This year I’m starting work on my progressive degree program, where I’m getting my Masters in Medical Device and Diagnostic Engineering, graduating after just one extra year (this is my senior year).
The first class I’m taking towards that degree is called Engineering Project Management, because I wanted to get some good business skills and improve my resume. The stuff I’m learning in this class will be applicable at basically any job I get, and will really help open the door for me to move into project management positions.
For our semester-long project, we are, of course, managing an engineering project. Specifically, we’re building a catapult that has to shoot a ball of silly putty 15 feet over a 5 foot wall and hit a target. Designing the catapult is not the focus of the class, we’re supposed to spend more of our time tracking our budgets and schedules, but the catapult is definitely fun!
Last weekend I had an adventure at home depot trying to apply my zero knowledge of construction to pick out materials. I did some good improvisation, and today I actually got to build the catapult!
Join me on this adventure as I pretend I know how to use tools and work on my balcony instead of in a real shop.
Anyway, it’s a good thing I’m a biomedical engineer, not a mechanical engineer, and that this class is about project management, not construction. Still though, I think I did a pretty solid job for basically making this up as I went along!