Mechanical Engineering

Rachel Fine's Dream Job

Rachel designs and develops children’s car seats.  She sees the development process through from start to finish, finding out what consumers need in a car seat, brainstorming new ideas, and designing and testing models.

Where she works
Rachel is employed at Graco Children’s Products in Exton, Pennsylvania.

Best part of being an engineer
“It’s really fun to go out into the field and observe consumers, understand what they need and want, and then come up with solutions that nobody else has thought of before to solve those problems. Knowing that we’re actually developing innovative, creative products that help parents on a daily basis and keep children safe is very fulfilling.”

Education
B.S. in mechanical engineering, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois.

Women in engineering
“It’s so important to have women on the team to help with product design, especially designing baby products. As a woman, I have a different perspective, and that is really helpful.”

A variety of experience
Before working on car seats, Rachel developed take-out packaging for restaurants like McDonald's, Burger King, and Olive Garden. She also worked for a competitor of Graco, designing children’s strollers.

Advice
“Try as many things as possible. Find internships in different areas, experiment, and make sure that you see all the different aspects that engineering can offer.”

Hobbies
Anything that keeps her active and outside: running, hiking, even skydiving! Rachel also plays the piano.

How she got interested
In high school, Rachel helped to design and build a robot that then competed in a game against other high schools' robots. “I realized that there was actually a field where you could be creative and technical. Engineering just seemed like a perfect fit for me.”

Travel
“I developed car seats for Europe, so I was just in Germany and Finland doing crash testing.”  Rachel’s varied job experience has also taken her to China and all around the U.S.A.

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