Engineer lands dream job in Toledo with GMWritten by Brandi Barhite | Community Ombudsman | firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Babcock grew up in a city known for its roller coasters, but likes the ride Toledo offers better.
“I would like to stay in Toledo,” said the Sandusky area native. “I have been to Chicago and it’s fun, but it’s a big city. Toledo has big-city amenities, but it has a small-town feel.
“There are so many things Toledo is offering; someone who is a young professional can make a mark here,” he said.
Babcock, 29, works at General Motors Powertrain in Toledo as a senior industrial engineer. He is in charge of setting up the assembly line equipment, and he is working with a team of line workers to develop an assembling process to make six-speed rear-wheel drive.
“The people who help make it get a say in how to assemble it,” Babcock said of the progressive method. “The reason that it is so very important is because they are doing it every day. They learn so much more; to communicate back to us; it really empowers the people.”
Heather King, Babcock’s former supervisor at GM before he was promoted, lauded the Sanduskian for his skills.
“He is a natural leader and he is very dedicated,” King said. “He is still a young guy, but I think he is going to be very successful.”
Babcock earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a minor in business administration from UT. He is working toward his master’s in business administration.
“I had grown to like the community while I was going to school,” he said.
The unmarried Babcock could have returned to the Sandusky area to work because of Delphi and Automotive Components Holdings, but he wanted to work in Toledo and in the Powertrain family.
“When I looked around, I decided I wanted to live in the city,” Babcock said. “I like the prices in Toledo. Frankly, I found some very nice neighborhoods in Toledo. The neighborhood that I live in is quiet, and people take pride in their homes.”
While Babcock still makes the occasional trip to Sandusky for some homecooking, he finds more to do in Toledo than in Sandusky. He and his friends usually go out a few nights per week. The Blarney Irish Pub and Doc Watson’s are among the favorites. He’s also in a bowling league.
“I have actually never hurt for entertainment in this city,” he said.
Friend Don O’Connor, who met Babcock in college, works for the City of Toledo as a civil engineer.
“Brian didn’t grow up here and he still likes it,” O’Connor said. “He is enthusiastic about living here while some people are just like, ‘Yeah, I live here.’ ”
Even though he is not native to Toledo, his commitment to the city shows that this community has something to offer people whose family is based elsewhere, he said.
“He’s smart, a good worker, is involved and invested in the community,” O’Connor said.