Summer brings its positives like rest, good weather, and family time, but we often allow boredom and laziness get the best of us. Engineering is more than a career choice but a way of life. To live like an engineer means to use innovation, design and technology daily to solve problems, enhance the quality of life, or simply put smiles on people’s faces. This is not an easy task, but it is worth it. At this point, you may be thinking of ways you can #livelikeanengineer; it’s okay, UNTSWE got you covered.
For the mechanical Engineers out there, maybe there is something in your car that is not functioning as it should be or could be better. It’s time to cancel the appointment you have with the auto repair, roll up your sleeves and put your skills to work. If you enjoy programming, put your love to action and write a program to solve the last problem you just complained about. If gaming is your hobby, how about you create your own video game.
Now, if this is the first time you have ever thought about taking up a project, you don’t have to go all out. You can #livelikeanengineer in the small stuff too. This includes, adding sensors to your napkin dispenser, putting wheels on certain house hold objects to make movement easier, adding bells to your wall clock and turning it into an alarm clock. Don’t limit yourself. There are a number of things around us that could be so much better if we let our imagination run wild.
Also, if working with people is where you thrive, there is still something for you to get your hands dirty with. Members of UNT robotics club are currently working to motorize a sofa (sofabot). This is something you don’t want to miss out on. The link to become a paid member and join this project will be below. Another opportunity to use your skills, especially for the construction engineers, would be to volunteer for an organization like Habitat for Humanity. This is a nonprofit organization that helps build decent and affordable housing for families across the country. A link to their website to see how you can be part of this act of service will also be below.
Taking up these tasks is fun and challenging. However, safety is paramount. Read instruction manuals, wear the correct personal protective equipment, and always consult the material safety data sheet (MSDS). Also, you can get trained and certified to use the equipment in the engineering technology lab at UNT. Contact UNTrobotics through their link below to be put into a group and get shop certified.
This is not supposed to be like a coerced assignment; have fun with it. When a plan goes awry, think of something different. Feel free to stop, take breaks to hang out with friends and family. Think about engineering like a piece of art work; The finished product makes it beautiful, but the process makes it a masterpiece. We are excited to see what you all come up with.
Join UNTrobotics club: https://www.untrobotics.com/
Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity: https://www.habitat.org/