Brooke Carr
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Caterpillar Inc.


“Manufacturing is fast paced, dynamic, and an ever-changing industry that affects the lives of everyone around the world. Innovation is encouraged and celebrated in the field of manufacturing which continues to fuel my passion for process improvement and process development.”


Within the Caterpillar Aurora facility, Brooke is the Manufacturing Engineering Manager for the Assembly Department. There, she leads a team of 18 engineers and provides technical direction for the final assembly of more than 40 Caterpillar models. Brooke was essential in leading the implementation and change management of a new process to paint before assembly. That change drove a reduction of 42 percent in lead time for the post assembly process.

Brooke was also the first Safety Manufacturing Engineer at the plant. She provided the governance model and defined operational definitions for the metrics of each New Product Introduction Readiness process, resulting in better visibility of progress and potential issues to be resolved prior to any major problems.

Mentoring high school and college students on potential manufacturing careers has been a passion of Brooke’s. She has been the guest speaker at several Illinois schools and advocated the importance of STEM fields of study. Brooke has been a presenter at the NSBE national convention where she spoke to students and manufacturing professionals on the impacts of quality defects in the manufacturing process. She also actively mentors internal candidates for Caterpillar, including at least two rotational development engineers per year.

Brooke served on the United Way planning team and volunteered to be the chair for the Community Day activities. In that role, she planned community service activities for over 150 Caterpillar Aurora employees and their families. She also reached out to local United Way programs to coordinate volunteering opportunities, led the sign-up campaign and planned a kick off breakfast for all participants. Brooke is an active participant in the Caterpillar African American Network and was the networking chairperson for two years where she coordinated mobile food pantries in the local Aurora community and team outing to the Feed My Starving Children non-profit organization. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., National Society of Black Engineers and the Women’s Initiative Network.

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