Associate Spotlight on John Seavey
Director of Ignition Products at DENSO Manufacturing Athens Tennessee, Inc.
With Mason Seavey, Son of John and intern at DENSO
John: What does it mean to have Mason following in your footsteps in the Engineering field?
Mason and his brother both know that whatever path they may choose, we would support them fully. Given that, I guess what it means most is that he has recognized that a career in Engineering has provided a really good life for our family. He has seen that with an education in Engineering, and hard work/dedication, that there is an abundance of career choices in front of him. Mason is a really good kid, and we’re very proud of him.
What is it like to have Mason here at DENSO as an intern?
As our kids grow up, the opportunities for spending time together become less frequent. Being able to see him everyday, and share in his work experience was very enjoyable and a great memory that I’ll always have. From the beginning we ate lunch together everyday, including our Friday Lunch Out at a local restaurant.
From a work viewpoint, Mason was supporting one of the PE groups (my background) so we had regular discussions about his work, such as Safety, Quality, Capability studies, Process Control, Tool/Jig Design, and why we as Engineers at DENSO perform our jobs in the manner we do. Working as an intern at DMAT gave Mason and I a common context as to what Engineers do in a manufacturing environment. It was also a great chance for him to see what and where I spent the last 22 years of my working life, and get a small understanding of what I do.
What advice would you give him about pursuing a career in Engineering?
Within the engineering discipline, there are nearly limitless career fields to chose from, so don’t just settle for a job. Find a career that your passionate about, one that best utilizes his abilities, and that inspires him to achieve at a high level.
Why did you choose Chemical Engineering?
I chose chemical engineering for a few reasons. First and foremost because I have always been intrigued by chemistry and digging deeper into things on a molecular level. I also find myself taking interest in the problem solving/ constant improvement ideology of engineering.
These aspects drew my focus into chemical engineering but other factors that lead me to major in this field is that the job is extremely versatile. I get to work with emerging technology from at a hands on perspective, as well as the wide variety of companies around the world that hire chemical engineers.
How has your Father influenced your education?
My father has influenced my education by establishing some understanding of the engineering world. My dad being an engineer in itself, is first what attracted me to the field. Another element is that growing up he always included me on small projects of building things around the house or just providing me with activities where I can do hands on work.
This came into play when he was asking me questions of what I was looking for in an occupation. I realized that I wanted something that challenged me as well as being hands on, so engineering was the right mix of these two things.
What is it like to intern at DENSO? And interact with your Father? My experience as an intern is a little different than most interns since I am only working for the summer instead of an entire year. With that being said, I have really enjoyed my experience at DENSO for the short time here. Everyone at DMAT has been very accepting and friendly to me. I value the DENSO work environment and the core values of the company are something I will always look for in future employment. Most importantly I have learned a great deal and gained valuable work experience that I wouldn’t have received in the class room.
Additionally, working my dad has been nice since I am able to talk about the things I am learning with him and I got to learn more about what he does on a daily basis. I would say the funniest thing about working with my dad has to be at least twice a day someone I don’t know will come up to be and say, “Are you John Seavey’s son” or “You look a lot like your dad.”