Automotive engineering is not what I imaginedEvan McKee’s parents might have predicted their son would end up an engineer. His mom worked as a biomedical technologist and his dad was an engineer. Evan was pretty sure he wanted to do something technical since he loved solving problems and making things work. So when he graduated with his BS in mechanical engineering, he was pretty pumped about the chance to go to work for a national automotive manufacturer on one of their plant vehicle teams.
Education mattersWe were curious to get Evan’s take on the current state of the engineering workforce from his vantage point. “Well, it’s funny. I came into the workforce in 2014 with an undergraduate degree and found my job pretty quickly. And when I look at the other engineers in my group, their education levels all vary. I could potentially see in the next ten or fifteen years more engineers going for their master’s degrees.”
Making a differenceLike many of the engineers we work with at Aerotek, Evan is as passionate as he is ambitious. “One of the great things about working on a team like mine is the constant challenge to improve, and that goes for the products we’re designing but also us as individual engineers. They don’t just treat us like the means to an end. We really do feel like we’re working for a cause. I believe I’m making a difference.”
Doing and leadingWe know that many engineers like Evan deeply love the actual “doing” part of their job ― solving complex mechanical problems with their skills. We also know that engineers like Evan tend to make talented and inspiring leaders.
Parting words of adviceEvan told us about the advice his dad gave him when he was still a teen. “My dad told me: ‘Find a job you really like, so you can lead the life you really love.’ My dad’s a smart guy and he succeeded in having both. I know I’m only a couple of years into the workforce, but I work really hard and I really love what I do. I’m definitely following my dad’s advice and it’s the same advice I would give to anyone else starting out in the workforce today.”