Engineering Spotlight: Medicishi T.
What is your role at Lockheed Martin?
Engineering Leadership Development Program (ELDP) Manager and Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead
What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?
I was first inspired to pursue an engineering career when I was in high school and took computer programming classes my junior and senior year. I enjoyed the classes more than any other, and I knew right away that I wanted to start my career in the software engineering field. I’m a very analytical person, so it was a great experience to find a field where I could analyze a problem, develop a unique solution to the problem, and then see my solution in action. Developing software fit me perfectly because I could develop something and see very quickly how what I developed met the need of whatever requirements I had. I viewed software as a powerful tool for analysis in many complex and practical applications, so for me it was fun just as much as it was challenging to begin a career in computer science.
What tips or advice would you offer students considering a career in engineering?
Research the variety of engineering disciplines out there and find what disciplines interest you most. Consider all the factors that are important to you such as average salary, type of work and opportunities, which can be drastically different between engineering disciplines. Engineering covers a wide variety of areas such as systems engineering, quality, software engineering, systems analysis, integration & test, electrical engineering, modeling & simulation, and the list goes on and on. It’s easier to obtain a job in engineering when your background fits a specific type of engineering very closely. The engineering industry has become very focused with the types of skills sought after for entry-level engineering roles, so it’s best to tailor your education and experiences to the engineering discipline you plan to start your career in. You can always transition into other disciplines later once you gain some experience in one engineering discipline, as long as your developed skills are transferrable.
Also, try to establish a relationship with multiple engineers in the industry to gain an idea of what specific skills most employers are looking for. Learn about the details of what engineers do on a daily basis and the necessary skills required for each role. This will help you ultimately decide what the best career path is for you in the industry.
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Name: Medicishi T.
Location: Moorestown, N.J.
Engineering Field: Training Systems Engineering & Services
Medicishi believes giving back to his community is very important. One of his favorite volunteer activities during his six years with Lockheed Martin is participating in a Habitat for Humanity build.