A Day within the Lifetime of Industrial Engineer Michelle Morham


Michelle (Jones) Morham

Rising up, I liked fixing puzzles and discovering artistic methods to unravel issues. I had nice academics in highschool and center college too who made math and science enjoyable and fascinating. After I was going to varsity, I knew I wished to review engineering, however I did not know which specialty.

After I went to the College of Central Florida (UCF) for my bachelor’s diploma, I majored in mechanical engineering, however I wished to see what my different choices have been. I modified my main a number of occasions, biking by several types of engineering. I assumed I had settled on environmental engineering till I enrolled in an introduction to industrial engineering class as an elective. From day considered one of that class, I knew that was precisely what I wished to get my diploma from. I loved industrial engineering as a result of it’s a mixture of engineering disciplines and enterprise rules. We discover the foundations of engineering in addition to how companies develop, enhance and maintain development.

At UCF, I participated in a school work-experience program, and interned at Lockheed Martin of their Lean Six Sigma division. Lean is about eliminating waste in processes to enhance effectivity, and Six Sigma refers back to the statistical strategy of lowering course of variability to 6 sigma (commonplace deviation) to enhance general high quality. After I began studying extra about Lean Six Sigma, I turned very keen about course of enchancment. With out that internship, I believe my profession would have taken a really totally different trajectory.

In school, I used to be in SWE and NSBE (Nationwide Society of Black Engineers). I went to conferences at each organizations and met a whole lot of nice folks. I nonetheless attend SWE conventions; It is an effective way to fulfill school mates and meet new folks.

I’m presently a Methods Engineering Supervisor at Northrop Grumman within the Strategic Area Methods Division as a part of the Area Course of Excellence Group. I’m main a mission to develop an interactive course of mannequin for higher person understanding and expertise. Because of this new staff can go to an inside web site and click on by to a visible illustration of our processes as an alternative of studying a number of pages of course of paperwork. This software will make course of coaching extra interactive and attention-grabbing, whereas compiling all the data wanted to carry out the exercise in a single place. I consider that is revolutionary and might change not solely the way in which our division does enterprise, however because it grows, so does Northrop Grumman’s enterprise as an entire.

Methods engineering makes use of the identical rules I realized in industrial engineering, comparable to enhancing processes and techniques working collectively to develop a profitable product. My favourite a part of my job is studying in regards to the totally different engineering teams and the way they do what they do. As I am piecing collectively numerous engineering processes, whether or not it is engineering a chip or engineering a payload, I can achieve a extra in-depth understanding of all of the superb issues that Northrop Grumman does.

For women taken with engineering, I’d say go for it! I consider that every one varieties of engineering function a strong basis for no matter you need to do in life. It requires self-discipline, and it’s definitely difficult. In the event you try to pursue it, you’ll notice that there’s nothing you can’t do. For women who’re notably taken with industrial engineering, I consider it supplies a whole lot of flexibility in your profession, whether or not in engineering, enterprise, and even entrepreneurship! Even if you happen to’re not fairly positive what you need to do, what you be taught as an industrial engineering scholar will translate seamlessly into any trade.


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