Rachel Ziegler
Rachel Ziegler
Project Engineer II, Weir Minerals
Madison, WI

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Biography

I attended college at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and received my bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering in May of 2011. I started work as a Project Engineer for a company that designs and manufacturers mining equipment. I manage complex projects for customers in the oil sands, power plants, and at mines. The company I work for produces slurry pumps. Slurry is a solid and liquid mixture (we're essentially pumping rocks). Our pumps are very large - think over 10 feet tall, weighing over 100,000 pounds, pumping over 20,000 gallons per minute! I've gotten to go to mines and see dump trucks with tires alone that are 13 feet tall. It's pretty amazing to see equipment on that large of scale. I would love to see more women enter the field!

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Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
Latest Questions
  • Martha, Windhoek asked Rachel Ziegler, Weir Minerals

    Added Monday, June 23, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Thank you for your time! I am one girl who is interested in engineering, electrical or mining....I can do away with all the maths subscribed for engineers but I'm not good at drawing as I heard it has a lot to do with drawing stuffs. Which field do you think I should grab?
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  • Alina , NJ

    Added Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Thank you for taking time out of your day to even read this. I am a junior in high school and am currently interested in the engineering fields more specifically robotics. I would like to know what kind of math classes I would need to take in college to learn electrical and mechanical engineering. I've heard that I would have to take calculus 1,2,and 3 along with linear algebra for the basics and then move on to computer science and programing for electrical engineering and then the "simpler" ...
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    Rachel Ziegler, Weir Minerals
    Answered Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:01 PM
    Hi Alina,
    
    I'm so happy to hear that you're interested in engineering!  You were correct that you need to take Calculus 1, 2, and 3, linear algebra, differential equations, and possibly some additional math credits depending on the program.  As you ...
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