I started off as a pre-med student in college, where I enjoyed my science classes. But it wasn't long before I began to miss learning about math. This realization prompted me to switch my major to bioengineering, giving me the best of both worlds. After graduating from Lehigh University, I joined Oliver as a Process Engineer in their Axis rotational leadership program. Last week, I finished my first 6-month rotation in the program.
My introduction to the Axis program came during a conversation with a future colleague at a career fair. The program's offering of diverse career paths piqued my interest, as did the healthcare industry. The opportunity to contribute to patient safety and improved quality of life also attracted me to the program. One of my favorite parts about being in the Axis program is getting to work alongside a variety of colleagues. I frequently work cross-functionally with teams like product specifications, finance, and pricing.
Through the Axis program, I get the opportunity to rotate through different roles in operations management, supply chain, and engineering over the course of two years. During my first rotation as an engineer, I was responsible for a variety of projects, each offering unique challenges and lessons. One of the projects I enjoyed most was focused on pouch optimization. Specifically, I was looking at shifting pouches from a narrow web to a wide web, intending to boost manufacturing efficiency. Essentially, I was looking at how we can make more, high-quality pouches in less time. This was made possible using new technology and enhanced process controls. I enjoyed this project because I believe an aspect of engineering that is commonly overlooked is the benefit of improving what you already have. It’s not always necessary to reinvent the wheel, and sometimes, nurturing existing mechanisms is the best course of action.
As I make a shift toward my next Axis rotation as a Supply Chain Specialist, I anticipate stepping out of my comfort zone. The transition into an unfamiliar field promises fresh challenges and opportunities. The prospect of collaborating with a new team excites me, presenting an avenue for expanding my professional network. Reflecting on my journey, my advice for new engineering professionals is to embrace patience, extend grace to themselves, and take each day as it comes.