ICC Engineering Graduate: 2012
Transferred to: University of North Dakota
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Currently Employed: Enbridge
Title: Rotational Engineer
Date of Testimonial: May 19, 2017
What is your career highlight or proudest career moment to date?
I have spent the past three years moving departments and geographic location every year as part of a rotational engineering program. This opportunity has allowed me to see several areas of North America, create a continuously growing network, and build my engineering career. The summer of 2015 I was a part of a team that built a billion dollar energy project. To see a project like this come to fruition and know I played a role in its success is rewarding.
Why did you choose Itasca Community College to start your engineering education? What do you think is the best thing about the Itasca Community College?
I was looking to be a part of a program, and not simply a number in a lecture bowl. The ICC Engineering program encourages collaboration not only in the classroom, but also provides numerous extracurricular activities to participate in. These opportunities laid the foundation for some of the best memories and lifelong friendships.
How did ICC Engineering help you shape your personal and professional goals?
ICC engineering taught me the importance of taking initiative and control in my own life and career.
In what ways did ICC prepare you to be successful at your transfer school and in your career?
ICC provided me with the tools to learn how to learn. The faculty at ICC is one-of-a-kind; these people taught me the fundamentals of engineering while also instilling the importance of volunteer work, being a community member, steps towards becoming a professional, and learning how to stand on my own two feet.
What advice would you give to a prospective ICC Engineering students?
The ICC Engineering program is about helping engineering students find success in a friendly learning environment. This program is easy to fit into and allows you to quickly create a new home.
What advice would you give to a current ICC Engineering student?
Participate in the ICC Engineering program opportunities, and get out of your comfort zone. These years will go quickly and you won't regret having participated in these events.
Advice to engineering students as they progress through their college years: Apply for internships and co-ops every summer and if you're interested in seeing different places look for internships/co-ops in these locations; don't be afraid to move away for a summer.