Hey guys! As many of you will realize after starting your engineering degree, there are many options for you after graduation. One choice you’ll get to make is if you prefer working at a staff location (in an office) or in manufacturing.
As of right now I have worked for Kimberly Clark twice. Once in research and development at a staff location and once again in process engineering at a manufacturing facility. The advantages of working for the same company twice is that the second time you get to hit the ground running and that you often get to try a new role within that company.
Here are three difference I have found between staff and manufacturing location (note: these are just my opinions and based on my exposure)….
1. Timelines are sometimes months or even years in the future – as an intern it’s hard to see projects through because of this.
2. You work with PhD’s and people who are considered experts in their fields. While this is intimidating, it’s also a great learning experience.
3. You work with innovative new products and cost saving initiatives. Exposure to products that have yet to be patented is common and thrilling!
1. Timelines are the next 24 hours – so it’s much faster paced. Adrenaline junkies, here is your calling.
2. You work with machine operators and engineers trying to optimize the lines. Corporate always want products faster. Less run time means more money.
3. Every day is a mystery about what you’ll be working on. Sure you have long term optimization projects, but they often get pushed for more pressing issues.