Year of Graduation: 2013
Why did you choose mechanical engineering?
Mechanical Engineering was suggested to me by individuals who thought I was good at building and fixing things with my hands and could understand how mechanical systems work by looking at them. Even though mechanical engineering wasn’t my first choice, after enrolling at UW-Platteville and participating in classes, I realized that this field was for me. It uses logic, rather than subjective reasoning and it was challenging. There are also a wide variety of career paths one can choose with this degree.
What are your favorite subjects?
My elective class, biomedical engineering is one of most interesting classes I’ve had thus far. It connects the dots between the human body and concepts you learn in engineering. As a whole you start to realize what an engineering marvel the human body is.
Also, thermodynamics has always interested me because it illustrates the transfer of energy. You can apply it to everything in the world around you. It certainly contains challenging concepts, but they are interesting.
What would you like to do with your degree? What would be your dream job?
The best thing about mechanical engineering is that it is very broad. You could go into design, manufacturing, biomedical, research, materials and much more. My path will be in manufacturing. I will primarily be on the manufacturing floor supporting production. However, after a few years in industry I have a goal to go back to school to pursue a master’s and possibly a PhD in engineering, specifically biomedical.
Did you go on co-op or study abroad? If so, what can you tell us about the experience?
I had two cooperative education experiences and one internship, each with a different company. All were invaluable experiences. Each one taught me what I liked and what I didn’t like about the different positions I held. You hone in on your people skills and realize what you want to do and more importantly, what you don’t want to do after graduation. I highly recommend co-ops to every incoming student. Yes, you may push your graduation date out by one semester, but the experience is worth it.
Do you have any advice for incoming students?
In addition to getting a co-op, I highly encourage incoming students to look into an international experience early on in their college career. After hearing the amazing stories from other students about their experiences in a different country, it makes me wish I had done the same!
Also, try to refrain from having too much fun in the first couple semesters. Learn how to study and get good grades in your freshman and sophomore years. This will give you a GPA “cushion” so when you get to those really hard classes, you will be less stressed about trying to maintain your GPA and more focused on learning the material.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
I feel that UW-Platteville provides numerous opportunities for students to improve themselves and get them ready for industry. The College of Engineering especially does a great job making those opportunities known to the students. There were a couple of times I had questioned my choice, but as I am about to graduate, I do not regret it at all. The world opens its doors to mechanical engineers!