Is This Really Work?

I do believe that most people have at least one thing that they really love to do. The sad thing is that the majority of people are not fortunate enough to do it for work. I however am one of the lucky ones.

I was hired as an Administrative Assistant almost a year ago. As the AdministrativeAssistant of Merit Tool & Manufacturing, I have the opportunity and pleasure to wear several hats. My all-time favorite hat to wear is the engineering (drawing) hat.

My drawing hat has traveled with me everywhere. It has always and will always be a big part of my wardrobe. I will continue to add feathers of accomplishments to it when I conquer each task placed before me. I really enjoy learning new programs / systems and the challenges / opportunities that come with it.

The world of 3D drawing has always impressed me. We use AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor. Autodesk Inventor is a 3D model program and it is amazing! The fascinating thing is that I have been given the opportunity and support to learn it. This program will be my next accomplishment (another feather in my hat).

I get so captivated when I’m in the drawing world that I have to force myself away to allow time to do my other responsibilities. It just doesn’t seem like work when you are given the time to do what you love to do and learn new ways of doing it better. I worked for a guy who would always say “The good guys make it look easy”. I find myself thinking of him and smiling when I figure out a way to do something easier and better. I just might be working my way up to becoming one of the good guys.

Lately, we have had several jobs to do some reverse engineering. This is where the fun comes in. I sketch the part, precisely measure it, and then draw a 3D model in Inventor. After the 3D model is complete, I create a 2D dimensional drawing from the 3D model. The machinist uses the 2D dimensional drawing to make the parts. It all seems like magic to me.

How in the world is something so fun considered as work? Oh by the way, I even get paid to do this. I believe this is what is called a WIN/WIN.

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  1. Phil says:

    Inventor is really cool. Don’t forget about the newest advantage – CAM programming, posting usable machine programs right from Inventor with their new HSM Works integrated software. Autodesk now has what they have been lacking for so long – CAM software, and it’s easy to use and works great. Win/Win, and so fun you’d almost do it for free…almost. 🙂

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