Current Job Title:
Naval Surface Warfare Center
Describe your current job:
I am an engineer for the Cartridge Actuated Devices and Propellant Actuated Devices (CAD/PAD) for the Naval Surface Warfare Center. My job is to address any concerns and implement any ideas/techniques/improvements to the CAD/PAD Division.
What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part of my job is time. There is a ton of responsibility that comes with my job, and I take my job very seriously. Ensuring that I have all of my information and data correct and completing all of the required data on time has been a challenge. The most rewarding part of my job is knowing that I am helping our servicemen and servicewomen who protect us.
Which of your skills had the biggest impact on your success?
Being able to work independently and working with a team are skills that are both essential for me. In my career here at NSWC we are one command, one team. Every day, I get to work on various projects that are challenging and I have people with various skill sets and expertise available to me to assist me if needed. Also, working independently is of importance too, I have deadlines that I must meet without comprising quality of product or the safety of all of those involved.
What advice do you have for students looking for their career after college?
Believe in yourself! You are good enough! Everyone has started where you are, so don't stop pursuing your dream! Network with people and pursue opportunities on your own as well. Even if a company turns you down, if you are determined to work at the company, keep pursuing them. Also, don't settle, go after multiply opportunities, do not lock in on one company or type of job, YOU ARE A BRONCO! Hard work, honesty, and persistence do pay off!