Isuzu Technical Center of America, Inc. (ITCA)


2022 Employee Interviews

Yi-Chen Zhang

Autonomous & Artificial Intelligence, Sr. Engineer
Powertrain and Vehicle Research & Development

1) What is your role at ITCA?

I completed my graduate work in Statistics at Michigan State University, but came across an opportunity in the auto industry to design algorithms for autonomous vehicles, which ultimately led to my current position at ITCA. As a member of the Powertrain and Vehicle R & D team, I design applications for autonomous driving (AD) trucks. This involves maintaining the software stack for perception, localization, and planning. I’m also responsible for components integration to ensure that the AD software is working and stable. I also get to work on improving the graphical user interface for the customer based on vehicle application

2) What attracted you to ITCA?

l was attracted by the prospect of working on the software that we would be able to integrate directly into the hardware of an Isuzu truck. Since ITCA has its own vehicle lab that can make modifications and customize the design to meet a specific software’s needs, this actually leads to a better compatibility of the hardware and the software. I also like to see the software that I’ve developed running on the actual trucks on the test track or in the parking lot.

3) What do you enjoy most about working at ITCA?

I enjoy the opportunity to do things “outside the box”. We get to have a say in deciding the research topics as long as they align with Isuzu goals. I’ve also been challenged to grow in my communication skills, and I recognize the importance of this for good understanding with other engineers and our customers. I also like to know that we are contributing to technology that will reduce accidents and travel time while mitigating road congestion.

Scott Manuel

Senior Design Lead
Commercial Vehicle Project Planning & Engineering

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

As the Design Lead, I balance the design team’s workload both for increased efficiency and for our individual team members’ skill development. I also help problem solve design issues with our designers and engineers, and I am responsible for providing weekly management updates on program workload schedules. Finally, I manage the program math data structures and design releases.

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

By working closely with our engineering team, I have the opportunity to influence the design of components, which contributes to our high quality products.

3) What do you love about Isuzu?

Being able to physically see and touch the parts that I have been working with and then see how these components impact vehicle performance.

Santhosh Pasupathi

MBD & Vehicle Testing Development, Supervisor
Powertrain and Vehicle Research & Development

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

I lead and mentor a group of Engineers & Graduate Interns to achieve Virtual Vehicle Modeling, Powertrain Electrification, & testing capabilities by utilizing advanced simulation & testing resources.

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

Our team plays a significant role in performing preliminary performance analyses of future vehicle products and current products with the help of vehicle models, which saves a lot of real-world testing time. We also leverage our MBD capability can be used to significantly improve product quality and reduce development time largely.

3) What do you love about your job.

What I love about my job is the collaborative environment we have here and the opportunity I get to work on multiple projects, so it is a great learning experience. Now that the Automotive Industry is going through a transformation phase, making room for Electric Powertrains and ADAS features, this situation challenges every engineer. ISUZU takes these challenges seriously and does its best to keep up with the market from both Technical and Product Development sides; I enjoy being part of such a transformation.

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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
  • Miscellaneous Time Days
  • Fifteen (15) 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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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

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