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Mechanical Engineer

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Spencer Kschesinski

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Mechanical Engineer Job Profile Description Mechanical engineers research, design and develop machinery and systems for heating, ventilating and air-conditioning, power generation, transportation, processing and manufacturing. They also perform duties related to the evaluation, installation, operation and maintenance of mechanical systems that produce, transmit or consume power or employ heat energy in everything from aircraft engines to heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Main Duties Conduct research into the feasibility, design, operation and performance of mechanisms, components and systems;
Prepare material, cost and timing estimates, reports and design specifications for machinery and systems;
Design power plants, machines, components, tools, fixtures and equipment;
Supervise and inspect the installation, modification and commissioning of mechanical systems at construction sites or in industrial facilities;
Develop maintenance standards, schedules and programs and provide guidance to industrial maintenance crews;
Investigate mechanical failures or unexpected maintenance problems;
Prepare contract specifications and cost estimates and evaluate tenders for industrial construction or maintenance;
Supervise technicians, technologists and other engineers and review and approve designs,calculations and cost estimates. Education/Training A bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or an appropriate related engineering discipline is required. Registration as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is often required for employment and to practise as a mechanical engineer. Candidates for license must have completed an engineering program accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers or demonstrate equivalent educational qualifications, as well as have 48 months of satisfactory engineering work experience. At least one year of work experience must be obtained in a Canadian jurisdiction. For foreign trained engineers whose academic qualifications meets Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) standards, the government of Ontario, in conjunction with PEO, have announced plans for a college course for international engineering graduates that will serve as an option to the 12 months’ Canadian work experience required for licensing. Many employers also emphasize the need for written and verbal communication skills, and teamwork and problem solving skills. Characteristics of Occupation Estimated Employment in 200617,515 Male 91%Female 9% Full-Time 95%
Part-Time 3% Self Employed 10% By Spencer Kschesinski Average income Post Secondary Information University of Waterloo Mechanical Engineering (co-op only)
5 years $11930.36 Per year total co-op earnings of $46,500 to $80,000. Grade 12 Prerequisites Advanced Functions
Calculus and Vectors
Chemistry
English (ENG4U)
Physics
A final grade of at least 70% is normally required in each of these courses Grade range is Low 90's Job Shadow Information General Description of Company Name Location of Business 509 Mill Street
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 2Y5 Delta is a privately-owned Canadian elevator companies that engineers, manufactures, installs, services, and maintains elevating devices Normal Day Mr. Tikal doesn't have a normal day. Each day he is doing different things and different tasks. He sometimes checks to make sure that drawings of elevators are correct. Other times he is designing elevator plans on his own. Most of the day he is doing overhead manufacturing such as supervising or answering questions from sales or other departments. Education/Training BASc in Mechanical Engineering MASc in Mechanical Engineering license by the Canadian Welding
Bureau as a welding engineer. P.Eng as licensed by the Professional Engineers Ontario. Areas of Potential Growth Mission Statement Delta’s mission statement reflects the company’s emphasis on long-term relationships with both customers and employees:

"Delta develops, manufactures, installs, and maintains high quality and dependable elevating devices, provides honest service to customers, and gives long term satisfaction and employment to our people." Customers People who are building a new building that will need a elevator or own a old building with a elevator. These people that are getting the elevator communicate with the engineers though the architect. The architect sends in drawing of the building and the engineers draw in the elevator. Engineers at Delta have to adapt to what the costumer wants and what the architect gives them. Delta reaches customers by having a great reputation for their hard work, honesty, integrity and quality. Move into areas were there are more building being constructed. (GTA)

Hire more people so all the work can still get done. Trends Demographics affect Delta. As the population ages and grows there will be more building being build that will need elevators the assist the older people.

The trend of oil prices affect Delta as well. As oil prices rise people will start to want to live close to everywhere they want to go. This will lead to people moving into apartment buildings and new apartment buildings being built. This leads to more elevators that will need to be installed by Delta.

The fact that the population is growing fast also affects Delta. As the population grows the space in the city will decrease and we will have to build up not out. More elevators will be needed for the new apartment buildings. Interview Questions 1.
How did you decide to become involved in this field of work? I have always enjoyed figuring out how things work, taking equipment apart and rebuilding it etc., so it seemed logical to go into Mechanical Engineering. As for the elevator trade specifically, I have had the good fortune to work in the Automotive Industry, Laser Industrial industry, Consumer Goods and other Lifting Equipment industries. As such, they all involved machine design, investigating problems and inventing solutions. The elevator trade is unique in that the industry is constantly changing and challenging the design engineers to make better products at a lower cost and to fit into ever increasingly smaller building envelopes. As well, it is the people that you work with that make a very big difference in whether you enjoy the work or not, since it is how you are treated within a company that will, over the long term, determine if you stay with that company or leave for new challenges and a better work environment. 2.
What challenges or obstacles, if any did you have to overcome to reach your goal? I really didn’t feel that I had to overcome many obstacles. Perhaps the biggest concern for myself, was that after 9 years of working in the elevator trade I wasn’t sure that my skills were as readily transferable to other industries. As such, I left Delta for a 5 year period, only to come back to Delta once I had proven to myself that I could contribute and enjoy the work at other companies, but came back because I found the elevator trade the most challenging and the most rewarding. 3.
What changes or trends have affected or are affecting this field? The first trends has been and continues to be from the architects, who are wanting and demanding that the elevator systems fit into smaller building spaces to maximize the building rental space. The second trend is the use of 3D modelling software and the requirement for 3D models of the elevator systems early on in the building design phase. Finally, the Elevator Codes and the frequent changes in regulations affect this industry a great deal
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What education/training is required for your present job? I have a BASc in Mechanical Engineering, a MASc in Mechanical Engineering and am license by the Canadian Welding Bureau as a welding engineer. I am also a P.Eng as licensed by the Professional Engineers Ontario. 5.
What are the most stimulation/challenging aspects of your job? The constant state of change in the industry and the fact that most every installation is unique in one way or another.
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What are the most frustrating aspects of your job? The constant state of change again! You feel like you just solved one issue, when a Code change, or a competitive product requires a complete reinvention of the product line.
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What skills and personal qualities are required to be successful in this kind of work? You first need to feel a passion for what you are doing. I greatly enjoy the designing and then seeing what I have designed being produced in the shop and then being successfully installed in a building. Delta affords me this opportunity. You need to be able to communicate well with others, both verbally and in written form so as to be able to express your ideas into actions. In my role, I need to be able to handle many responsibilities at the same time and I need to keep myself well organized to be able to track all the work going on concurrently. 8.
What are the issues of work safety in your job? In the engineering field, I would define work safety as following the companies safety policies, both in the shop and when going to job sites. That involves proper protective equipment, and getting training on equipment. 9.
What do you think is the future outlook for jobs in this field? This field is a very good one in that as the population continues to grow and age, more buildings are be constructed as multi-story units, all of which need elevating devices. 10.
What advice would you give to a student considering this area of work? I have had the pleasure of hiring U of Waterloo Co-operative engineering students every 4 months for the last 10 years. For each student I advise them that engineering is all about the details. We try and not assume things as this leads to misunderstandings and errors. If you find designing interesting, then this is an excellent field in which to work. Thank You Letter + THE END
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