Young Seal Reliability Engineer Discusses Academic-Practice Gap in Industry Podcast
In a recent episode of the Manufacturing Tomorrow’s Workforce podcast, SEPCO’s own seal reliability engineer, Jack Ferguson discussed his transition from student life to that of an industry professional. He also talked about the growing academic-practice gap, with Plant Services‘ Alexandra Ditoro.
In this conversation, Ferguson also touched on his strengths, like failure analysis, as well as areas in which he lacked some confidence when launching his career as a seal reliability professional.
Seal Reliability Is Best Learned Beyond the Classroom
Ferguson recently graduated from Clemson University with a mechanical engineering degree. He then began his role as a seal reliability engineer, his first “real-world” job.
“Where everything in the classroom […] is nice, and neat, and easy, and organized, in the field, it’s just not … There’s so much variation that can go on and so many different things that can happen that if you’re just going off of classroom experience, you’re not gonna be prepared for it,” Ferguson said.
In other words, hands-on experience is invaluable.
Check out the Full Interview in This Video
Listen to Ferguson’s full conversation with Ditoro and Plant Services in the video below!
You can also read the full transcript on Plant Services‘ website.