My name is Emily, and I am a Designer-Drafter at DCI in St. Cloud.
What hobbies or school activities sparked your interest?
I was on the FIRST Robotics team in high school, and I liked it very much. I also liked my Inventor class in high school, and I worked in the garage with my dad (he was a truck driver).
How did you make the decision to pursue your education and career in manufacturing?
I talked with my mom and dad, and I searched for Inventor classes. I found St. Cloud Technical & Community College’s Mechanical Design program. I came to an informational session, talked with one of the faculty, and signed up for classes.
What do you enjoy about working in manufacturing?
I like the challenge, variety, and the friendly work environment. I also like working on the shop floor with other employees. I enjoy going to work each day; I have good co-workers and a close family environment at work.
What advice would you give high school students?
Not all are dirty jobs in manufacturing, in fact, there are wide variety of jobs.
Take some Project Lead the Way classes.
Also, know that you can study for two years to start your career, especially if you are unsure what an engineer does. I did not have to attend college for four years to find a career I like and make a living.
What did you like about your educational program?
I liked all the Parametric modeling classes and the hands-on experience in basic welding and machining classes. I also enjoyed using a router, lathe, and CNC plasma cutter as well as being a member of the American Design Drafting Association. All in all, it was a great two-year experience.