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AUBURN HILLS >> Students from the 4 H Tech Wizards mentoring program saw Wednesday where careers in science, technology, engineering and math can lead at Faurecia, a French automotive supplier that s one of the world s largest.
Job opportunities in STEM science, technology, engineering and math fields are expected to grow 17 percent by 2018, with an estimated 123 million STEM based jobs existing in the United States by 2020, said Nick Endrud, president of Faurecia s automotive seating division.
Understanding technology is . the backbone of our economy, Endrud said to the roughly 40 elementary and middle school students visiting from the Michigan State University Extention s mentoring program.
The 4 H Tech Wizards program is offered throughout Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties. Many of the students at Faurecia on Wednesday were the children of military service members being mentored in partnership with the Detroit Army Youth Programs.
One student asked what Faurecia is doing to be an environmentally responsible company, and Endrud explained that the supplier can contribute to more fuel efficient cars by designing lightweight components, such as seats.
If a car is lighter without being any less safe, we ve helped.
Faurecia displayed nearly three dozen weight and fuel saving exhaust, interior and structural parts during this year s North American International Auto Show.
Jason Patton, 12, a student at Anchor Bay Middle School South in New Baltimore, was among those touring research and design labs at the auto supplier Wednesday.
At Faurecia, Patton saw all the ideas people have and how it all comes together (in cars on the road), he said.
More than 700 employees work at Faurecia s new North American headquarters, which opened last year in Auburn Hills near Interstate 75 and University Drive. The company has 100,000 employees internationally and operates in 34 countries.
Trim Engineer Stacy Kuchlbauer said she was unsure in college of what career path to take until a friend who designed automotive textiles offered to mentor her.
I found my niche, Kuchlbauer said. It was everything I wanted to do, but I hadn t realized it was an actual job.
During a tour of a pilot building lab, 11 year old Devon Hill said he was learning how cars and their components work.
(I learned) how air bags work and how they help you, said Hill, a fifth grader at Merritt Academy in New Haven.
Vice President of Engineering Tony Kmeid shared the story of his advancement in the industry with the visiting students, and took questions with the first being how to pronounce the company s name.
A Lebanese immigrant, Kmeid worked at Boeing, Honda and Johnson Controls before coming to Faurecia. His childhood goal was to design the world s best airplane, and he went on to work on the Boeing 777 with Alan Mulally, who would later become the CEO of Ford.