keeps us responsive to the customer as we can more quickly bring ideas to market. This is good for the bottom line of our business customers and for that of Isuzu.

3) What do you love about your job?
The relatively horizontal organization provides a dynamic environment with opportunity for a wide variety of experiences. I get to work together with people from all functions inside the organization, and I regularly interact with people outside, and that keeps it exciting. No day is the same.

Sergio Lopez

Supervisor
Powertrain and Vehicle Research & Development

1) Describe what you do in one or two sentences.
As powertrain engineering supervisor, I provide guidance to engineers running tests in our engine dynamometer lab for the purpose of calibrating our engines for emissions performance. I am also involved in special calibration projects with vendors.

2) How do you see your job making a positive impact in the lives of others?
Our products must comply with regulatory agency standards, so when I think of the positive impact my job makes, I first think about the environment. This is an important issue to me, and one I take seriously in my personal and professional life.

3) What do you love about your job?
I enjoy engine test and calibration, and I like doing it here at Isuzu, which has opened up a world of culture and diversity. I enjoy building relationships, and there are many good people to work with here. And it’s great knowing that my efforts help to protect the environment and satisfy our customers.

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Steven Yarosz

Supervisor
Vehicle Compliance

1) Describe what you do in one or two sentences.
Being part of the Vehicle Compliance team means that I help make sure our vehicles and engines meet all government regulations. Not only do we have to work with engineering to make sure they understand the regulations, but we also need to work with the agencies on new and upcoming regulations to ensure that we capture all potential impact on our product lines.

2) How do you see your job making a positive impact in the lives of others?
Some of my responsibilities include emissions testing and safety testing of production vehicles. This allows Isuzu to be certain that our vehicles are meeting the standards for emissions and safety equipment in the real world, which ensures that our customers are safe and that we are doing our part to help protect the environment.

3) What do you love about your job?
I love many aspects of my job, but specifically, I love the interaction with customers. It is very satisfying to hear directly from customers using our trucks/engines how much they like them.

Bantwal Prashant Baliga

Model-Based Development, Engineer I
Powertrain and Vehicle Research & Development

1) Describe what you do in one or two sentences.
I am responsible for On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) for diesel engines, and work with model-based development and calibration engineers to develop and improve modeling capabilities, methodologies, and process/control strategies. Primary tasks include performance simulation, control strategy evaluation, optimization, model development for OBD, and OBD calibration release for robust and reliable detection.

2) How do you see your job making a positive impact in the lives of others?
Engines are made up of a multitude of components, which must be effectively and efficiently controlled to ensure good fuel economy, drivability, and reduced pollutants. The performance of these components needs to be monitored throughout the useful life of the truck to ensure safety and emissions compliance.

3) What do you love about your job?
I love the freedom that I have to try out new ideas and processes to perform the tasks I am responsible for. I enjoy staying on top of current and future technologies and methodologies, i.e. by reading papers and journals, to promote model-based development at ITCA. The work environment is friendly and I learn much from all the brilliant minds here.

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Benefits summary

We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package, including a competitive salary, comprehensive health insurance, 401(k) plan with company matching plus annual retirement contribution, bonus potential, paid holidays and vacation.

Competitive and comprehensive compensation program
  • Market-based pay
  • Opportunity for annual merit salary increases
  • Opportunity for annual bonuses
Health-related benefits
  • We offer three (3) medical plans
    • PPO Plan (Preferred Provider Organization)
    • EPO Plan (Exclusive Provider Organization)
    • HDHP (High Deductible Health Plan)
  • Prescription drug coverage under all medical plans
  • Two (2) dental plans
    • PPO dental plan
    • DHMO dental plan
  • Vision coverage
  • FSA & HSA accounts available
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Short- & Long-term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Company provided Life Insurances
Paid time off
  • Vacation days
  • Sick Time
  • Compelling Personal Business Days
  • Thirteen (13) paid Holidays
Financial benefits
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Savings Plan (401k) with employer match
  • Annual Retirement Contribution (ARC)- additional money added to your savings plan account

Great career opportunities.

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Isuzu Global Employees
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Isuzu North America Employees

Internship

The Isuzu Internship Program allows students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real world experiences in the automotive industry. At Isuzu Technical Center, our focus is on commercial vehicles and diesel engines, and we are looking for fresh talent to help us develop the best product for our customers. Each intern will be paired with a mentor who will guide them during their time at Isuzu. Throughout the program, each intern will be able to explore their areas of interest while helping the team reach departmental goals. At the end of the internship, interns will be asked to present their work and research by sharing an end-of-internship presentation with the team, allowing them the opportunity to experience a professional level meeting first hand. The interns who have demonstrated exceptional skill and drive may be considered for a full-time position in the future.

“Overall, I have learned an extraordinary amount from this internship. I have become more aware and appreciative of the commercial vehicle industry.”

The Isuzu Internship Program might be for you if you want to:

  • Gain industry experience
  • Apply classroom knowledge to real world situations
  • Build an engineering network
  • Be part of a team in a professional setting
  • Gain new skills
  • Assess interests/abilities

“I have always felt very welcome here and am hoping to continue furthering my education and skills with Isuzu in the future.”

Isuzu offers internships in many of its engineering departments, including (but not limited to):

  • Powertrain and Vehicle Research & Development – Lab
  • Powertrain and Vehicle Research & Development – Engineering
  • Commercial Vehicle Product Planning & Engineering

We accept applicants from all grade levels and try to match your experience and interests to the appropriate departments.

“This experience was incredible. Hands on work with exhaust systems, ECU, DCU, harnesses, and more helped me grasp how vehicles work in terms of internal communication with outputs and sensor readings.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Isuzu Internship Program, would like to inquire about internship openings, or are interested in applying for an internship, please contact Human Resources at mirecruiter@isza.com.

We look forward to meeting the next generation of talented engineers. It could be you, so apply now!