It is important to share knowledge obtained, to support advancement and success in our future Professionals/Engineers.
I have worked in various fields of engineering for the past fifteen years; these fields have encompassed, Drafting, Mechanical Engineering, Process Engineering, Metallurgical Engineers and Quality Engineering. While working full time, I put myself through college to obtain a Bachelor of Science in, Material Science and Engineering. This gave me the opportunity to achieve the position of, Metallurgist, with a company that produces superalloys for aerospace. Within two years, I was promoted to the Quality Assurance and Technology Manager.
My position as, Quality Assurance and Technology Managers, has rewarded me a large array of skills involving: root cause corrective action, failure analysis, product development, process control, interpretation of aerospace specification, evaluating metallurgical testing, risk analysis, microstructure evaluation, internal and external auditing, document control.
Some additional responsibilities owned are:
- Maintaining QMS to AS9100;
- Maintaining external accreditations: GE, Pratt, Safran, DNV GL, Nadcap, Bombardier, GKN Aerospace;
- Managing four departments: Quality, Metallurgical Laboratory, Heat Treatment, Nondestructive Testing;
- Working with customers to improve product for aerospace engine producers;
- Identifying opportunities for improvement and implementation.
Shortly after being awarded my current position, I felt it was my responsibility to expand my skill-set, in order to be a respectable manager and started pursuing an MBA.
My pleasure is to transfer knowledge acquired, from experience, in all aspects of my life. This has lead me to volunteer time to help future engineers and start a quality/engineering reoccurring training, to educate the floor employees at my company, about our products and how they are applied in turbine engines. This joy has driven me to apply for a PhD in Material Science and Engineering, so I my become a professor and prepare our future engineers for what they will encounter.
A decade ago, I tried running and identified that this was very enjoyable. I prefer running long distances, between 18 to 30 miles, over sort and trails over road. At least twice a week you can find me running in the Sierra Nevada. My internal drive is currently pushing me to advance my distance even further into ultra-running and once I have my mind set on a goal, it will be achieved. Running takes a lot of dedication, discipline and determination and I correlate this into my professional life. All you have to do is know where that finish line is, and you will succeed.