As I approach the end of my college career, I still hope to gain a few skills in my final courses. Primarily, I hope to gain a thorough understanding of system assembly as my senior design team begins to manufacture and assemble our massive GE senior project. I think this process will be very eye opening for me, as I have never worked on a project this large and with this many moving parts. Our budget increased immensely the past couple of months, and I really want to see what the final product is going to look like after all of our hard work. I think that this experience will give me insight into the logistics of a massive mechanical engineering assembly project, which is something I haven’t learned thus far.
I am also enrolled in a business minor senior capstone course, where our team is tasked with creating a full length business plan for a hypothetical business. This business plan will include marketing objectives, financial analysis, industry analysis, operations, and a few other types of reports. I am very curious to see how our final plan comes out, and I hope this course provides me with a realistic startup experience.
I actually accepted an offer for my first job earlier this week. I will be working for Raytheon in Denver as a systems engineer. I hope this opportunity provides me with valuable engineering experiences that also have large societal and military impacts. I am not yet 100% informed of my initial job responsibilities, but I am really looking forward to an exciting career with Raytheon.
Long term, I hope to migrate to more of a business / management type role within an engineering organization. While I enjoy many aspects of technical work, I believe that I really thrive when I need to solve complex business problems and work with many different people. After a couple of years working as an engineer, I will reevaluate my current situation and make sure that I am still on the right path to achieve my long term career goals.