In the summer of 1974, and for the first time since World War II, most of the branches of the U.S. military advertised to women. Along with thousands of other women, Carol J. McBride signed up. Since then, she has studied engineering and drafting, worked as a traffic engineer, majored in philosophy at the University of Arizona, and learned to draw.
As an arts and crafts instructor, she taught kids how to build mechanical toys out of recyclables and trash, tape, glue, and a little paint, and called the classes “MacGyver” in tribute to the methods used in the television show.
Carol now drives a 200-ton haulage dump truck loaded with 320 tons of copper and dirt—a daily, close-up and personal study of the principles of physics. She is coauthor of Engineer This!: 10 Amazing Projects for Young Mechanical Engineers. She also illustrated It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, It Was a Hot and Steamy Night, and It Was a Wild and Crazy Life by Misa Gonzales.