Growing Your Engineering Career: Advice From an Engineering Management Master’s Graduate

Masters in Engineering Management Career Profile

From the moment Corey Dixon began his internship at Chrysler, he saw potential and dreamed big.

His undergrad degree in mechanical engineering prepared him for a career focused on industrial engineering, a focus that led him into the automotive field. At Chrysler, he quickly rose from intern to Quality Shift Manager, overseeing a growing team on the production floor. But Corey realized that, with the right degree, his career path could take him to new heights.

“To make the career move you want to make these days,” Corey says, “you almost have to have a Master’s degree.” Together with a classmate from undergrad, Corey explored the Master of Engineering in Engineering Management degree from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville.

The engineering management degree was attractive for several reasons. “It’s great to be pursuing a degree that’s offered 100% online,” says Corey, who is now on target to graduate. “It’s a flexible degree. I can live my everyday life and still go to school to get the degree I need.”

“It was also nice not having to take the GMAT,” Corey also notes. “Standardized tests just don’t speak to everyone and their full suite of skills. Plus, I can focus my studies and my projects on the industrial side of engineering, a focus that fits with my career goals.”

About 25% of Corey’s classmates are focused on industrial engineering like he is; many others come from a military background or through private engineering firms and consultant groups.

Corey is already seeing parallels between the engineering management courses he takes at UofL and the “real world” experience he’s living at Chrysler. “The project management skills I learn are put into practice in my career,” he says. “We’re doing Gant charts right now, for example, and creating key timelines as we work together to launch a new plant in Northern Virginia. It’s interesting to see my classwork already in action. I see a lot of application of text and theory.”

The new plant also holds the key to Corey’s career growth. Corey will be relocating to that site at launch, joining the supply chain team in a position that allows for more vertical moves within the company. His end goal is to become a plant manager — a goal that is closer than ever with his graduation coming up and his new position in the smaller, more mobile unit of Chrysler.

His advice to other students?

“Go for it. The flexible classes are great. And the teachers are wonderful — they present and lecture very effectively — no fluff, right to the meat of the course. They make the program achievable and challenging, yet easy for you.”

Learn more about the Master of Engineering in Engineering Management degree from UofL. View all our online programs here.