Meet Emily Schatz, OC Electronics Engineering alum

Electronics engineering alum Emily Schatz sits at a computer desk by a window overlooking the mountain

'I wanted to gain hands-on experience so I could be a well-rounded design engineer'

Q: What years did you attend OC?

A: 2015-2017

Q: How did you end up at Okanagan College?

A: I chose Okanagan College specifically for the technologist program. 

Q: How did you choose your program?

A:  I wanted to become an engineer. I had heard that a common problem engineers face is not understanding how to design products for the people who are building them. I wanted to gain hands-on experience so I could be a well-rounded design engineer. The ELEN at Okanagan College program was able to do this, while also having the bridge to UBCO engineering. 

Q: What did you like most about the program?

A: I liked taking the theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom and applying it in the labs. I also liked how the labs provided so many opportunities to do design.

Q: What was one of your most meaningful memories during your time at OC?

A: All of my most meaningful memories involve my fellow classmates and professors. I loved how the class sizes were small and you went through the program with the same people and professors for the two years. 

Q: What are you doing currently?

A: I am currently a design engineer working at Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing here in Kelowna.

Q: Who gave you the best advice you ever received?

A: My childhood skating coach was always full of good advice. She taught me a lot about perseverance and hard work.

Q: What advice would you give to current or future students?

A: Enjoy every moment of it. Lean on your peers, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Q: Where are you the happiest?

A: I am the happiest when I get to be at home spending time with my pets. 

Q: What matters most to you right now?

A: Currently, the most important thing to me is nurturing my curiosity and continuing to learn and grow. Both in my career and in my personal life.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: I hope to see myself as a senior designer. I have really been enjoying how innovative the aerospace and aviation industry is, and I hope I continue to work within it.
 

Published By College Relations on December 13, 2022


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