A little more about me

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. ūüôā

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

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