Trudy Curley

Trudy Curley

Mechanical Engineer


Axon

Tempe, AZ USA

Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Mechanical Engineering
University of Kansas
Career

Career

Mechanical Engineer

I design fixtures and processes to build products and ensure they are built appropriately.

Day to Day

If a student were to shadow me for a day, they would see that I multi-task. I will design and build fixtures for new product integration, assist technicians on the manufacturing floor if a process has issues, and develop standards for product data management.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I feel like school has prepared me well and here are the following experiences needed for work: software specific programs, communicating with non-engineers, multi-tasking, documenting and organizing your work, learning to work in team environment and taking the lead when needed.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Do not be shy nor intimidated by what you want to study; believe in yourself and surround yourself with other like-minded individuals.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Mechanical Engineering
Hurdles

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

I didn't have enough money to afford to go to college. Luckily, I received a full ride scholarship from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that enabled me to attend.

First-Generation College Student
First-Generation College Student

I was the first person in my family to go to college and, even though they couldn't really help me, my parents and friends were very supportive.

Gender Discrimination
Gender Discrimination

I stand out in my field (not always in a good way) because I am a woman and a minority. I joined Society of Women Engineers and the American Indian Science & Engineering Society to build supportive networks.

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