I read somewhere that February 20 was ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’ and I just so happen to have an engineer in my very own family that I would to introduce you to! My sister, Jocelyne Moyer.
Jocelyne is presently away at Harvard Business School, just about to finish her degree, but she started her educational career at McMaster University as a Mechanical Engineering student.
I recently did an interview with her in honour of ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’.
She was happy to participate. I hope that you enjoy the interview and perhaps even find the inspiration to pass on some of her insights to a special girl in your life who may be interested in a career in engineering.
For starters, what exactly is an engineer and what do they do?
An engineer does all sorts of things! It really depends on your chosen field. You may design buildings or roads, computer programs or managing large projects. The best thing about engineering is that it opens so many doors to different fields and careers.
When did you think that you first wanted to become an engineer?
I used to tinker when I was a kid and I loved to build things. Dad suggested that I should be an engineer and the idea just kind of stuck. I made sure to take all the math and science classes that I could!
Describe the engineering program that you took in school.
Mechanical Engineering focuses on anything that moves. We learned about things like mechanical systems, fluids, and vibrations. We also did a ton of calculus and algebra courses, which are important to be able to understand the fundamentals of engineering systems. We did a combination of lectures, small groups, and labs so that we could learn concepts in all different ways.
How long was your program?
What was one of the most important lessons you learned during the course of your program?
The most important thing that I learned was systematic problem solving. We learn how to find all the important variables in a problem and break it down into smaller pieces. This has been so valuable in my career. Problem solving is one of the most important skills you can have and you need it in every field.
What do you think is most interesting about engineering?
I think that engineering is a great intersection between science and the real world. If you like math, you’ll love engineering.
When you first entered your program, what profession were you hoping to pursue?
I was hoping to start out in manufacturing to get a base knowledge before moving to the business side. So far, everything has gone according to plan!
How many other girls were in your class?
Our class was about 20% women. There wasn’t many of us and we all became great friends during the course of our program. One thing I loved about engineering was how supportive everyone was, guys and girls. We all studied together and supported one another. I made some of my best friends in engineering.
What was your most positive school experience?
I think the best part was the study sessions I would have with my friends. We would be in the library with snacks, hanging out for hours. We all just became so close during that time. It was studying and bonding at the same time.
What would your dream engineering job look like?
I no longer work as an engineer, so it’s hard to say. The best thing about engineering for is that it gave me the skills and confidence that I needed to pursue any career I want! I know that the knowledge that I gained from my degree is applied every day.
I would like to thank my wonderful sister for participating in this little interview and opening the window to Engineering and what it is like to be a girl in the field.
Once she finishes studying at Harvard in late April, the lucky gal will be doing some travelling before returning to Canada and settling into a new position at Bain & Company, a consulting firm in Toronto.
She may not have decided to stay in the field of Engineering, but as she alluded to in her interview, it was her Engineering degree that has led her to where she is today and opened many doors for herself. moving forward.
Jocelyne has always been one of the hardest workers that I have ever know, whether it be in school (especially in school) or in her career and I am so proud for what she has been able to accomplish thus far in her life.