Getting Their Bearings: Mechanical Engineers In Action

THE WORK IS VARIED, AS ARE THE INDUSTRIES THAT REQUIRE THEIR SKILLS Mechanical engineers are…

Georgia (Apr 4, 2016)THE WORK IS VARIED, AS ARE THE INDUSTRIES THAT REQUIRE THEIR SKILLS

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Mechanical engineers are typically creative, possess sharp listening skills, and have an aptitude tor math, mechanical skills, and problem-solving skills. “It’s a broad field and mechanical engineers tit into many non-traditional careers,” explains Reona Toney, Walt Disney Imagineering. “A mechanical engineer could design a turbine tor wind generated energy, reverse engineer a human hand and replicate it by means of 3D production, or build Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) programs to control movement of actuators, motors, or belts in an assembly line.”

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2012 to 2022. In this article we meet five mechanical engineers, who work at major U.S. companies, love what they do, and want to impart career advice to today's job seekers.

WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING: THE TECH TEAM BEHIND THE THEME PARKS

As associate animation production for Walt Disney Imagineering, Reona Toney utilizes surfacing techniques to prepare organic parts—legs, arms, torsos— for 3D printing and post-production.“These parts are then assembled into audio-animatronics figures for attractions in Disney’s theme parks,” the Kennesaw (GA) State University graduate explains.

Additionally, Toney provides assistance with the fabrication of fiber-reinforced molds and silicone skins for the figures. “I work with a number of cross disciplines within the larger Walt Disney Imagineering team. From initial concepts and research to building a full-scale attraction, it’s definitely a team effort at Disney,” she adds.

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