Sarah Park, 2018 graduate from Wellington High School, first became interested in computerized design and drafting while attending LCJVS during her junior and senior year of high school. Park decided her major while attending an internship.
“I had an engineering internship in high school that I earned with the skills I learned at LCJVS. I didn’t enjoy doing desk work, but I wanted to stay in manufacturing, so I looked for a more hands on degree,” Park said. “I was looking at automated engineering and another degree and I chose the automated one because it was geared more toward what I wanted to do.”
While studying at LCJVS, Park did many different projects. “We designed a bunch of different things like playgrounds, blueprints for houses, everyday objects, etc.,” Park explained. “I designed a vice at a competition based off of an existing drawing. I liked architecture a lot and I also really liked using the 3D printer.”
Computerized design and drafting requires a lot of hard work, but Park had a small advantage. “I knew it was going to be harder than high school and it took me some time to realize that I was going to need to spend a lot more time studying and doing homework than in high school or I wasn’t going to do well,” said Park. “So, I knew it was going to be harder, but I definitely had an adjustment period.”
Occasionally during college many student change carrier paths. Fortunately, Park decided against that option. “When I was younger, I wanted to be a veterinarian. I have a weak stomach for medical things, so I decided against it as I got older,” Park explained. “I would still like to work with animals when I get older (grooming, volunteering, etc.) but I think I chose a good career path and I like what I do.”
Hard work and dedication are only two things that are needed in this field, but Park has some advice. “Automated engineering technology is a growing field with a lot of career opportunities. Especially in our area. If this is a field that interests you, then I highly recommend you pursue it. Also make sure you study.”