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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.

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Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

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Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?

Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

My parents

How did you go about getting your current job?

Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

On LinkedIn, I reached out to the Irish Network in San Diego group.

Describe a typical day?

Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

I arrive at 7am, get some coffee and check my emails and instant messages. Then I work on projects that have the highest priority or have people waiting on me to do something. There are meetings scattered throughout the day, some are walking meetings which gives us a chance to get some fresh air!

What are the main tasks and responsibilities?

Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

Collaborating with my coworkers to make 3D models of what they need and producing drawings. I work with manufacturers to ensure the parts can be made and are mechanically sound. I 3D print prototypes of things we are working on, I create part numbers and bills of materials, and do some concept modelling too.

What are the main challenges?

Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

We have a lot of projects at once, so juggling all them at the same time can be a challenge.

What's cool?

Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

Modeling something from scratch, and seeing the physical part after manufacture

What's not so cool?

Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

The problems that we face can be very unique and need tailored solutions, so the work can be meticulous at times (but interesting too)!

What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?

Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

3D modelling and design for manufacturability knowledge.

What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?

Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

I took higher level maths, spanish, biology, business and home ec. They didn't really influence me, I didn't know what I wanted to do when I was choosing my subjects.

What is your education to date?

Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

Bachelors in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from TCD.

What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?

Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

Working in a team, hands on experience definitely, presentation and communication, math and physics

What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?

Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

Becoming a full time employee, getting my first raise, having co-workers look to me for answers, international business trips, building relationships with vendors, the list could go on!

What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?

Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

I'm not afraid to ask questions, I think this is so important to grow. Attention to detail, friendly, open minded, multi-tasker.

What is your dream job?

Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

That changes every day.

Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?

Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

Yes absolutely

What advice would you give to someone considering this job?

Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

It is a fast-paced environment, and you have to be able to work as part of a team and find creative solutions to unique problems.

What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?

Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

Problem solving skills, willing to learn, teamwork.

Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?

Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

I have taken various courses and certifications to learn more and improve my skills, and I plan to continue training in areas relevant to me.

What kinds of work experience would provide a good background for this position?

Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

Definitely some machine shop experience, understanding different machines and manufacturing methods.

What is your current job title?

Megan Walsh, Mechanical Engineer

Taoglas USA, Mechanical Engineer.

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