Arnel is the Senior Stationary Engineer for the Steinhart Aquarium.
Briefly describe your job and your area of expertise. Assistant to the Chief Engineer. Supervises day-to-day activities of Engineers, operating and maintaining a variety of Aquarium Life Support Systems and Building Systems.
What got you interested in becoming an Engineer?
What do you like most and least about your job? What I like most is: having lots to do, always something new and "different"...
What training did you receive?
What influenced your job choice and when? I remember enjoying my first visit to the California Academy of Sciences during a field trip when I was about 10 years old. I really liked Steinhart Aquarium, especially the dolphins and seals. Our 5th grade class was assigned to do a project on an animal of our choice. Even though the deadline was weeks away, I turned in my report on dolphins the very next day, along with a "shoebox" diorama that copied their exhibit at the Aquarium. Some 20 years later, when a job opportunity came up, I requested a transfer from SFO to work here.
Do you have pets at home? What and how many? No real pets, although we refer to our iRobot Roomba (vacuum cleaner) as our "doggie".
Advice for someone wanting to go into your field. No real advice, just wish the best of luck to you!
More about Arnel
Arnel’s Suggested Reading:
“Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman” by James Gleick, 1993 (Vintage)
“Submarine: A Guided Tour Inside a Nuclear Warship” by Tom Clancy and John Gresham, 1993 (Berkley Books).