Kim Wheeler
Miss Kim Wheeler
Mechanical Engineer, The Walt Disney Company
Windermere, FL

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  • Describe what you do in your current work situation.
    I support a lot of projects and refurbishments across the Walt Disney World property. I do a lot of design and redesign of various components on our attractions. I also support construction efforts, ride testing, and project management.
  • Why did you choose engineering?
    I chose Engineering because I have always had an interest in how things work. I did FIRST robotics in high school and developed a love and passion for design, manufacturing and assembly. I had a great interest in building things and using my hands and thought Engineering was a great fit for that.
  • Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
    I went to school for Mechanical Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. I am currently studying for my Master's of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management at the University of Florida (go Gators!)
  • What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
    Engineering Design, Design for manufacturability, finite element analysis, Solidworks and AutoCAD, project management, Construction support, Hazard Analysis, Design of Experiments, Testing development, Hazard Aligments, business decision making
  • What do you like best about being an engineer?
    I like the fact that I can solve problems and be creative to come up with solutions. I like working with people to come together to solve problems
  • Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
    I received my professional engineering license, or PE license in May of 2016.
  • What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?
    I struggled a lot balancing extra-curricular activities with the rigorous engineering program. Once I learned to balance my time and manage my own expectations and life I was able to succeed and bring those skills into my job.
  • What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
    Eventually I would like to work on a larger scale construction project and get into more project management. For long term I would like to get into management.
  • What (or who) had/has the greatest influence on your life choices?
    My dad has always been really influential in my life. I lost my mom when I was little so watching him go through that experience paved the path for who I am today.
  • What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
    Don't be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. You are in control of your destiny, and if you have confidence in yourself it will go a very long way. Engineering as a woman is challenging and fulfilling rolled into one.
  • Any other stories or comments you would like to share with EngineerGirl visitors?
    Don't be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. You are in control of your destiny.
  • Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
    I love watching sports on TV snuggled on the couch with my pug, Sammy.
Biography
My name is Kim and I've been working for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for about 5 years now. I started as an intern in Engineering Services Resorts, where I learned a lot about how maintenance works on large scale resort hotels. For the last 4 years I've been working as an Engineer for the Design & Engineering department, which supports all of the attractions, entertainment infrastructures, parades, transportation, and just about anything you can imagine here at Walt Disney World. One of my biggest projects has been working on the opening of the brand new Festival Of Fantasy Parade, which features lots of new exciting floats and technological advances. I recently started a position within the Ride Engineering team, where I work on updating attractions such as the Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Rail Road, and the Kilimanjaro Safari over at Animal Kingdom. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. I am currently working on my Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering/Engineering Management from the University of Florida.
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Education
Bachelor of Science, Northeastern University Master of Science, University of Florida
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  • Alexander Gomez asked Kim Wheeler, The Walt Disney Company

    Added Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 11:59 AM

    Related to Choosing a Degree, Education, Engineering Branches
    Answers 1
    Kim Wheeler, The Walt Disney Company
    Answered Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 12:03 PM
    Good morning Alexander!
    
    I picked engineering because I have a fascination with how things work. Also, I always love to learn and I knew with an engineering profession I would never stop learning. The great thing about engineers is that we get to help ...
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  • Haley Grubbs asked Kim Wheeler, The Walt Disney Company

    Added Monday, October 2, 2017 at 12:19 AM

    I just turned 25 and I am currently at a community college. I've been in various occupations over the years: flight attendant, teacher assistant, behavior clinician, et cetera. My current degree track is setting me up to transfer to Virginia Tech and study Computational and Systems Neuroscience, but I am finally realizing that I would be absolutely miserable if I was not able to dream and create on a daily basis. I also have very many interests, and mechanical design would merge at least two of ...
    Related to Education, Engineering Skills, Internships & Jobs, Mechanical, Preparation for College, Special fields and Interdisciplinary, Sports & Entertainment
    Answers 1
    Kim Wheeler, The Walt Disney Company
    Answered Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 3:48 PM
    Good afternoon Haley
    
    Thanks for reaching out!  It is exactly hard to say what kind of education is required. We have creative folks who design and create who don't have any degree, but they are very talented! If you do want to be an Engineer title ...
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  • Kinsley asked Kim Wheeler, The Walt Disney Company

    Added Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 4:58 PM

    Related to Internships & Jobs, Mechanical
    Answers 1
    Kim Wheeler, The Walt Disney Company
    Answered Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 9:55 PM
    Hi Kinsley,
    
    Thanks for reaching out!
    
    I was fortunate where I did not participate in the college program and was able to get an internship the first time I applied. That being said, I had a lot of previous relevant internship experience (in the ...
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