Nicole Adams

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  • 1. What made you want to get into engineering? And specifically, your specialization?
    I love to be challenged and I enjoy pushing myself until I achieve something. As an engineer, you are presented with a problem to solve or an idea to realize, and it is up to you to design a solution. I enjoy brainstorming and researching until I can find a feasible solution to present to the customer. I decided to specialize in Electrical Engineering because electric power is unseen by the naked eye and that appeals to me because it is something most people are unfamiliar with. In addition, I want to prove to people that women can do the same job as men and achieve success in the engineering field.

  • 2. What advice would you give freshly graduated engineers?
    Continue learning and pushing yourself each and every day at your job. Once you begin your first job, you realize fast that 4 years of school cannot teach you everything; not even close! Remember that your fellow co-workers are your best resources and mentors. They enjoy answering your questions and sharing their knowledge with you because one day the shoe will be on the other foot.

  • 3. What has been a project that you have worked on that you are proud of or that has been most interesting to you?
    Within the first 4 months of starting at Littelfuse Startco, I was given the responsibility to design an underground potash mine sled. I consider this a major accomplishment and am very proud to have taken something like that on at such an early stage in my career. Recently, I have had the opportunity to work on a prototype machine, that is 5 years in the making, for an up-and-coming mine in North America.

  • 4. What is your favorite part about your job? Why?
    I participate in the bid proposal, the design process, and the construction of the finished product. It is not common in an Engineering role to see your product from start to finish. This allows me to work with a variety of departments, meet and learn from different people, and learn about the different procedures within our company. I enjoy problem solving, and in the Custom Products department of which I am a part of, no two problems are the same.