Brunswick touts progress of technical-career program

Brunswick Corp. said five additional employees were accepted into — or promoted within — the company's Technical Career Path curriculum.
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Brunswick Corp. said five additional employees were accepted into — or promoted within — the company's Technical Career Path curriculum.

The appointments bring to 26 the number of Brunswick product development and engineering employees in the program. The following people have joined or advanced in the Technical Career Path this year:

Fred Herrington, technical specialist in naval architecture for the recreational boat group; Jonathan Flesher, technical specialist in naval architecture for the European boat group; Ryan Solberg, technical associate of electronics technology and software of recreational boat group; Chris Misorski, technical advisor of materials science for Mercury Marine; and Mike Torgerud, technical specialist of fuel systems for Mercury Marine.

Launched in September 2015, Brunswick's Technical Career Path is designed to identify, develop and advance employees with critical technical skills.

The path operates within the PD&E organizations of Brunswick marine and fitness businesses, in parallel with, and as an alternative to, the company's existing more traditional managerial career path, offering similar progression opportunities through multiple salary grade levels.

It is based on the Technical Specialist Program that Mercury Marine has operated for some time. However, the Career Path is significantly enhanced and expanded to better meet the needs of all Brunswick companies, as well as provide additional opportunities both to embark upon, and to progress within, a career in technical leadership and specialization.

Brunswick said it examined technical career path programs in companies such as Ford Motor and John Deere and integrated the findings to ensure that best practices were understood and embodied in the Brunswick program.

"The Technical Career Path Program, believed to be the most comprehensive in the global marine and fitness industries, is designed to first help drive technology and innovation consistent with our strategy to achieve product leadership; but, just as importantly, will help attract, develop, motivate and retain the talent that is so important to supporting our aggressive growth strategy moving forward," Brunswick chief technical officer David Foulkes said in a statement. "We see it as an important element to our maintaining our competitive advantage."

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