A chat with Christie Mattern on International Women in Engineering Day
An MI Windows and Doors team member since 2007, Christie Mattern started with the company as a Commercial Sales Associate. After going back to school to study information systems, she has spent the past three years as MI’s Engineering Project Administrator. In honor of International Women in Engineering Day, we spoke with Christie about her work.
What goes into your job on a daily basis?
I do a lot of projects with Engineering Change Notices (ECNs). I try to keep the ECNs straight and make sure that they’re all implemented. And I keep projects moving along. I’m also responsible for the different databases within engineering and updating software applications for all of MI.
What part of your work is specific to engineering?
For engineering itself, it’s mostly watching the different projects and making sure they’re moving forward and all the pieces stay in place. I also monitor Product Data Management (PDM) – where all our files are stored. We have title blocks in our CAD drawings. I make sure they’re populated correctly.
What kind of training did receive for your job?
I have two associate’s degrees from Harrisburg Area Community College. I first went to school to get an Associate of Arts in Business Management. I later went back to school for Computer Information Systems to be a database analyst and graduated in 2018.
You previously worked as MI’s Engineering Services Group Supervisor. What kind of duties did you have in that position?
I completed costed bill of materials in SB client, updated title blocks in CAD drawings, and supervised engineering services support specialists. I also installed and provided help to AutoCAD and SolidWorks applications, along with training and help for Autodesk Vault PDM.
What do you like most about your current job?
I like to see the projects go through from the beginning to the end. I like to see the results.
What would you tell young women or girls who are interested in engineering?
If it’s something you want to do, go for it. A lot of women do not go into engineering. But I am proud to be part of this department.
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part is when the AutoCAD or SolidWorks programs aren’t working and I have to fix them. Fortunately, I took some administrative training in both of those programs.
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