I’ve always been curious to know more about what my fellow working moms do for a living so I thought I would expand a bit on the basics described in the About Me page.
What I do when I’m not home being mother/wife/horsewoman:
By trade and training I am a mechanical engineer. More specifically, I use rotor dynamic analysis to determine the potential for or source of existing vibration issues with machinery. In layperson’s terms, I determine why things that rotate (or have internal rotating parts) are shaking and figure out how to make it stop. 🙂
It’s been a rather interesting job over the years. I’ve studied machines that ranged from a reusable space launch vehicle to waste water treatment pumps. There have been a few long time line projects but most are completed in a few weeks. I have always like to have an immediate goal so this works well for me (I’m one of those people that takes pleasure in simple things like finishing the last of a jar of peanut butter. Look I finished it!! Now on to a new jar!)
I work in a small company. Like it’s me and my boss and his wife (the office manager) small. We have some off site people we contract with but I don’t interact with them on an every day basis. This has it’s good points and bad points. I’m an introvert so I relish the quiet. However, it sucks sometimes not to have anyone to complain to about difficult customers or non working analysis. It also doesn’t lend to making me get out of my comfort zone and socialize. Thus I have been doing other things like rejoining SWE to make myself actually interact with others.
So there you have it. That, in a nut shell, is my life for 70% of my waking hours every weekday.
My office reference book stash and engineering toys