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MFGis: Ashley Buchner

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Name: Ashley Buchner

Industry: Automotive

Location: Midwest


Ashley Buchner: Engineering since age 3

Fun fact: Ashley has a deep passion for music and was in her school bands, playing the trombone for seven years. Her senior year of high school, she was in wind ensemble, jazz ensemble and marching band.

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What is one of your first memories related to manufacturing?
My mom tells a story about when I was 3 years old… We had a kitchen table that had a leaf attachment with screws and fasteners. My mom found me with a screwdriver, taking it apart – fortunately, she discovered what I was doing right before the leaf fell on me. My mom says she knew, then and there, that I was going to be an engineer.

My mom says she knew, then and there, that I was going to be an engineer.


What do you have to say about the perception that manufacturing is dark, dirty and dangerous?
Try again. There is so much more to manufacturing – you can’t even imagine how much technology is out there.

What are some characteristics you look for in an engineer when you’re interviewing candidates?
That’s an interesting recipe. When I am looking at fresh, new talent, I look for a few things:

  • Curiosity
  • Quirkiness
  • People who want to make things “work.”
  • If they’ve got the drive to make a change.

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What advice do you have for someone pursuing degrees related to STEM?
At a young age, we’re exposed to so much. There are so many opportunities out there – never stop asking questions and being curious. If you want to learn, the limit is what you set it to be.

There are so many opportunities out there – never stop asking questions and being curious.


What is the most important lesson you can offer, as a mentor?
If you’re not doing what you want to do, you’re not living your life to the fullest.



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