Mechanical Engineer, 2009
I graduated in August of 2009, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. I thank all of the teachers at Arkansas Tech who helped me through the experience, especially the ones in the Engineering and Mathematics Departments.
I learned very quickly that you study as much as you can, when you can. And it made a difference! I graduated at a terrible time in the economy. We were in a recession, and job hunting was hard. I had a small miracle happen, though. I was checking my email one day, and saw an opportunity at Hytrol Conveyor Co., Inc. as a Configuration Design Engineering Intern. I applied. They saw something special in my resume, and 3 days later I received a call for an interview. Jonesboro was a trek from Russellville, but I knew I had to make some sacrifices to be the engineer that I wanted to be. So I moved my family to a beautiful part of the state of Arkansas to join the Hytrol family.
Hytrol Conveyor Company, Inc. is regarded as an industry expert in automated material handling solutions. With operations in the United States and Mexico, Hytrol is the largest conveyor manufacturer in North America. Employee own, and founded in 1947 by Tom Loberg, Hytrol employs over 700 people and serves customers throughout the world. As an intern at Hytrol, I received training in Inventor and an automation program called Intent. My job was to convert 2D drawings to 3D models and help the Configuration Design Engineers as they were programming to automate parts. In March of 2010, I was hired full time. As a Configuration Design Engineer, my job was to program parameters of parts and assemblies to make them drivable. As a graduate, I never knew that I would enjoy programming so much, and actually be good at it! That is what I love about my job. I am able to merge two mind-sets together, and create something amazing! On May 20, 2013, I was promoted to Engineering Team leader of Configuration Design. As I think back, I never knew this story would lead in this direction, but with a lot of hard work and guidance from leaders in the industry, it became possible. I am truly blessed.