How and Why to Become an Engineer

Posted by Meghan Hayes on Apr 21, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Now you want to be an engineer, so how do you do it?

During National Engineers Week  we filled you in on all the reasons you should be an engineer. EWeek, as it is also known, is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated engineering workforce by increasing the understanding of and interest in engineering careers in the United States.  So why should someone become and engineer?  And if you decide on an engineering career, how do you become one?

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Topics: IIoT, National Engineers Week, Engineering

COVID-19 and Manufacturers - We're here to help

Posted by Meghan Hayes on Mar 23, 2020 4:51:58 PM

The U.S. manufacturers, skilled tradesmen and engineers are shifting their energy and focus from manufacturing their traditional products and are battling the novel coronavirus nationwide by providing solutions to the lack of ventilators, hand sanitizer, sterilizers, N-95 masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages required to fight this threat. They are improvising new methods, tooling and materials to convert factories and keep them humming in the manufacture of these much needed supplies as the coronavirus pandemic threatens one of the biggest disruptions in memory to supply chains, staffing and demand.

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Topics: Technology, Internet of Things, Engineering, COVID-19

Wood Chucking or Engineering; the Choice is Yours

Posted by Meghan Hayes on Mar 10, 2020 7:30:00 AM

In today’s digital world it is hard to think of how things are still done the “old way”. The new way of doing things isn’t because the old way doesn’t work, but rather to make things easier or quicker. I am still a pencil and paper girl, if I need to take notes during a meeting, I am writing them the old-fashioned way, and then typing them up later. This was my process all through college and grad school, and I think helped me not only learn information, but retain it. Although, I am not one to fight efficiency, so the majority of what I do takes full advantage of digital tools.

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Topics: Engineering Services, National Engineers Week, Engineering

Each for Equal: International Women's Day 2020

Posted by Meghan Hayes on Mar 5, 2020 8:30:00 AM

This Sunday is International Women’s Day 2020!

How exciting is it that in today’s age, 47% of the workforce is women, accounting for 74.6 million women in the civilian labor force? That is something to be proud of! Women also earn more degrees than men; For the class of 2016–2017, women earned more than half of bachelor’s degrees (57.3%), master’s degrees (59.4%), and doctorate degrees (53.3%). Women have earned more bachelor’s degrees than men since 1982, more master’s degrees than men since 1987, and more doctorate degrees than men since 2006. In 2018, women held 51.5% of all management, professional, and related occupations.

Congrats ladies! We should feel proud of the improvements that have been made, but also acknowledge that we still have work to do.

Despite the great strides made toward gender equality over the last century, there are still several arenas where women are underrepresented in the workforce. Currently, engineering is one of those industries. It’s not news that manufacturing needs more women in skilled and professional positions such as the skilled trades, designing and drafting, engineering and development.

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Topics: Education, Engineering

What You Need to Know About the FIRST Robotics Competition at RIT

Posted by Bill Pollock on Mar 4, 2020 10:25:09 AM

FIRST Robotics competition is coming back to Rochester next week. The FIRST Robotics Finger Lakes Regional will be held at RIT on March 13th and 14th. If you have never been to one you need to go.  A FIRST Robotics competition is like nothing you have ever seen before.  It is all about technology and engineering and computer software and learning. It is also filled with loud music, cheers and teams of motivated and energized high school students working as teams to overcome obstacles. It won’t only be happening in Rochester. This is a worldwide movement. Nearly 4000 teams from 28 countries will be competing. Over a hundred thousand students will be part of more than 100 regional, district and championship events. Countless mentors and coaches from colleges, universities and industry volunteer long hours to help the teams organize and construct.  FIRST is hardcore technology on steroids designed to motivate and inspire students to get engaged in STEM and follow engineering of high-tech trades professions. FIRST makes technology into a sport. While fast paced and competitive, it also has a unique value-based culture.  They call it "Gracious Professionalism".It embraces competition but rejects trash talk and replaces it with respect for other teams.They call this "Coopertition", emphasizing that teams can cooperate and compete at the same time.

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Topics: Education, For Fun, Engineering

Wrap Up of National Engineers Week 2020

Posted by Meghan Hayes on Feb 27, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Wow! What a week we had last week. It is always great to take time to reflect on the work that is being done and promote the reasons why we do what we do. To wrap up this week and further push interested readers to pursue a career in engineering, below is a list of some of the different avenues you could take and work you could be a part of with a degree in engineering;

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Topics: Education, National Engineers Week, Engineering

Will Your Son or Daughter Grow Up to be an Engineer?

Posted by Pete Sherer on Feb 19, 2020 8:00:00 AM


Here at Optimation, being a business that anchors its livelihood in the manufacturing and high technology segment, we recognize and celebrate Engineer’s Week every year. We are a group of creative problem solvers, that use our engineering and technical training and experiences to help solve our client’s challenges and problems. So, during Engineer’s Week, we reflect back on how we got here, and what some of the life changing situations and decisions were that have contributed to our shared career paths.

As a bit of a retrospective, and anticipating that we might have some fun with the topic, I sent out a conversation starter to my engineering mates that asked, “When you were a child, what events did you experience that might have indicated to your parents that you had engineering/technical tendencies?” Today we want to offer these anecdotes to entertain, as well as hold them up as examples that today’s parents might look at and realize that their progeny have also exhibited similar traits. Maybe your Jimmy or Susie has acted in a way that, as you compare their recent hi-jinx to these stories, enlightens your understanding to their potential future as mechanical, chemical, or electrical engineers.

So, here are some of our formative stories, for your consideration and enjoyment:

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Topics: For Fun, National Engineers Week, Engineering

Take Two: How do you know you want to be an engineer?

Posted by Meghan Hayes on Feb 18, 2020 7:30:00 AM

So, how do you know if you want to be an engineer? I asked some of the engineers here at Optimation.

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Topics: Education, IIoT, National Engineers Week, Engineering

Breweries Need Expert Manufacturing, Here's Why

Posted by Meghan Hayes on Feb 13, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Upstate New York has Quadrupled it's Breweries in Less than a Decade.

It’s no secret that there has been an explosion of breweries popping up all over New York. Undoubtedly, the past decade has seen more changes in the American beer industry than at any other time in history, except for Prohibition perhaps.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Skilled Trades, Engineering

Top 10 Reasons to Use an Engineering Firm

Posted by Pete Sherer on Feb 11, 2020 7:30:00 AM

The Challenging Question We Often Face.

Recently, I was challenged by a friend, who is not associated with our business, if I could explain why one of our prospective clients why they would hire an outside design/build engineering firm.The client has the capability to produce products in their manufacturing plants, and would thus have a fair amount of in house capability. This is a very provocative question, and one which we are regularly challenged to answer. As I reflected on the varied reasons that support our business, I decided that rather than give my usual elevator speech, I would have a bit of fun with my answer.  So, here are what we observe are the top ten reasons (in ascending order) why our clients do routinely ask us to participate, as viewed from their perspective: 

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Topics: Technology, Safety, Trends, Internet of Things, Machine Guarding, Engineering Services, IIoT, Operations, Engineering

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