The design process is information-intensive. It requires the use and adaption of complex scientific and mathematical techniques. For a design engineer, the ultimate goal is to develop conceptual and detailed designs for a product that performs effectively and efficiently.
At VOSS, we’re fortunate enough to have a team of design engineers who are logical, yet creative. Who can think strategically, while still focusing on the details. Noah Snyder is one of those engineers, and today, the spotlight is on him.
Noah started at VOSS as an Engineering Intern in May 2012 and was hired on as a Design Engineer in July 2013. We sat down with him to ask him a few questions about his engineering career, and here’s what he had to say.
Q: What inspired you to become an engineer?
A: At a young age, I was always amazed at how my grandpa could fix anything. This drove my need to understand how everything works, whether it be through hands-on experience or countless hours of research. Once I got a basic understand of how most things work, I continuously wanted to find ways to improve their function.
Q: Did your education prepare you for your career in engineering?
A: My education did give me a wonderful background in engineering and provided me with many tools to aid me through my career. However, I believe the time I spent interning at VOSS helped prepare me the most for my career in engineering. My internship enabled me to learn how other engineers complete their day-to-day tasks, and allowed me to develop my own method of completing similar tasks.
Q: What’s the most challenging project you’ve worked on at VOSS?
A: Every project has its challenges, but the one thing I’ve learned while working in the automotive industry is to expect many changes. The greatest challenge is when these design changes are late in a project, which has the potential to lead to tight project deadlines. This is the most challenging aspect of my job as an engineer.
Q: What do you enjoy most about working in engineering?
A: I really enjoy seeing a project come together. For me, knowing all of the finer details that went into creating that one component for a vehicle is always satisfying. Plus, I really enjoy when I am out with family and friends and can say I helped design a part that goes on that vehicle as it drives by.
Q: What challenges do you face working in engineering?
A: One of the greatest challenges I face as an engineer is going into work with a game plan of what I want to accomplish by the end of the day, and then having multiple unforeseen things pop up throughout the day. This causes me to have to push that day’s tasks to the next day. Even though this challenge causes a delay, I do get enjoyment out of the additional unforeseen tasks because it keeps my job interesting. I am never bored at work.
Q: What advice do you have for someone interested in working in engineering?
A: Get active in a local engineering group. This helped me in multiple ways, including networking with fellow engineers who shared similar interests. Joining this group also allowed me to brainstorm new ideas while working on school projects or random projects that the group would create. This would help someone decide if engineering is the best field for them.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends. Some hobbies of mine are fishing, hunting, shooting handgun and long rife, golfing, and anything else that gets me outside. I also love to watch Ohio State football in the fall! Go Buckeyes!