"It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time."
– Winston Churchill
To summarize my career path in one word, I'd say it's ERRATIC.
When I was in kindergarten I wanted to be a hair stylist. That way my Mom would let me cut my Barbie dolls' hair without consequence.
When I was in first grade I wanted to win the lottery. My teacher Mrs. Strach often assigned my smarty-pants-self extra credit, but I never did any of it. I didn't want to work a day in my life.
When I was in third grade I started to grow up (just a little) and decided I wanted to be a teacher. I have Mr. LaMont to thank for that - he was superb. He taught me how to write in cursive and for that I am thankful.
When I was in fourth grade I saw Jurassic Park and decided paleontology was my destiny. I did so many school research projects on the topic...
When I was in high school, however, my love for Harry Potter escalated exponentially. My twin Jill and I decided we were going to build Hogwarts one day and open it as a family resort. We spent a lot of our free time drawing schematics of the Castle and its grounds based on information set forth in the books.
It was then that we realized we needed more technical career paths. And so it was decided that one of us would become an architect and the other an engineer. We took technical design courses at our high school with the one-and-only Mr. Kobler and he truly helped us get our start.
After it all, though, we both ended up in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. In April of this year Jill graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering (with an Electrical minor) and I a degree in Electrical Engineering.
But as most of you know, I developed a sincere passion for music journalism throughout my time at school. So much so that I decided to pursue it as a career after graduation instead of engineering. I went to work for Jian Ghomeshi of CBC Radio directly after graduation and was certain the rest would be history.
It proved to be a brief history. One thing led to another which led to another which led to another and after only the one summer in Toronto I returned to the great state of Michigan.
And now, if you can believe it, I am employed by Nissan Motor Company. I am an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) Controls Design Engineer at the Nissan Technical Center of North America. I have a cubicle and a salary and health insurance and a 401(k). Look at me being an adult! Who'd have thought?
Photo by patterbt on flickr.
So what is it that I do at Nissan? Well, you know the buttons and knobs you use to control the temperature and fan speed of air blowing in your car? I contribute to the design and function of those b's and kn's and the logic behind them. It might not seem THAT interesting, but it is honestly FASCINATING. There's so much more to HVAC controls than I ever considered.
Photo from NissanUSA.com.
In actuality, there's so much more to Nissan... to the automotive industry... to engineering in general than I ever considered. And so I propose my next 365-day project: 365 Days of Engineering. Whatever engineering-related news catches my attention during the day, I will share with you! From January 1 to December 31 in the grand year of 2013 I hope to ignite your curiosity into the world of engineering :)
Thanks so much for the support everyone! Unfortunately I have discontinued this 365 Project for the time being. Between the 10+ hours a day I spend at work, the 2+ hours I spend in the car for my commute, and the endless time I spend on all of my personal responsibilities, I don't have enough time to get online every day! Perhaps this can be continued another time...