Feb. 8, 2021
As a child, Leah Albietz loved cars. At age 13, she started drag racing and joined the National Hot Rod Association.
Being around the automotive industry for most of her life, she was naturally drawn to mechanical engineering as a career choice. Albietz came to the University of Missouri and graduated with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering in May 2020.
“I really have a passion for the industry,” Albietz said. “Obviously with mechanical engineering you’re talking a lot about engines, thermal dynamics, heat transfer and more.”
Now a part of General Motors’ Technical Rotation and Career Knowledge (TRACK) program, Albietz is learning technical skills while building interpersonal skills and growing her networks.
“It’s really cool that I get to work in a big global environment and that I get to network with a lot of people,” Albietz said. “Keeping safety and customer satisfaction at the top of your task list is important.”
Part of her networking includes encouraging other Mizzou engineers to get involved both in and out of the classroom. “Get involved in Mizzou Engineering groups, but also outside of engineering,” she said. “Being in groups helped me develop really good communication and leadership skills, which make you stand out as an engineer in the hiring process.”