Emrys Gintings is a mechanical engineer from Purdue University. She has been working with Schlumber J for over five years moving from an EMS role in Houston to the operations site in Queensland and back to EMS product development in Houston again.
Emrys Gintings is a mechanical engineer and a Purdue University graduate. She joined Schlumber J as soon as her graduation was over. Sclumber J is a world pioneer in Oracle services. In other words, they provide a range of products and services to their customers, which are generally used for oil and gas exploration and production. Engineers, or rather mechanical engineers at Schlumber J typically work at either the operation site or the Engineering, Manufacturing and Sustaining division, also known as EMS.
EMS roles generally comprise of people who work on the design and manufacture tools. Then these tools are brought to the operation site. There, the tools are used to perform multiple tasks at work sites. Emrys began her career at Schlumber J in an EMS role as a Sustaining Engineer in Houston. Her chief role and responsibility as a Sustaining Engineer was to provide technical support or tools that had been employed in the field.
Return to Houston:
When she moved on to work in the operation, she was a wild land field engineer posted in Queensland, Australia. She continued with that job for two years and recalls it being a very ‘handsome job’. Most of her time was spent outdoors, preparing tools required for the job and then performing logging operations at oil sites. At the completion of three years, she returned to Houston. She had the same product center as before; however, this time, she had joined an engineering team. In her new role, she became more involved in new product development. She designed, manufactured and tested some new products as part of this job, and then deployed them to the field.
Her entire career arc as a mechanical engineer- right from EMS, to operation site, and back to EMS in a product development capacity- has spanned over five years.
The typical work life of a mechanical engineer consists of design works, research works. A mechanical engineer can be posted in remote areas where it may be difficult to get help when requires, as there may live no people in the close vicinity. A field engineer has to deal with lots of challenges based on where he/she is posted along with work-related challenges.
To have a successful career in mechanical engineering, one must be willing to work hard and take steps where other dread to dare. Becoming a mechanical engineer can be fun and exciting provided you are working in an organization that values you.
To the advice of your seniors who have been there and handled those situations. The more you listen, the more you are benefiting from it. Of course, you can share or discuss your thoughts and ideas about the project or issues that may arise.
Some candidates are so fixed in their decisions that they are not willing to budget a bit. Unless you are willing to try out new options and appreciate the firm or startup you are working in, you will find it difficult to grow. Though you might have an excellent resume, good grades, and so on, you must accept the fact that maybe it is not your time yet.
To develop your career in mechanical engineering you would be advised to read books written by seasoned and experienced mechanical engineers, who have made it big in life. That will give you an insight into how to go about things wisely in a very competitive field.
The tools used for product designing as well as analysis are constantly evolving in terms of technological advancements. Also, the demand for innovative and expert mechanical engineers is increasing with the evolving market. However, the recipe for the success of a career in mechanical engineering does not only depend on the extensive academic education and training, but also on a few other factors including the engineers’ attitudes and qualities.
What does it take?
Here is some advice from experts for aspiring mechanical engineers to be successful in their career:
Mechanical engineering is a competitive field, but as long as you are dedicated to building useful and innovative devices, a successful career is guaranteed for you.