Kim Wheeler

Mechanical Engineer, The Walt Disney Company
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"Don't be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. You are in control of your destiny."

INTERVIEW DATE November 19, 2016
HER JOB Mechanical Engineer, Ride and Show Engineering, The Walt Disney The Company
Engineering Careers
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Don't be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. You are in control of your destiny.
Kim Wheeler, The Walt Disney Company

ADDEDSaturday, November 19, 2016

  • Q
    Describe what you do in your current work situation?
    A
    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.
  • Q
    Why did you choose engineering?
    A
    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.
  • Q
    Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
    A
    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!)
  • Q
    What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
    A
    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
  • Q
    What do you like best about being an engineer?
    A
    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
  • Q
    Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
    A
    I received my professional engineering license, or PE license in May of 2016.
  • Q
    What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?
    A
    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.
  • Q
    What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
    A
    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.
  • Q
    What (or who) had/has the greatest influence on your life choices?
    A
    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.
  • Q
    What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
    A
    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.
  • Q
    Any other stories or comments you would like to share with EngineerGirl visitors?
    A
    Don't be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. You are in control of your destiny.
  • Q
    Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
    A
    I love watching sports on TV snuggled on the couch with my pug, Sammy.