TECT Aerospace: Engineering Solutions Intern

June 24, 2012 | Comments Off on TECT Aerospace: Engineering Solutions Intern | Seasonal Updates

This week will be my first full week in a position I just accepted at TECT Aerospace as an intern assisting the V.P. of Engineering Solutions with data collection, analysis, systems integration and optimization. I had my first day on Friday, and am looking forward to a rewarding challenge that will utilize skills from my growing background and interests in both business and engineering.

I had the opportunity to see one of our factories already in person, and we manufacture some important parts using interesting technology, which I’m excited to learn more about. It’s also a blessing that I will be able to work full-time over the summer and then work around my school schedule (I have one year left before I earn my bachelor’s degree in computer engineering) in the fall. Additionally, this job is even more conveniently located than the one I had before.

In terms of changes for my social media/marketing clients, really there are none at this point, other than being less available during business hours. For the types of industries and sizes of businesses I work with, prescheduled posts are a reasonable option (in moderation), and I can keep on top of emails and other client work in the evenings.

Finally, I’m looking into completing a practice electronics design project over the summer with a friend and the help, coaching, and resources of another friend. I have a senior design group project I’ll need to begin work on this fall for my degree, and I think I’d do well to practice and gain some of that experience beforehand so it goes smoother when it comes time for the real thing. Meanwhile, I keep learning and reading in several arenas, and am excited about where I’m headed.

 


Booking Progress

June 17, 2012 | Comments Off on Booking Progress | Uncategorized

I was thinking about the reading I’ve been doing lately (mentioned in my last post), and came up with the title of this post as a play on that and the verb form of the word “book” (to enter in a book or list; record; register).

This past week has involved a lot of moving and sorting (shifting bedroom/office space between two floors). I’ve also had time to pick blueberries (very relaxing to be away from technology for a little while and just enjoy time in the outdoors with sounds of nature around me), meet for lunch with former coworkers, attend an engineering job fair, meet a potential employer, and participate in a phone interview.

One of the things I’m excited about with my move to a new space is that I’m putting some of my not-very-frequently-used books in storage for a while and filling my remaining shelves with books I really want to read, want to loan out, or am in the middle of. Many of these books are listed in earlier blog posts here and were written in the last decade or two, and I think just having them handier will help me be that much more likely to pick them up to read a few pages here and there over time. Plus they look really nice lining my walls.

I’m in the process of sorting out the next week; I still have some minor moving/packing to do, and of course continued work on skill development, client projects, and the job-hunt. I’ll look forward to having more to report come next week – for now, I’m just sticking to a regular posting schedule even when there’s not a lot new to report on the business front.

 


The Return of Summer

June 10, 2012 | Comments Off on The Return of Summer | Seasonal Updates

The return of summer has allowed me to have increased productivity and flexibility in a number of non-or-less-academic areas (and to return to blogging in a more frequent capacity).

Blueberry (and blackberry) season is in full swing for client Chautauqua Hills Farm, and will continue for another three weeks or so. I’m thrilled to finally have the opportunity to pick some blueberries myself there this week! I was able to taste the delicious berries last year, have not yet made it out to the farm in person.

I continue to work with Numana on social media and copy writing projects and also recently took on some online shopping cart research for a client with an electronics business. It’s very energizing to me to be able to pick up new projects and learn things that will be relevant to myself and other future clients, while taking work that others find less enjoyable off their hands.

I’ve also found time for more reading, both in my field of computer engineering and without. Titles in the former arena include The Soul of a New Machine, which I highly recommend as a well-written summary from a journalist’s perspective (Tracy Kidder) of some of the early years of Data General’s work to build computers in the late 70s and early 80s, and the classic The Mythical Man-Month, by Frederick Brooks, Jr., which I’ve not yet completed.

Titles outside this genre include titles I picked up on my last trip to the business & technology section of our local public library: The Chairs Are Where the People Sit, a sort of collection of random mini-essays about life and college and how things work or should work; The End of Country, which discusses the erosion of the rural landscape both literally and figuratively, using the specific example of oil & gas developers trying to buy out portions of a northeastern Pennsylvania area found to have a large underground store of natural gas; Great by Choice, Jim Collins’ latest tome on the intersection of great, lasting quality, in this case highlighted in the space of the small business start-up culture.

But while I’ve had the opportunity to do some additional reading, and take advantage of some enjoyable summer activities like picking blueberries and going sailing, I’ve also been hard at work, not just for my current clients, but in the work called job-hunting.

Because of my background in social media and marketing, writing/editing, and my interest in technology, I have applied for technical writing positions, public relations/marketing work, and am perhaps especially interested in positions that would utilize my computer engineering studies. It’s an interesting adventure to see what’s out there and show others how my skills fit their needs. I’m looking forward to seeing how some of my current leads develop.

I had professional photos taken recently and will soon be updating my social network profile pictures in places like LinkedIn and Twitter, which I’m also excited about as another step in personalizing and developing my website and business.

I was recently able to attend a Society of Women Engineers 30th anniversary banquet for our city’s chapter, which I enjoyed greatly – if you’re reading this and are someone I met there, I’d love to hear from you.

Last but not least, it’s very good to be back here and writing again. If you have insights or questions for me, feel free to contact me or say hello on Twitter: @journeyscript.