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those of you who are engineers or similar ?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by R72K5, Feb 21, 2003.

  1. R72K5

    R72K5 Banned

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    for anyone who is an engineer or who has some other technical type of career- vehicle related or not- what kind of engineer/what exactly do you do, and how did you get started ?

    trying to get ideas, trying to figure out what i want to do, what there is out there these days.

    thanks
     
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    Mechanical Engineer.
    I design Surgical Robots:

    www.intuitivesurgical.com

    Got started because I was so good at tearing things apart when I was a kid. Always loved learning how things worked, so I went into Engineering so I could do New Product Design.

    Plus, the shop at work with the CNC is VERY handy for fabricating K5 parts!

    Feel free to PM me if you have any questions!
    Good Luck in your search,

    -Ben
     
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    Don't know if this is something you may be interested in, but I'm an American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector. Week long course and an 8 hour examine. I work in the oil/gas industry. Inspect pressure piping and vessels. Cost of the course was $1500 plus (company I work for paid for it /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif) Kinda fell into this line of work after taking a year of Architectural Design in college. Most bridge, building, pipeline projects require that at least one CWI is on staff to certify construction. Good money, and you can get a job just about anywhere.

    John
     
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    I'm a mechanical engineer/draftsman. I hate it. I'm going back to school to be an architect. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Yeah, I was planning on being an architect, but then my professor, who had been an architect for 20 years, said he took the job at the community college so he could afford to eat /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif That was about ten years ago, in California. Hopefully the job market has gotten better.

    John
     
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    Please enlighten me on why you hate it...I'm in college right now designated as a mechanical engineering major.
     
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    It just doesn't interest me. I hate having to do something and spend a lot of time on it and then they just scrap it. I also have to work with other people's stupid designs and they won't listen to me about how to make it better. Then I have to spend even more time fixing their stupid mistakes. I guess what it is is that it doesn't interest me that much and it is a lot of work for how much I am interested in it. I hated the stuff in college, too. If you like that, you should be fine. It might also be my current employer. My last job was cool, this one just sucks.
     
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    Unfortunately a big part of the problem is that if you are working for a living, it will always suck in one way or another. /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif

    For me, the job always has downfalls when dealing with others, but the pluses of an Engineering job keep me coming back in the morning. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    -Ben
     
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    software engineer. i grew up in a family of computer geeks. i started writing code at 7 and have been ever since. i guess it was sort of bred into me. i've taken lots of classes but the most i've learned was from wanting to learn how to do something and figureing it out.
     
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    John, where did they have the welding inspector course at ?
    did you have to have any prerequisites to take the course such as the architectural design course ?


    i think that taking any course at all is a gamble in that you wont know if youre going to like the field- in which you are taking course for- until its "too late"- until after you are employed in the field

    seems like alot of ppl tend to "fall" or happen to run into the employment in which they have after school, even if isnt really what they went ot school for.


    is this how you guys that have taken course(s) and been employed in the field in which you are working feel ? sounds like people alot of the time "fall" into the field/work they are doing and sometimes isnt even what they went to school for.

    thanks !
     
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    i'm a mechanical engineer, sure the schoolwork sucked there for a bit, but it was worth it in my opinion...

    i've got 2 jobs right now, the first one i do development and dyno testing of a prototype engine. i work for a small company that has a patent on a rotary valve engine, its a good job and i love it, i get to use my mechanical skills as well as my fabrication skills.

    the second job is even cooler, i'm vice president of a small company thats about to start mass producing dune buggys, atv size, atv performance, kind of like the old honda pilot/odessey, only much better. we're about 3 months away from our first prodution run. the second prototype is doing real well, it's a 2 seater and it'll run a supercross track, 22 inch dual stage adjustable coil overs, its a stout machine. hopefully it'll take off this fall and i'll be working full time on that project.

    good luck, theres a lot you can with an ME degree, its well worth the pain of college
     
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    I engineer chaos and mayhem, or was it mayhem and chaos. Well, you get the point. I can never keep the two straight. Does that count?
     
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    I am an RF Engineering Specialist, That is a fancy way of saying I fix problems and rush production of TV and radio broadcast equiptment.
     
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    Sorry I didn't reply sooner, only online at work /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif. I actually took the course in Indianapolis. Go to www.AWS.org they have all kinds of listings for when and where the courses will be held. Need any more info, feel free to PM me. Only prerequisites are "x" amount of time in related fields.

    John
     
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    I'm a second-term freshman of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University in Flint, MI (formerly GMI). So far I like it, but I've only begun to scratch the surface. Hard work, only going to get harder... but like I said... I like it so far.
     
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    Im 12 credits away from my first degree (BS) in architecture. Its a great scam, repackage and sell space to someone who already owns it... almost as good a deal as the guy who invented "my pet rock". /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

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    I design Commercial building systems including Plumbing, HVAC, Power and Lighting. I have experience in Process Plant design, and Industrial Facility design.

    Been in the business for over 10 years.
     

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