Title: Retired Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Company: Ford Motor Company-Dearborn Frame Plant
Location: Dearborn, Michigan, United States
Brett Irick, Retired Engineering Manager at Ford Motor Company, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of automotive engineering and business administration.
Fascinated with cars his entire life, Mr. Irick deciding to pursue a career in engineering. Inspired by his father and grandfather, who were both engineers, as well as his mother, who was a math teacher, he developed background knowledge on the field as a child. Upon graduating from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in mechanical engineering, Mr. Irick began his career as a manufacturing engineer for the Vehicle Operations Department of the Ford Motor Company in 1985. A decade later, he accepted a position as the manufacturing leader with Ford in Edison, New Jersey, which he held from 1995 to 1998. He continued to progress in the company, rising to the rank of engineering supervisor of final assembly engineering between 1998 and 2000. During this time, he also earned an MBA, with high honors, from the University of Michigan.
As he continued to advance through his career with Ford Motor Company, Mr. Irick held the posts of supervisor of plant engineering and later new model manager, before concluding his time with the company as an engineering manager in 2015. Achievements to his credit include developing patents in process control for post-form heat treating parts used in assembly operation, as well as an aluminum porthole extruded tubing with locating features. In addition to his professional endeavors, Mr. Irick served as president of the Southeastern Michigan Power Plant Engineering Society in 2016 and as chairman of the Engineering Society of Affiliate Council, from 2018 to 2019.
Throughout his career, Mr. Irick is proud of the five years he spent as a recruiter of manufacturing engineers for Ford at Ohio State University. He also served on the advisory board for the trustees of the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey, from 1996 to 1998. For his accomplishments in the industry, he has been the recipient of numerous honors and accolades. In 2010, he was presented the Howland Wood Memorial Award from the American Numismatic Association, and in 2015, he received the Glen Smedley Memorial Award.
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