“I knew from my early teenage years I wanted to be a part of Mechanical Engineering,” Sean Treacy told the Derby College Alumni Team. Today, Sean has forged an impressive career path for himself, with the support of a Derby College.
“I achieved my ultimate career goal this year,” said Sean.
Sean Treacy embarked on his engineering career with one of the most prestigious names in the industry, Rolls-Royce.
“The Rolls-Royce and Derby College Mechanical Engineering program helped me define my career path,” said Sean. “It helped me understand the importance of knowing both the practical and theory side of mechanical engineering.”
After graduating from Derby College, Sean worked as a Field Service Engineer for Rolls-Royce until 1993, before moving to a Customer Support role within the company. He was promoted to Customer Services Director at Rolls-Royce in 2006, and moved to Reston, Virginia in Washington DC.
Two years’ later, Sean became GSP Sales General Manager for Pratt & Whitney, a world leader in aviation and aerospace engineering and manufacturing. Pratt & Whitney’s large commercial engines power more than 25 percent of the world’s mainline passenger fleet, as well as supplying military aircraft.
In 2010, Sean moved to MSS, a division of Meggitt plc, to take on the role of Global Customer Support. He climbed quickly to Director of Sales and Customer Support at Wyman Gordon, a global leader in the design, manufacture and assembly of aviation and aerospace components.
Finally, after working as the Vice President of Sales at Precision Holdings, an Oil and Energy company, Sean was made President and CEO.
It is this that Sean considers the pinnacle of his career. “Earlier this year I was promoted to President and CEO of a private held company, we have over 300 employees across three sites in the USA,” said Sean.
Sean has admitted that one of the biggest struggles of his career has been “managing [his] work/life balance,” but clearly, he has reaped the rewards of his hard work.
Finally, we asked our Mechanical Engineering alumnus if he had any advice for other students hoping to find similar success in his industry. He said: “Keep your options open, avoid getting pigeon-holed into one area early on, and you’ll be able to take advantage of more opportunities.”