When Kaitlin Logan ’16 was at Messiah College, she majored in engineering with an environmental concentration because of her interest in the field of science and problem-solving tasks. Before graduating from Messiah, Logan was offered a full-time position at Johnson Controls, a global diversified technology and multi industrial leader focusing on buildings and energy growth platforms.
Since then, she has been working as engineer in the engineering training program. She fixes problems that are occurring in the manufacturing of large air handling units with clients such as Microsoft and Messiah College. She also helps out on the development end by defining rules for different features that her company allows customers to select with their product.
Logan credits her early success to her love and understanding about the field she pursues. “Students who do well in engineering have a good work ethic, are self-motivated, and are humble enough to reach out to other students and their professors for help,” said Logan. “Being able to work as a team is critical to success.”
According to her, the engineering field has a great job market because it is a very varied field. As an engineer, she gets to interact with a lot of different people in other fields and helps them solve their problems. Her skills were gained when she was at Messiah and exposed to opportunities that challenged her to learn and grow.
“Through the satellite housing option, I was able to live in the Restoration House and wrestle with the broken relationship we have created between ourselves and the environment that we live in,” said Logan. “The intentional community this house created allowed for in depth discussions that could be both challenging and encouraging.”
College life also taught Logan that she has limits and is incapable of doing everything she desired. However, she learned that she is not defined by her academic achievements and that she is always deeply loved by God, despite her failure.
“College is a time to make your faith your own, and Messiah provided a setting through its classes where we could talk about how our faith needed to impact how we viewed the world,” said Logan. “Faith isn’t just for a Sunday morning, but also has a place in the classroom, at my work and in my social life.”
Logan wants to remind students that college won’t last forever, and that one class they’re struggling with won’t last forever, as well. It might be really difficult and frustrating, especially if high school is a breeze, but college is about teaching what things to think about and how to solve problems.
“All of the specific formulas and equations are often less important than knowing how to brainstorm, research, and work with a team to find a solution, so don’t beat yourself up over every poor test grade or unsolved homework problem,” said Logan.
“Remember the big picture, don’t sweat the small stuff, and trust God to guide you to do great things to build His kingdom.”
- My Nguyen ’17