After restoring a Jeep with his dad in high school, Jared Kline learned he enjoyed the challenges behind a variety of mechanisms, and he wanted to pursue mechanical engineering to better understand the processes behind how they functioned.
Jared, who graduated from Trine University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, now works as a body engineer for Seagrave Fire Apparatus.
Jared became interested in the fire apparatus industry due to the endless engineering opportunities available in that field. In addition, developing products that allow for help in the rescue process is very important to him.
“One of the most rewarding things about this position is that I am providing a vehicle to rescue people in need,” he said.
As a body engineer, Jared starts the design phase by creating a 3-D model of the truck. This includes a layout template for the basis of each side of the fire truck. He makes the necessary adjustments, which vary based upon the customer’s needs. Following this, he incorporates all of the other features the trucks need such as electrical, cab features, and the water pump.
Jared also works with the company on special design projects for other portions of the production process.
Jared says his project and fabrication experiences throughout his classes at Trine helped him succeed in his current position.
“The small class sizes along with engaging classes full of high responsibility were very beneficial,” he said.