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MANUFACTURING ENGINEER: The Problem With Being Afraid To Think Big

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Peter, a manufacturing engineer, works with manufacturers to improve their processes and to take their products from conception to delivery. His job entails taking a print of what a manufacturer needs built and outlining the equipment and exact process that is needed to create this product. He tells us that he wishes he would have really gone for the jobs that he thought would have made him happy right out of college instead of thinking too small geographically and career wise.

Degree: Business Administration, Management and Operations - Mechanical Engineering
Job Title: Manufacturing Engineer

Job Summary: Mechanical Engineers

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Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

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Creativity, Mathematical skills, Problem solving skills, Detail oriented, Technical skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

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m='16460'>you</span> <span m='16570'>need</span> <span m='16750'>a</span> <span m='16800'>process</span> <span m='17380'>to</span> <span m='17470'>build</span> <span m='17720'>it,</span> <span m='18830'>you</span> <span m='18930'>need</span> <span m='19090'>to</span> <span m='19140'>buy</span> <span m='19360'>materials</span> <span m='20600'>to</span> <span m='20740'>build</span> <span m='21030'>it</span> <span m='21120'>from,</span> <span m='22330'>and</span> <span m='22470'>you</span> <span m='22530'>need</span> <span m='22680'>equipment</span> <span m='23460'>to</span> <span m='23840'>put</span> <span m='23990'>it</span> <span m='24070'>all</span> <span m='24200'>together.</span> <span m='25160'>And</span> <span m='25390'>I</span> <span m='25990'>work</span> <span m='26460'>with</span> <span m='26700'>manufacturers</span> <span m='27560'>to</span> <span m='27690'>do</span> <span m='27900'>all</span> <span m='28120'>of</span> <span m='28220'>those</span> <span m='28470'>things</span> <span m='28880'>as</span> <span m='29030'>efficiently</span> <span m='29550'>as</span> <span m='29670'>possible.</span> </p><p><span m='31120'>On a</span> <span m='31290'>typical</span> <span m='31630'>day,</span> <span m='32270'>I'll</span> <span m='32470'>get</span> <span m='32610'>a</span> <span m='32670'>manufacturer's</span> <span m='33760'>print,</span> <span m='34740'>drawing,</span> <span m='35610'>of</span> <span m='35740'>what</span> <span m='36000'>they</span> <span m='36100'>need</span> <span m='36340'>built.</span> <span m='37040'>It will</span> <span m='37260'>have a</span> <span m='37520'>bill of</span> <span m='37800'>materials</span> <span m='38810'>that</span> <span m='39010'>says,</span> <span m='39710'>I</span> <span m='39730'>need</span> <span m='40800'>this,</span> <span m='41156'>this,</span> <span m='41512'>this,</span> <span m='41870'>and</span> <span m='42000'>this.</span> <span m='42800'>I</span> <span m='42920'>will</span> <span m='43070'>then</span> <span m='43330'>figure</span> <span m='43650'>out</span> <span m='44020'>where</span> <span m='44330'>to</span> <span m='44490'>buy</span> <span m='44800'>that</span> <span m='45130'>as</span> <span m='45680'>cost</span> <span m='46050'>effectively</span> <span m='46530'>as</span> <span m='46650'>possible.</span> <span m='48010'>And</span> <span m='48070'>then</span> <span m='48240'>it</span> <span m='48390'>will</span> <span m='48710'>show</span> <span m='49050'>me</span> <span m='49580'>how</span> <span m='50090'>those</span> <span m='50480'>materials</span> <span m='50920'>need to be</span> <span m='51230'>put</span> <span m='51390'>together</span> <span m='51890'>dimensionally.</span> <span m='54130'>And</span> <span m='54300'>that</span> <span m='54480'>will</span> <span m='54590'>lead</span> <span m='54780'>to</span> <span m='54880'>a</span> <span m='54940'>process</span> <span m='55720'>that</span> <span m='55860'>is</span> <span m='55970'>required.</span> <span m='56470'>And</span> <span m='56875'>I will</span> <span m='57280'>identify that</span> <span m='57700'>process,</span> <span m='58095'>and then</span> <span m='58490'>I will</span> <span m='58976'>quote</span> <span m='59462'>equipment</span> <span m='60434'>that</span> <span m='60920'>will</span> <span m='61410'>perform</span> <span m='62010'>that</span> <span m='62240'>process</span> <span m='62960'>and</span> <span m='63320'>allow</span> <span m='63580'>the</span> <span m='63670'>manufacturer</span> <span m='63994'>to</span> <span m='64319'>take</span> <span m='64620'>that</span> <span m='64830'>print</span> <span m='65670'>and</span> <span m='66060'>those</span> <span m='66270'>materials</span> <span m='66615'>and</span> <span m='66960'>create a</span> <span m='67370'>product.</span> </p><p><span m='68600'>I</span> <span m='69090'>got</span> <span m='69390'>a</span> <span m='69490'>high</span> <span m='69590'>school</span> <span m='69710'>degree,</span> <span m='70840'>went</span> <span m='71050'>to</span> <span m='71150'>college,</span> <span m='71505'>got</span> <span m='71860'>a</span> <span m='72100'>mechanical</span> <span m='72550'>engineering</span> <span m='73730'>bachelors</span> <span m='74530'>degree</span> <span m='75060'>with</span> <span m='75260'>a</span> <span m='75320'>minor</span> <span m='75650'>in</span> <span m='75820'>business</span> <span m='76210'>administration.</span> <span m='78122'>I</span> <span m='78600'>contemplated</span> <span m='79350'>going</span> <span m='79600'>to</span> <span m='79660'>graduate</span> <span m='80140'>school.</span> <span m='80600'>I</span> <span m='80620'>decided</span> <span m='81070'>I</span> <span m='81120'>would</span> <span m='81650'>go</span> <span m='81960'>and</span> <span m='82060'>take</span> <span m='82260'>a</span> <span m='82340'>co-op</span> <span m='82810'>job</span> <span m='83180'>my</span> <span m='83370'>junior</span> <span m='83715'>year of</span> <span m='84060'>college</span> <span m='84880'>and</span> <span m='85040'>work</span> <span m='85270'>for</span> <span m='85400'>a</span> <span m='85440'>company</span> <span m='85950'>in</span> <span m='86040'>the</span> <span m='86140'>real</span> <span m='86330'>world.</span> <span m='87240'>That</span> <span m='87450'>led</span> <span m='87690'>me</span> <span m='87840'>into</span> <span m='88110'>a</span> <span m='88250'>little</span> <span m='88480'>different</span> <span m='89550'>career</span> <span m='89860'>path</span> <span m='90230'>than</span> <span m='90350'>mechanical</span> <span m='90820'>engineering,</span> <span m='92060'>and</span> <span m='92360'>I did</span> <span m='92690'>project</span> <span m='93180'>management,</span> <span m='93890'>which</span> <span m='94070'>is</span> <span m='94170'>essentially</span> <span m='94660'>what</span> <span m='94810'>I</span> <span m='94850'>described</span> <span m='95145'>to you</span> <span m='95440'>earlier,</span> <span m='96450'>except</span> <span m='96640'>that I</span> <span m='96720'>didn't</span> <span m='96970'>do</span> <span m='97120'>it</span> <span m='97190'>in</span> <span m='97310'>manufacturing.</span> <span m='97780'>I</span> <span m='98250'>did it in</span> <span m='98704'>construction.</span> </p><p><span m='100520'>Over</span> <span m='100750'>time,</span> <span m='101750'>because</span> <span m='102110'>I</span> <span m='102200'>moved</span> <span m='102610'>around</span> <span m='102850'>the</span> <span m='102930'>country</span> <span m='103300'>a little</span> <span m='103660'>bit,</span> <span m='104210'>I</span> <span m='104330'>decided</span> <span m='104950'>to</span> <span m='106600'>relocate</span> <span m='107210'>back</span> <span m='107410'>to</span> <span m='107550'>my</span> <span m='107710'>hometown.</span> <span m='109025'>And</span> <span m='109280'>I</span> <span m='109330'>actually</span> <span m='109690'>found</span> <span m='109990'>a</span> <span m='110030'>job</span> <span m='110360'>in</span> <span m='110480'>manufacturing</span> <span m='111330'>that</span> <span m='111460'>allows</span> <span m='111870'>me</span> <span m='112000'>to</span> <span m='112170'>use</span> <span m='112610'>my</span> <span m='112800'>degree,</span> <span m='113700'>but</span> <span m='113890'>it</span> <span m='114000'>took</span> <span m='114300'>about</span> <span m='114750'>10</span> <span m='114990'>years</span> <span m='115360'>for</span> <span m='115480'>me</span> <span m='115590'>to</span> <span m='115670'>do</span> <span m='115860'>that.</span> <span m='116840'>So</span> <span m='117750'>now</span> <span m='118660'>I</span> <span m='118780'>essentially</span> <span m='119630'>am</span> <span m='119770'>using</span> <span m='120060'>my</span> <span m='120610'>education</span> <span m='121830'>in</span> <span m='122040'>my</span> <span m='122230'>day-to-day</span> <span m='122510'>activities.</span> </p><p><span m='124900'>Looking</span> <span m='125200'>back</span> <span m='125530'>on</span> <span m='125640'>my</span> <span m='126210'>career</span> <span m='126520'>path,</span> <span m='127470'>I</span> <span m='127560'>think</span> <span m='128139'>when</span> <span m='128280'>I</span> <span m='128350'>was</span> <span m='128520'>finishing</span> <span m='128860'>college,</span> <span m='129490'>what</span> <span m='129620'>I</span> <span m='129660'>would</span> <span m='129830'>do</span> <span m='129940'>differently</span> <span m='130880'>is</span> <span m='131039'>I</span> <span m='131130'>would</span> <span m='131300'>have</span> <span m='131620'>really</span> <span m='132130'>gone</span> <span m='132420'>after</span> <span m='132790'>the</span> <span m='133020'>jobs</span> <span m='133720'>that</span> <span m='134380'>I</span> <span m='134500'>knew</span> <span m='134770'>would</span> <span m='134930'>have</span> <span m='135130'>made</span> <span m='135430'>me</span> <span m='135550'>happy</span> <span m='137990'>within</span> <span m='138260'>my</span> <span m='138380'>career</span> <span m='138710'>field.</span> <span m='139110'>I</span> <span m='139140'>would</span> <span m='139300'>have</span> <span m='139430'>looked</span> <span m='139680'>for</span> <span m='140220'>the</span> <span m='140590'>bigger</span> <span m='141070'>manufacturers,</span> <span m='141950'>the</span> <span m='142000'>guys</span> <span m='142340'>doing</span> <span m='142650'>things</span> <span m='143560'>that</span> <span m='143720'>I</span> <span m='143810'>thought</span> <span m='144150'>were</span> <span m='144220'>bold</span> <span m='144660'>and</span> <span m='144770'>creative,</span> <span m='145400'>and</span> <span m='145540'>I</span> <span m='145600'>would</span> <span m='145750'>have</span> <span m='145840'>tried</span> <span m='146090'>to</span> <span m='146130'>be</span> <span m='146260'>a part</span> <span m='146570'>of</span> <span m='146660'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='147500'>I</span> <span m='147610'>think</span> <span m='147880'>I</span> <span m='147930'>thought</span> <span m='148320'>a</span> <span m='148380'>little</span> <span m='148600'>too</span> <span m='148770'>small</span> <span m='149125'>when</span> <span m='149480'>I</span> <span m='150250'>was</span> <span m='150550'>getting</span> <span m='150790'>out</span> <span m='150920'>of</span> <span m='151050'>college,</span> <span m='151660'>whether</span> <span m='151840'>it</span> <span m='151880'>was</span> <span m='152010'>geographically</span> <span m='153220'>or</span> <span m='153620'>career</span> <span m='153910'>wise.</span> <span m='154830'>And</span> <span m='155810'>looking</span> <span m='156080'>back,</span> <span m='156470'>I</span> <span m='156600'>just</span> <span m='156900'>think</span> <span m='157310'>I</span> <span m='157430'>would</span> <span m='157630'>have</span> <span m='157940'>latched</span> <span m='158310'>on</span> <span m='158580'>and</span> <span m='158850'>focused</span> <span m='159430'>in</span> <span m='159570'>college</span> <span m='160030'>on</span> <span m='160190'>what</span> <span m='160320'>I</span> <span m='160440'>really</span> <span m='160730'>wanted</span> <span m='161040'>to</span> <span m='161100'>do</span> <span m='161500'>and</span> <span m='161840'>pursued</span> <span m='162115'>that</span> <span m='162810'>regardless</span> <span m='163440'>of</span> <span m='163670'>the</span> <span m='163810'>challenges</span> <span m='165400'>involved</span> <span m='165920'>in</span> <span m='166010'>doing</span> <span m='166500'>it.</span> <span m='167610'>I'm</span> <span m='167770'>happy</span> <span m='168060'>where</span> <span m='168260'>I</span> <span m='168300'>got,</span> <span m='169080'>but</span> <span m='169220'>I</span> <span m='169300'>think</span> <span m='169520'>I</span> <span m='169550'>could</span> <span m='169700'>have</span> <span m='169810'>got</span> <span m='170010'>there</span> <span m='170180'>quicker</span> <span m='170480'>had I</span> <span 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