“I’m a Mechanical Engineer! And I’ve been working at Disney World for over two years.”
“I work for the Design & Engineering department. Basically they support every attraction, all the entertainment infrastructures, the parades, the transportation, and pretty much anything else you could imagine going on here at Disney World.”
“...The "Imagineers" are just the creative vision behind attractions ... it’s us engineers that bring every ride to life.”
“When I’m Lead Engineer for a project (for example, the Haunted Mansion in December!), I’m out every single day with my hard hat on, working alongside builders and construction workers building the ride.”
“The key to an engineering job is having a broad background of experience and knowing lots about all these different types of systems … I’ve got a knowledge of electrical systems and controls as well as structural engineering.”
Honestly Kim, you’re just showing off now.
More Irreverent Trivia!
The word ’engineer’ comes from a Latin word meaning ‘cleverness’. So technically, Kim’s job title is actually ‘Mechanical Cleverness’, which sounds insanely cool.
“Well I would certainly be the first to admit I was never the greatest mathmetician…”
“I wouldn’t worry too much about what your grades are. Focus on your development: understanding concepts, learning about systems and gaining experience. Once you’ve got the basics, everything else comes naturally. The most important thing is genuine passion for your work!”
Mechanical engineers have lots of different skills. They:
As Kim says, it’s the passion that’s most important. So remember to get out and pursue the things you love most! It might just lead to the opportunity of a lifetime (or, as in Kim’s case, some snazzy yellow headwear).