Put in the work. The work ethic that you have during college will carry over to the workplace. Employers want engineers who are able to teach themselves, problem solve and deliver results quickly."
What types of work have you performed? What projects have you worked on?
Manufacturing Condensers/Radiators for GM Trucks and Corvettes. Designing HVAC Modules for Corvettes, Trucks and Sonics. Corvette thermal product build support at corvette assembly plant.
What have been some favorite aspects of your work?
Being a part of the launch of awesome vehicles (trucks and corvettes). This job has some perks like free housing, free company cars and getting to drive new vehicles before they are out on the market.
What was one of your most satisfying days as an engineer?
I am currently working on a GM launch program and we are always working on improving plant efficiency by creating both robust product and process improvements. Whenever product changes are decided, they arrive at the plant in buckets. When I had my first bucket of changes, there were over 2 dozen changes on my parts and all solutions were on time and effectively killed our failure mode. It was great to be able to close such a large number of build issues with one bucket of product changes.
Was it worth it? What has your engineering background made possible for you? What value has it added to your overall life?
100% Yes!! I was able to use a lot of the problem solving strategies that I learned while at UB on a daily basis. The work ethic that I built while doing homework so long every day has allowed me to excel in multiple positions I never would have.
What would you say to the freshmen currently sitting in your shoes?
Put in the work. The work ethic that you have during college will carry over to the workplace. Employers want engineers who are able to teach themselves, problem solve and deliver results quickly.