If you ask an engineer what a “typical day” for them looks like, they will often say, “there is no typical day.” For Sharon McDonald, Regional Account Engineering Leader at TÜV SÜD GRC, this diversity was exactly what drew her to the field. In her role within the organization, Sharon works to ensure that clients receive the best loss control programs available and her work is integral in providing valued partnerships and thought leadership. In a recent interview, she shares what she enjoys most about working within the industry and advice she has for engineers of the future.
Sharon McDonald, Regional Account Engineering Leader at TÜV SÜD GRC
New York, USA
Why did you choose to become an engineer?
I’m from an immigrant family and grew up being motivated to pursue a degree that would be applicable in the real world. I was never much good at math and science classes in high school, but I retook them and became much better; I even ended up tutoring in college. I was surrounded by engineers in my college chemistry classes and they inspired me to pursue an engineering degree.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I like that every day is different; there’s no “typical day.” I enjoy going new places and meeting new people, so going into the field to see a new plant or installation is always enjoyable. There’s a technical component to things, as well. Helping our Account Engineers navigate all our systems can be incredibly rewarding. There’s so much information on how we should be doing things and what we should be learning in terms of engineering practices and technology. It’s hard to be an expert in everything, and I’m trying to use this expertise in these systems as a resource to help and inspire others.
Do you have any advice for engineers of the future?
In life, and in the field, you should always be up front and honest- that’s the bottom line. Always be clear with your expectations, and when all is said and done, everything needs to make sense when you communicate with others. With any career, great writing, speaking and presentation skills are always crucial, and you should get as much training as possible.
National Engineering Week aims to celebrate how engineers make a difference in the world. Organized by DiscoverE, Engineering Week is a year-round commitment to celebrating talented engineers, sharing knowledge, and encouraging more young people to pursue engineering as a career. To celebrate this event, TÜV SÜD Global Risk Consultants and TÜV SÜD have interviewed talented engineers that make up our organizations. Stay tuned for more interviews from our talented engineers!