I have been an involved student over the course of my high school career. I take my academics seriously and try to stay as involved as I can. I will take my college education just as seriously. I will be majoring in Mechanical engineering at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids Michigan. I have always loved tinkering, researching, and building, I would like to specialize in heavy equipment, such as diesel semi-trucks that connect our state highways and bring goods and products to the consumers of Michigan’s great cities.
I have lived in Michigan all my life and so has my family. We enjoy all that Michigan has to offer, including all four seasons. I have a few ideas that I would like to share on how I believe my degree will help the state of Michigan.
My goals are to live and work in Michigan. I will be pursuing a career in the heavy equipment industry in Michigan. I would like work on many aspects from helping reduce weight in semi-trucks to improving power, and fuel mileage. This will help reduce the weight on our state roadways and increasing power will improve all trucks function and durability over years. This will help Michigan trucking companies from replacing trucks too soon, reducing the amount of fuel they use, and less maintenance of their vehicles.
“Green Trucks”, the more we discuss and research of how to develop and implement an alternate fuel vehicle program, the better it will be for Michigan’s environment, Michigan’s economy, and for the people who live here.
We can work to make semi-tractor and trailers designs lighter and more aerodynamic. This will lighten the average load down from around eighty thousand pounds. This will not put as much wear and tear on our cities roads.
Improving power, will optimize performance out on the road. Again help with fuel mileage. This will allow Michigan trucking companies to haul their loads more effectively and efficiently.
A career choice to me is something that should not be taken lightly. You are working all through high school and college to achieve a meaningful career, why not give it your all and work as hard as you possibly can to earn the career that you have always wanted. These are just a few examples of how my degree could help the state of Michigan. Thank you for your time and consideration!
Cody Lingerfelt, Center Line High School, class of 2015