Q+A with Dominic Beaudrie, Senior Project Engineer - Packaging (Dearborn)
How do you describe your job to people outside of the industry?
It’s the multi-million-dollar industry nobody knows about. We all see countless vehicles on the road every day. The majority know that vehicles are built on an assembly line, but generally don’t question how the parts got there. That’s where we come in! Our team specializes in steel rack design that generally features tooled dunnage or unique textiles to ensure quality, safety, part retention, and ergonomic friendly conditions for operators. An example is that cubed shoe hanger you once had hanging in the closet. Just on a more industrial scale.
Why did you decide to become an engineer?
Opportunity. I had a 12-year career in education along with a master’s degree in special education and it came time for a change. I pursued CAD design, eventually accepting a position at Ghafari as a project engineer on the JL (Jeep Wrangler) program.
How would you describe life at Ghafari?
A community. A friendly neighborhood. The packaging group tends to spend more [time] off-site than in the office. No matter the time between the two I always feel comfortable and invited when I’m “back home”. Our project group has a true team feel to it. We work hard, take the good with the bad, and move forward for the success of the client.
What is the most exciting thing that has happened during your time here?
Three kids during three vehicle launches (insert laugh). Not sure if it was exciting or madness, but it has been a great ride. On a professional level, I’ve recently been promoted to Senior Project Engineer and took on my first role of Program Manager for a Stellantis vehicle launch.
What is a key idea or lesson you have learned while working at Ghafari?
Don’t take it personally, vehicles still get built. It would be easier to shrug off challenges or hot issues if we didn’t care as much as we do. No matter the demand of the client or the task at hand, life goes on and there are more important things in life than a steel rack. Just button things up before the weekend!
How do you like to spend your free time?
I have three children, what free time? (insert laugh). Of course, family comes first and volunteering with our school and church community is a close second. Once things are settled and the family is taken care of, my creative mind takes over. I’m an avid table-top gamer (yes, I said it). I’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons for over 25 years and don’t intend to slow down. I’ve become immersed in 3D printing (both resin and PLA) for nearly three years. I enjoy painting said prints to further enhance the gaming experience.