I can’t say that I enjoy working on engines, just go and see my car and you will know. I have never changed the oil in my car. I did change the breaks in my car once in college, and later found out I put them wrong. I like the tough of mechanics, but I have so little knowledge that I just never do it.
Now I work for Cummins, a company that makes engines. Most of the people that I interact are mechanical engineers. The other day I asked someone if they had a mechanic that could help me with something in my car, he looked at me funny, thought for a bit then said: “I’ve never taken my car to a mechanic.”
But despite my limited knowledge on the line of work that the company engages in, I love what I do. I enjoy making plans and developing strategies to complete the work. I love learning about engines and how they operate. I can’t imagine the work that goes into creating some of the machines that Cummins produces, some are so big and complex.
My hope is that as time progresses I will be able to learn more about the products Cummins produces. I want to take some classes that will teach me about engines and get my hands dirty. Recently I traveled to Houston where we have a plant that focuses in the Oil and Gas Market. It was fascinating the engineering work that goes into some of the products that are manufactured in that plant.
I guess in the end what matters is loving the sphere in which you operate. Those engineers working on those engines, need people that create the business plans that will allow them to continue the work they do. I love what I do, and I’m trying to do my best.