2021年7月1日

质量技术人员 student aims to break down barriers in engineering 和 manufacturing

quality tech student Krystal Dunn at desk

作为一名老兵, first-generation student 和 female machinist, Krystal Dunn is comfortable with challenging situations 和 not shy about setting out to break down barriers. She continues to do so as one of the first students to complete the certificate portion of Anoka Tech’s 质量检验技术人员计划.

克里斯托加入了 陆军国民警卫队 她17岁的时候.  She was injured during her service 和 still struggles today with the injury.

Since leaving the military, Krystal has explored several education 和 career options, consistently centered around engineering or programming.

Her first exposure to the machining field was in an entry-level position she worked in while attending school in Alex和ria, 明尼苏达州. “I first started as a general laborer, but I caught on as I watched one of the operators run the machine,克里斯托说. “My boss decided to pull me out of general labor 和 put me as a machine operator. Within three days I was running a CNC machine all by myself.”

Krystal caught on quickly 和 enjoyed what she was doing as an operator but felt limited due to her injury. The quality aspect of manufacturing intrigued her, so she started to explore her options in the hopes of becoming a well-educated, 多才多艺的员工.

“Quality is always a big aspect when manufacturing anything,克里斯托说. “So, I look at it as I'm improving my quality work in manufacturing but I’m also allowing myself to move up in a company 和 give myself a little ease to not be on my feet 10 hours a day.”

Between on-the-job training early in her career 和 the h和s-on education she’s receiving at Anoka Tech, Krystal is one step closer to her goal.

“When a company asks where I see myself, 我总是告诉他们, I want them to be able to put me anywhere in the shop 和 not have to worry about me,克里斯托说.

After Krystal received her 质量检验员 certificate in spring 2021, she transitioned from part-time work to a full-time internship where she’s getting experience in engineering 和 quality for the summer. Krystal plans to return to Anoka Tech in the fall to complete her Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in 质量技术人员.

 

“Ultimately I want to work in an engineering department at a company. I wouldn’t mind being the first female engineer they hire 和 try to break barriers. Show other girls what they can achieve 和 work along with the boys in this field.”

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