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Employee Spotlight – Brandon Hart

2018-05-17


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Meet Brandon Hart, Controls System Engineer within our Active Safety Diagnostics team at GM Canada.

 

1)    How long have you been at GM and what is your current role?

I’ve been at GM since August 2016. I’m currently a Controls System Engineer. I write diagnostic software for our Active Safety vehicles, like the CT6 with Supercruise.

2)    What brought you to GM for your career?

I’ve always been interested in cars, so I joined my University’s Formula Hybrid team. At the 2016 competition, I met Scott Calnek and Regan Dixon. They informed me GM was hiring and looking for people like me. I jumped at the chance to work in the automotive industry and moved across the country for the position. Haven’t looked back since!

3)    What is the best part about your job?

The people. I love my coworkers, we all get along well and do really cool work together. I’m constantly learning from them and being pushed to be a better person and engineer; every day is an adventure and I love it.

4)    What’s your favourite GM vehicle?

In history? ’58 Corvette. I find it beautiful and the perfect ‘go for a cruise with the top down’ vehicle. A close second would be the ‘63, split window and all. Those cars can look MEAN. Current production? Probably the ZL1 1LE. It’s just insane what we can do with the Alpha platform, and that’s probably the ultimate car on it. It’s ridiculous in the best way with respect to looks, performance, power… It performs just as well as many production vehicles many times its price around any track. I love that we can and do sell it.

5)    If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

Probably Iceland. The views, the people, it all seems too good to be true. I need to go see it firsthand.

6)    What do you do on your free time?

In terms of sports, I like to play volleyball and go rock climbing. Beach volleyball is definitely the best form of the sport – sun, fresh air, and a soft surface to land on; my diving form is terrible and the sand stops me from hurting after! Climbing is a fun mental challenge as much as it is a physical one, and the people I climb with are always a laugh.

Otherwise, I enjoy taking my dog for walks and chilling on the couch watching tv or playing some videogames.

7)    What’s the last thing you watched on tv?

The Jets/Predators game. Happy to see a Canadian team go through, but I feel bad for some of the Predators that didn’t have such a good night, like Rinne. I have been watching Season 9 of Archer as well when my PVR records it; I have no idea when it airs and love the show. Need to catch up on Agents of SHIELD though!

8)    What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you recently?

Probably winding my dog up so much that sprinting with her wasn’t enough of an energy outlet – she’d zig zag at full speed in front of me, reach the end of the leash and jump and spin 360 degrees, land, and run the other way and do it again. This continued five or six times before I had to stop from laughing at the spectacle.