Shane Lowney wanted to be a mechanical engineer because he has always been handy with machinery and he wanted to get a job working with his hands when he was out of college. A native of Tampa, Florida, Lowney wanted to get an education in Mechanical Engineering so he could use his natural talent with machinery and design to start a rewarding and lucrative career. Today, Lowney works for a local factory to help fix heavy machinery and operate the production line machines to add efficiency. He also has two other side jobs that he does part time to supplement his income and keep him busy. He designs new machines for small businesses and private farmers and helps fix machinery for these other clients at times as well. Lowney also took an interest in aviation and today flies a Cessna 182 aircraft for tourists and others who want to see Tampa Bay from the air.
Shane Lowney wanted to attend the Florida Institute of Technology because he knew it was one of the best technical colleges near his home and he wanted the best training possible to start his new career. Lowney knew that he wanted to stay close to home as well, so he enrolled in FTI and quickly found his calling. Mechanical engineers can take a variety of jobs in many different industries. Many offer engineering services to companies or on a freelance basis like Lowney does on occasion. Others work on manufacturing the machines themselves, designing them and ensuring that they work properly for use in many different industries. Some mechanical engineers, especially on Florida’s so-called Space Coast, near Cape Canaveral, work on astronautics and design and implement gear for spacecraft and other highly complex space monitoring systems and machinery. Other mechanical engineers work on computer manufacturing and hardware development for new computer products and services. Still others work in Research and Development for companies that need to design highly technical products.
Shane Lowney found his skills and services in high demand after he earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from FTI. Since moving back to Tampa, Florida after he earned his degree in 2002, he has found plenty of opportunities to work on machines and ensure that they are working properly and safely for workers on factory floors, farms, and more. Lowney loves his work and recommends mechanical engineering as a course of study to anyone who feels comfortable tinkering with machines and finding out how they work and how they work best.
Shane Lowney has always been comfortable taking things apart and putting them back together throughout his life. He loves his job and he loved working to earn his education in the field that he knew he would be good at in his professional life.