Young women are most likely to be influenced by other young women for many of their life choices, including technology-based careers in advanced manufacturing. A new video, “Women in Engineering
,” showcases the critical importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and features Quality Control Engineer, Rebecca “Becky” Miller at GE Aviation, Evendale, Ohio, describing the work of manufacturing engineering and the reasons why she finds her field rewarding.
The SME Education Foundation, AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology, Gardner Business Media, and Modern Machine Shop magazine collaborated to produce and distribute this video as part of an effort to help educators explain manufacturing careers to young people. SME Education Foundation (SME-EF) is sending the video on DVD, along with a discussion guide, to about 4,800 Project Lead The Way schools and high schools for viewing during National Engineers Week—February 17-23. The video was filmed and produced by Creative Technology Corp.
“Manufacturing is great,” says Becky. “Jobs held by women working in advanced manufacturing jobs don’t strictly revolve around machines, nor do they spend their days at a computer analyzing data. This industry allows me to use my technical, problem-solving and communication skills. I enjoy the daily challenge of working with parts that are so complicated. Every day, at every step, I am challenged by something different. At the end of the day, when I see our planes fly, I get a lot of satisfaction knowing I’m a part of the technical processes making that possible.”
Becky, who has worked hard to achieve her education and career goals, serves as a positive example to young women seeking answers to their own career possibilities. Becky has a natural talent for math and science and before graduating from Walton Verona High School in Walton, Ky., did considerable online research of colleges and universities offering Industrial Engineering courses of study and selected the University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky. She received her Bachelors in 2008 and her Masters in 2009. While in school she worked as a co-op student at Toyota Motor for three semesters and after completing her third rotation, began part-time work at GE Appliances. She was recommended for a two-year Operations Management Leadership Program at GE Aviation which paved the way to her present position.
In the video, Peter Zelinski, writer and editor at Modern Machine Shop magazine, interviews Becky in a one-on-one interview on the plant floor at GE Aviation. They share a similar background. Pete graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati and first learned about machining by running and programming machine tools in a metalworking laboratory within GE Aircraft Engines.
As they walk the plant floor, students and educators learn about Becky’s responsibilities at GE Aviation as each of them with their engineering educational background, share their knowledge. The format allows Pete to ask questions important to students and educators, as Becky explains her job responsibilities. Advanced manufacturing systems are discussed including terminology, processes and systems, engine testing and development, assembly, torque-testing, product audits and tolerances, forging, and turning.
Engineers use their imagination and analytical skills to invent, design, and build things that matter. They are team players with independent minds who turn ideas into reality. Many become licensed professional engineers (PE’s) in order to better protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. By dreaming up creative and practical solutions, engineers are changing the world all the time.
GE Aviation is a world-leading provider of commercial and military jet engines and components as well as avionics, electric power, and mechanical systems for aircraft with an extensive global service network to support these products.
The SME Education Foundation is committed to creating a manufacturing education pathway for young people to help them compete in the 21st century global economy. The Foundation provides funding to organizations with programming offering STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines to help students make informed career decisions.
The Foundation’s efforts are based on increasing awareness among young people beginning in elementary school through middle and high school and then as they pursue college-level and/or technical training. Special emphasis is placed on women and minorities, two groups the manufacturing industry has recognized as largely untapped pools of talent. The Foundation also supports “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day”
being celebrated on Thursday, February 21.
This year, in a partnership with Deloitte, University of Phoenix, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), The Manufacturing Institute introduced the STEP Ahead
initiative (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) to examine and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through Recognition, Research, and Education/Leadership. The results of a Deloitte study highlighting best practices for attracting, advancing and retaining strong female talent, will be released on February 5, 2013.
About National Engineers Week:
The National Engineers Week Foundation, a formal coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies, is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. For more information, visit www.eweek.org
About Gardner Business Media:
Gardner Business Media was founded in 1928 (as Gardner Publications, Inc.) in Cincinnati, Ohio, with the introduction of Modern Machine Shop magazine. To this day, Modern Machine Shop is recognized around the world as the premier metalworking and machine tool publication in North America. Visit http://www.gardnerweb.com/
About AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology:
AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members-those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow's Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America. www.AMTonline.org
About SME Education Foundation:
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, preparing and supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $33 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individual donors. Visit the SME Education Foundation at www.smeef.org
. Also visit www.CareerMe.org
for information on advanced manufacturing careers and www.ManufacturingisCool.com
, our award-winning Web site for young people.
Note to Media:
Bart A. Aslin, CEO, SME Education Foundation