Engineering a promising and fulfilling career choice

This week, Feb. 21-27, is nationally celebrated as Engineers Week — a week to recognize the innovation and technology that the profession of engineering has brought to today’s world.

You might be wondering … what exactly is engineering?

Engineering is the practice of applying math and science principles to design and manufacture products that improve or enhance people’s everyday lives. Engineers work in a variety of industries such as makeup, kitchen appliances, airplanes, bridges and prosthetics to name a few. The possibilities are endless!

I was born and raised in Allegany County, graduated from Mountain Ridge High School in 2013, then studied mechanical engineering at West Virginia University before landing my dream job at General Motors as a controls design engineer working on electric vehicle charging software for the Chevrolet Bolt, GMC Hummer Truck, Cadillac Lyriq and Celestiq, and Cruise Origin among others I cannot talk about yet!

It’s exhilarating to see my work come to life on the road and know that I am a part of innovating the future of transportation.

Not many kids aspire to become engineers or are aware of what engineering is. We can all make an effort to change that. Engineering is such a promising and fulfilling career that I wish I learned more about in school. Parents and teachers, I urge you to spend Engineers Week educating yourself on the opportunities this career can provide your children. There are many free online resources by organizations such as DiscoverE, Society of Women Engineers, NASA, etc.

Take advantage of local STEM events every chance you get. Encourage your kids to reach out to university engineering programs or professional engineers to learn more. Together we can inspire the next generation of engineers!

To all my fellow engineers, happy Engineers Week!

Sabrina Ridenour

Auburn Hills, Mich.

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