When I first started out in the manufacturing program, I really was not sure what career path I wanted to go down. As I have become more familiar with the manufacturing industry and the manufacturing program here at Texas State, there are a lot of different careers to choose from. The two most prominent ones that come to my mind in the manufacturing industry are metal casting and welding. Welding has always been of high interest to me since I was little, but metal casting on the other hand is somewhat new to me and something that I am still trying to familiarize myself with, but it interest me highly too. Both of these career paths in my opinion have high potential especially in the metal casting industry were companies are always looking for more efficient ways of producing the best product while keeping operating cost low. Now that I am about a year and a half away from graduation, I have been contemplating what career path I want to go down. A welding career has always been on the top of my list of careers due to the fact that it has always been of interest to me, and it is something I could see myself doing on a day to day basis while enjoying it. Welding is also very important to the manufacturing industry and as long as it is, you will need a welder. Metal casting would be my second option as a career because it interest me too and the future for metal casting looks bright. Once I graduate I would like to find a job somewhere here in Central Texas, with an established company, in the manufacturing industry particularly with welding or metal casting.
I recently started working as a undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Tate in the composites and plastics laboratory. I have taken an interest in plastics and composites as well as material science in general since high school and would like to try working in the composites or plastics industries once I graduate. My interests are quite diverse and I believe I would find working in any number of manufacturing fields interesting. I am looking forward to the internship part of the engineering technology program next summer so that I can get a better idea of what it is like to work in manufacturing. In the event I can't find a suitable job in the area after I graduate I plan on getting certified so that I can teach high school physics and chemistry.