This is my required interview with an engineering friend of my family. I plan to use the information she supplied me to personalize my project. Also, I will use her answers to show real world examples in our area of engineering advancements.
Interview with Anne Turkowski (Emerson Enqineer)
1) What kind of work environment are you apart of? (i.e. office or lab)
I work in an office environment. We have 3 buildings. The first building lower floor is for manufacturing and system testing. The upper floor is office setting where projects, finance, marketing and engineering sit. The second building is used for training and the third building is for product development.
2) In your career at Emerson have you witnessed any advancements in the engineering field?
If so, have the advances improved your field of work? And how?
I began my career with Westinghouse writing programs for nuclear simulators. I then moved to Power & Water Solutions and have worked in a variety of positions. Currently I am a senior engineer in the marketing communication group. I am the one who talks to the engineers to understand the new technology and then I create brochures, web site contents, and custom responses to customer requests. Technology has advanced greatly in my field - from our product technology to the things that just make our jobs easier:
Cell phones – when I started we really didn’t have cell phones. Now, as you know, I can received emails even when I am not at my computerConnectivity – when I started everyone had to work in the office everyday. Now with the connectivity improvements, we can telecommute by using a wireless connection and special software that links us into our corporate networkHardware/software – our computers now are much smaller and process faster than before. Likewise, we have access to much more software that enables me to do my job better and a lot of times I can do things myself rather than sending out to a vendor. For example, I can create professionally formatted brochures now myself using Adobe Create Suite 4 software – where before I would have to work with a graphic designer which took longer and costs a little more.Control Systems – our product has steadily progressed over the years by incorporating the latest hardware and software to keep pace with changing technology. For example our workstations began as Solaris and now incorporate the latest Windows operating systems. Our Network began as FDDI and now has Wireless capability
3) Do you ever collaborate with any other types of engineers in your line of work?
If so, what types and how often?
You will find that you will focus on your engineering discipline while in school and at the beginning of your career, however, as you move on to work for different companies, you will find that you will use all aspects of engineering. I graduated with an Industrial Engineering degree, but when I started I worked with nuclear engineers and learned that discipline. I currently work mostly with electrical engineers and do electrical engineering when I have to figure out a product or control scheme, however, I also work with chemical and mechanical engineers who also do mostly electrical engineering.
4) Have any products or solutions your company created been adapted for overseas help?
We are a global company. Everyday I am in contact with our offices in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East (Dubai), Europe (mostly Poland), and Latin America. Our product has been adapted to meet various country/federal/state requirements depending upon the world area where it is being installed. For example, quality standards in Europe require CE Mark certification for products – we had to go through vigorous testing and validation to be CE Mark certified in Europe. We also have to adhere to various “standards” depending upon the country – there are just too many to name! We also have to provide national language support for incorporating various languages into our systems and documentation. Sounds easy, but there are many different dialects for each language that has to be taken into consideration to “localize” the product for use at a certain plant.