Brenden Stacey
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Brendan Stacey

Project Engineer, Brose

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Getting into Automotive

Did you grow up with family members in the automotive industry?

My mother and stepdad are both engineers in the automotive industry.

When were you first exposed to automotive?

I was first exposed to automotive when I was in grade school. My mom would take me to “bring your kid to work day” or bring me into her engineering office on the weekends when she needed to get something she had forgotten.

What college did you attend, what was your major, and why did you choose that path?

I attended Kettering University and graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. I choose mechanical engineering because when I was younger because I really enjoyed math and science.

Do you have additional degrees, training, or education? (I.e., graduate degree, MBA, etc.)
  • Walsh College, Master of Business Administration
  • Walsh College, Master of Science, Management

Automotive Career: Then and Now

What opportunities did you have in college that allowed you to explore or start your career in automotive, including any co-ops or internships?

In college, I was able to participate in a co-op program that allowed me to rotate through several different divisions at a particular company over the course of three and a half years.

What was your first job post-college? Please share any lessons learned.

My first job post-college is the same role I am in now, Applications Engineer of Seat Systems. I’ve learned that hard work pays off.

What projects and programs do you work on?

In the past I worked on the Mustang Mach-E, I am currently working on a development project for GM.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In 5 years, I would like to be a technical professional in my field.

Advice for Young Students

Knowing what you know now if you could give your younger self one tip or piece of advice, what would it be?

Knowing what you know now if you could give your younger self one tip or piece of advice, what would it be?

What advice do you have for high school students who are interested in automotive, but unsure if it’s the career for them?

Search online for universities that offer degrees in engineering. Take some tours and this may spike interest. You’ll be able to see if it’s a good fit or sparks more questions.

Speak with individuals in the field and ask them openly about their experience.

What was the best piece of advice you were ever given?

In college, treat your school day like a workday. Complete all classes and classwork throughout the day instead of waiting until late in the evening! This will allow you to have more relaxed afternoons and evenings while avoiding any all-nighters.

What do you love about working in the automotive industry (and specifically the automotive industry in Michigan)?

I love the challenges that the automotive industry brings. Each project brings its own unique challenges to work through, and the work is never dull.

Do you participate in any organizations outside of work? Or have any hobbies (unrelated to automotive)? Do you feel the work-life balance in the auto industry allows you to continue these passions?

I have a passion for fitness, and I have a passion for watches. Like other career paths, the automotive industry certainly allows for a good work-life balance. I can accomplish my daily work as well as follow passions without much interruption.