With Work Ethic, a Commitment to Learning and a Solid Support Network, Jimi Tjong Uncovers How he’s Driven Success over a nearly Four-Decade Career

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Ford Motor Company’s Powertrain Engineering Research and Development Centre (PERDC) is nestled just across the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario, with operations being led for more than two decades by manager and technical leader Jimi Tjong. In this role, Jimi is responsible for managing a diverse group of highly skilled employees, each bringing different technical qualifications that solidify Ford’s position as a global automotive technology leader.

From engineers, to technicians, to skill trades, Jimi oversees all projects being carried out by the PERDC on a day-to-day basis. His position requires being highly detailed and having a thorough technical understanding of vehicles from the inside out. The innovation delivered by the research and development centre enables Ford to bring the most cutting-edge products to market.

Whether managing internal combustion engine research and enhanced fuel economy projects, improving engine performance and working on reducing material costs, developing electric motors and researching and testing surface coating for friction reduction, or even producing thermal barriers and applications for artificial intelligence, Jimi’s scope is vast and highly technical in nature.

Having been with Ford for more than 36 years, Jimi has held several positions within the company. In 1984, after earning his Master of Applied Science degree from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Jimi began working at Ford Motor Company’s Windsor site as a plant design engineer. He later moved on to various roles including unit supervisor, section supervisor and team manager, before settling into his current job.  

Endlessly dedicated to improving his performance and always looking for a new challenge to advance his skillset, Jimi has completed a number of academic programs while working at Ford Motor Company. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Windsor. Jimi has also completed executive training courses at two prestigious U.S. business schools – the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and the Sloan Business School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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