So You Want to Be an Engineer? –Miranda Toy, Bel Floratine

Our class selfie with Ms. JO and the finished sofa!

Our class selfie with Ms. JO and the finished sofa!

Hi everyone! Hope all is well, things are starting to heat up here in Texas. I’m sad to announce that this will be my last blog post for Project VENTURA. This project and all of the girls have come such a long way, it’ll definitely be hard to part. Last week the carpet was placed down (though it still needs to be sealed) and the couch was finished!! All of it was so exciting–the engineering gals took a picture on the (almost) finished product. I cannot believe it is nearing the end of May and soon the Airstream will be complete. It feels like just yesterday we were disappointingly looking at the interior of the trailer, all wondering how in the world we were going to transform it into a commons area. The good news is that none of the engineering students will have to say goodbye to the trailer because Ms. JO was talking about allowing us to have study groups in it occasionally and possibly engineering “parties”.

Going through Project VENTURA has introduced us all to a wide variety of engineering fields. This has definitely helped me in choosing fields that suit me and others that do not. Today I’m going to end our journey with a brief list of different engineering pathways and how they related to Project VENTURA. All of my information comes from the All Job Openings website. If there was a particular part of the project that you especially enjoyed, take a look at which field relates the most to it.

While designing circuits and learning about AC/DC systems, the class got a look at the job of an electrical engineer. Not to get confused with electronic engineers (those who design GPS systems, music players, etc), electrical engineer’s job deals with creating and maintaining lighting/wiring systems, electrical motors, and power generators. We did this mostly at the beginning of the school year when we drew circuit diagrams of the trailer from last year. Also, later in December the class took more notes on AC/DC systems, determining solar panel details. Matt and Mariah refreshed us in the spring once more in their presentation to the class.

Remember this? Going back to December, working on the 3D model! Photo creds to Meredith

Remember this? Going back to December, working on the 3D model! Photo creds to Meredith

You could say that the majority of Project VENTURA involved industrial engineering. However, more specifically the 3D models and furniture design incorporated mainly this field. The job of an industrial engineer is to not only increase the productivity of a business, but also to reduce waste materials. When making the floor plan of the commons area, the groups had to keep in mind that everything going in had to serve one, if not multiple purposes since we dealt with a limited amount of space–while remaining as eco-friendly as possible (this could also go with architects). The same thing with the furniture; it was very important that we used minimal materials to save trees (and the environment) and not waste money.

Personally, I would most likely choose the industrial engineer path as opposed to electrical engineering. However, someone like Ally (who is naturally talented at electrical systems) may prefer to be an electrical engineer. We all have our different strengths and weaknesses that influence what our interests are. Having the engineering pathway (and the other pathways) is incredible because it encourages women to go into fields that have not normally welcomed them. Watch out world, here comes a new generation of women leaders.

The wonderful Bel Floratine team. We still have issues taking group photos (see our team pic). Photo creds to Sierra!

The wonderful Bel Floratine team. We still have issues taking group photos (see our team pic). Photo creds to Sierra!

 

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