Isuzu Technical Center of America, Inc. (ITCA)

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Employee Interviews

Isuzu Technical Center of America

Brian Buchanan

Director,
Commercial Vehicle Project Planning & Engineering

1) Describe what you do in one or two sentences.

At ITCA, I primarily lead two Commercial Vehicle teams. The Product Planning team collects “Voice of the Customer” inputs, and helps to determine new requirements, features, and timing for our future vehicles. Then, the Product Engineering team works to design and integrate the new content into the vehicle layout.

2) What is the most important/valuable skill you need to do your job well?

Clear and efficient communication is critical. Whether your role encompasses target setting, solution creation, or implementation, it is hard to overstate the value of properly conveying your ideas and/or results.

3) How do you work to empower other employees, our customers, or Isuzu global?

It is easy to fall into the trap of simply complaining rather than developing a positive plan. I believe that our team members have the opportunity to suggest improvements, not only to the products we are developing but also to the processes used to develop them. Driving change is difficult, but we try to encourage our team members by letting them know that leadership is always open to improvement suggestions.

Robert Brancato

Manager
PVRD – Vehicle Laboratory

1) Describe what you do in one or two sentences.

I manage ITCA’s Vehicle Lab facilities at Plymouth and Anaheim. My work involves planning and allocating resources to execute work orders from our engineering teams, controlling our budget, and procuring new equipment and supplies. I am also responsible for conducting competitor vehicle benchmarking activities.

2) How do you see your job making a positive impact in the lives of others?

I would like to think that my management style is one that cultivates employee growth, not only as vehicle technicians, but also as CMV drivers, subjective evaluators, welders/fabricators, and electronics technicians. Our Vehicle Lab technicians have a lot of latitudes to learn a variety of jobs not offered by other R&D facilities. Other facilities require their employees to be quite specialized without the ability to operate outside of one or two areas.

3) What do you love about Isuzu?

I have been with Isuzu a little over 30 years, a long time right. I was laid off from Chryslers before coming to Isuzu so I was hoping for some stability and I guess I got that seeing how I stayed for so long. I would like to think that I have always taken care of Isuzu and its family and Isuzu has always taken care of me and my family.

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Yong Sun

Model-Based Development, Supervisor
Powertrain and Vehicle Research & Development

1) Describe what you do in one or two sentences.

I lead our team to develop autonomous driving technology, AI, and next-generation methodologies for R&D work.

2) How does your educational or previous job background support your job?

  •  I gained experience as a fully-funded Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant at the University of Michigan, where I published several technical papers and gave presentations at national technical conferences.
  • In graduate school, I learned software development and programming skills as a research assistant, and at Oak Ridge National Lab, I interned in computational mathematics.
  • I’ve also had the opportunity to work in the areas of CFD, 1D, Design Release, and project management through experience in the auto industry and projects involving a variety of customers such as Ricardo, Chrysler, JLR, Harley Davidson, and others.

3) How do you work to empower other employees, our customers, or Isuzu global?

  • By introducing and implementing cutting-edge technologies to enable better solutions for existing and incoming challenges for engineers and customers.
  • By promoting collaboration between departments in different technical fields to create optimized, integrated, and cost-efficient approaches for Isuzu global.
  • By introducing advanced team communication and an agile working style for engineers to work more efficiently and with clarity on their goals.

4) What do you love about Isuzu?

  • People care for each other, and it is a family-like supportive atmosphere.
  • Flexibility in research direction and approach. Open-minded about possible approaches to reach the latest technology.
  • Close communication and focus on teamwork.

Kaitlyn Jaeck

Engineer I
Vehicle Compliance

1) Describe what you do in one or two sentences.

I work as a member of the Vehicle Compliance team to ensure that Isuzu engines and vehicles meet government regulations, such as those from CARB, EPA, NHTSA, and Canada. Part of ensuring compliance includes staying up to date on any new regulations these agencies are working on and distributing the relevant information to other departments within Isuzu.

2) How do you see your job making a positive impact in the lives of others?

Many government agencies are creating regulations with an eye towards increased safety and a positive environmental impact.  Staying up to date on these regulations, and making sure that Isuzu complies, ensures that we are doing our part to help protect customers, protect people on the road, and protect the environment.

3) What do you love about Isuzu?

I love that Isuzu is more than just our Plymouth office. I have the chance to work with people across functions within ITCA as well as with people from our Isuzu offices in California. Most weeks, I also get to be on a call with Isuzu employees from Japan. So I love that I get to work and interact with people here, on the other side of the country, and on the other side of the world.

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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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30,000

Isuzu Global Employees
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360

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!