Michael Mikula, chief engineer for Advanced Manufacturing at Ford Motor Co., will give the keynote address at The ASSEMBLY Show, which will be held October 22-24 in Rosemont, Ill. During his keynote presentation, Mikula will discuss how Ford is using state-of-the-art production tools and processes to make the vehicles of tomorrow.
Mikula joined Ford in 1993 as a process engineer and was selected to participate in its four-year Manufacturing Leadership Program in 1997. He then held a series of management positions at Ford, overseeing the $1.6 billion overhaul of manufacturing processes at four different plants to introduce Ford’s EcoBoost engine in 2006 and helping Ford’s Van Dyke manufacturing plant increase production from 800,000 units to 1.8 million units per year from 2009 to 2012.
In October 2017, Mikula was named global chief engineer for manufacturing system and infrastructure at Ford. In this role, he oversaw the manufacturing processes for engines, transmissions, axles, batteries, and motors across the globe, playing a critical part in the introduction of next-generation electrical and hybrid technologies. He was named to his current post in August 2018.