Jatin Mehta, Senior Electrical Engineer, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control: You quickly find yourself working long hours and working on weekends, and it becomes a challenge to achieve a good work-life balance. Abigail Kuchan, Lockheed Martin Engineer: One major challenge was learning how to cope with rejection — not being selected for a job or having my ideas turned down — while continuing to put my best foot forward. Thank you. 5 points6 points7 points 5 years ago (0 children), there's a point where pay is just not worth it. Genetic engineering will help us to understand things like … It's pretty ironic that I just stumbled onto this post. He bends over, picks up the frog, and puts it in his pocket. You don't have to deal with the mess or feel like the result of that mess is your problem. The Disadvantages of Being an Engineering Technician. What is satisfying or gratifying for you? Hopefully I won’t bore you. Every company is different and the culture and coworkers are quite varied. Being an engineer is an amazing feeling, simply because you get the joys of making and designing things that have never been made before. To the point, I figured out what I actually loved doing, what aspects of engineering I love doing, and I found the right career field. Working so far. As a chemical engineer, you could make an average of $102,260 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Best of luck. You should be happy, and if not you should find a way to be happy. Architects actually spend twice the amount of time working on a project as it takes to build it, in order to address various start-up and close-out issues. Communication Gisele Bennett, Director of Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory, Georgia Tech: Communication skills between engineers and scientists are sometimes challenging. It should be somewhat similar, right? You mentioned something about satisfaction. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy. as anywhere else. Pay The median annual wage for architectural and engineering managers was $144,830 in May 2019. Typical EE job, testing the circuit board for faults. [–]c8nice 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (0 children). And on top of that, if you were a really good engineer you could become a supervisor and maybe even a manager (back then a "manager" title was a big deal, not so much today). There is only so much time in a day and it becomes difficult to manage where to best apply your time, energy, & effort. As for job satisfaction...well can't say much on that lol, it's hard to feel like you are contributing something to society when there is so much shit happening throughout the world and so many people risking their lives that no matter what you do it will never compare. I don't know. Overly insulting or crass comments will be removed. But it took its toll on me. This includes YouTube channels, blogs, etc. I didn't like it before, but I finally realized I hated it and didn't want that as my career. Part of it was laziness, but a major part of it is figuring out what I really, genuinely liked doing. Overall though I enjoy what I do. But it is not true in cases of many people. to deal with, but I liked it. Being the only female in a group of men is a challenge, but it’s important to realize that people who don’t respect you because you are a female are the exception and not the rule. — Gordon L. Glegg, British Engineer, 1969. Tell us below. For me I just want to be designing new parts as often as possible and keep it fresh with new challenges and ideas and for that motor racing is perfect for my desires. Able to sign with another team, maybe get a signing bonus and even negotiate extra vacation days. I assume you mean crazy vs. angry, although I'm a little of both. You are allowed one submission, and you must be active in the comments to answer any questions. Martin Brooke, Associate Professor, Duke University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: Outsourcing of engineering work overseas and the need for continuous education have radically changed what engineers in the USA do. Stuff like "teamwork", "carry the ball", "let's huddle" ... blah, blah, blah. One personal story: During the cold war I had a summer job as a security guard. Myself and most of my coworker's really enjoy being engineers. I have encountered a few engineers that were unhappy with their particular job, but I don't think anybody was unhappy with engineering in general. I've tried both big and small engineering companies, and general feeling towards engineering have not changed. [–]phatdoge 0 points1 point2 points 5 years ago (1 child). (Image via Tennesse State University). There's a bunch of stuff I designed out in the world now used by thousands of people. The global economy, increased efficiency (meaning less people doing more), matrix organizations, blah, blah, blah ... you get the point. I mean, that's what we were there to learn, how to do the job? Need for continuous education. But I think it's worth it to pursue work that you're happy with ... even for less pay. Stuff like "teamwork", "carry the ball", "let's huddle" ... blah, blah, blah. You too have to find your core reasons for being in the career that you are and how and why you should enjoy it. Never be out of a job Dearth of Quality Counseling. [–]Awnyxx -1 points0 points1 point 5 years ago (0 children). Politics in every job is shit and it exists in most places that pay a reasonable amount. A civil engineer created the slippery part of the water slide? In engineering, what matters more than love of math is being a person that wants to understand how things work, likes to take things apart, and likes to put things together to make the world a better place. It's less about how to do the job, and more about giving you the hard skills you'll need for your career. If you don't have the right mindset, all the small stuff will annoying the fuck out of you. Maybe it's civilian life that bored you. The project management team managed to waste the budget so there's $180k left in the budget for fabrication. What made me fall in love with computers and being an engineer was the ability to be both artistic and scientific at the same time. Adjusting can be a challenge, but it gives the engineer a chance to learn about an area they might never have known about and to develop new mentors. Limit the use of engineering jokes. I thought it would be a little more like engineering school. While it is usually easy to leave an engineering major to go into something else, it's almost impossible to move from a non-engineering major and transfer to an engineering one. An electrical engineer crosses a road when a frog calls out to him, “If you kiss me, I’ll turn into a beautiful princess.”. I had a grand vision that didn't pan out. Thomas Edison did poorly in his math classes in school, but went on to patent over 1000 inventions. Lead-in comments are encouraged to provide context to the readers. Hope this helps What you should do is find the small things that you cherish and let those things be your reward. Engineering is always changing and one has to keep fresh skills. It was a good way to shoot for the same work but with a broad scope. [–]davidsmith53 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (1 child). There is greed everywhere. Wasn't prepared for that. Author Scott Adams once said, “Engineers like to solve problems. Now, there should be a general interest to improve your work environment by improving processes, acquiring new information, and doing small projects that improve and ease your work experience. The life of a field engineer is not an easy one. I believe that a drawback of being an aerospace engineer is that the locations where you can find a job in the space industry is limited. Learning how to do the job is incredibly job specific, and is done by the company hiring you. So in answer to your question, I don’t think there is anything bad about being an engineer, but there are bad things about being in a job sometimes! For example in Europe are just a few hubs with a lot of activity, mostly near offices of ESA. This is probably true in other professions, but the bad part of being an engineer is recognizing solutions to problems that would require the complete chain of management to agree to. But I can’t strongly assert enough that potential engineers entering college really study their potential industry, the trade offs of being an engineer (good pay and benefits, fascinating work and problems, bad job security in some fields, and definitely bad environments for your health overall). The only reward it seems, is good pay. Software development is an art and a science, and you literally build machineries without getting your hands dirty. Being a software engineer means you have a specific set of skills that are required to fully engage in that profession. 1. It almost never happens. r/engineering is a forum for engineering professionals to share information, knowledge, experience related to the principles & practices of all types of engineering: civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, chemical, computer, environmental, etc. (Image via electricalengineerjobs.org)Â. [–][deleted] 0 points1 point2 points 5 years ago (0 children). Architectural and engineering managers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree and considerable work experience as an architect or engineer. In addition, it’s common for employers to offer a benefits package that includes health insurance, paid time off, and retirement plans. Well said sir. It is possible for a biomedical engineer to be exposed to disease, electric shock, radiation, burns and toxic fumes as part of the job. And sometimes you encounter problems that are really tough to solve. Oddly, my career shifted to manufacturing engineering. I think you need a work life balance that's right for you. Increased liability (and thus pressure): Civil engineers usually design and build structures. The work requires satisfying not only client, but project engineer (very tight budget / schedule), site/installation team (why is it designed like this), other engineers in the team (Everyone has different 'best' design). You may have a perception of how bad your current job is but fantasize about doing something else. The funny thing is, when it came down to what I hated about my jobs in the past.. it was never the actual work I was doing or should I say, the work I signed up to do.. it was always everything else. Racism, sexism, or any other form of bigotry will not be tolerated. Job transitions Phil Cheng, Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin: Transition means having to adapt to new people, learning new skills and possibly a change in work location. One thing I do want to point out is the grass is greener idea. She does admit that several of her colleagues in engineering school felt they were treated differently because they were women, though. [–]fucky_fucky 0 points1 point2 points 5 years ago (0 children). There is no job satisfaction rewards - Yeah, I get to see what I design, being built and being installed, been there done that and what? Assistant electrical engineer at work. All workplace topics and questions asking for career advice must go into the Weekly Career Discussion Thread. 8. The soft skills are picked up in various places. . So to find my work life balance, I earn less and I "live small". That being said, it’s important to listen to your peers and get along — they often have something very useful to say and want to work with you. Leapfrog to today. Maybe the job is amazing but the nature of the industry is chaotic and layoffs are common. 5. You can be ridiculously good at something, but not enjoy doing it :), [–]mooman413 -1 points0 points1 point 5 years ago (0 children), [–]Fayettenamese -2 points-1 points0 points 5 years ago (0 children). Nah, Like I said, I've worked at 3 different places as a contractor (I rejected their staff offer - it's stupid to be staff really, when contractor rates are much higher), and kept getting them renewed through gfc and tough times because all the work kept falling on my table instead of their staff. You'll just wait forever. © 2020 reddit inc. All rights reserved. Have you thought of commissioning into the armed service? Many civil engineering jobs are a great mix of office and field work. 6. The pressure to "invent on schedule", must have been savage. By definition those skills are “the full stack.” Engineering in the classroom is very different from engineering at work. It is like being a writer, but with a … [–]mvw2The Wizard of Winging It 17 points18 points19 points 5 years ago (2 children). If you're happy with a cellphone strapped to your head 24/7 on-call (like I was), fine. My second option was mechanical engineering. Pay for engineering techs varies greatly by industry and occupation. No misleading or sensationalized titles. I know there's a massive image of money in the O&G sector. That is a worthy endeavor in and of itself! (self.engineering). No posts about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Always fascinating. There's also a HUGE difference from your design in the office to what is really out in the field. They may focus on machines incorporated in buildings, such as escalators, or on equipment used in … Well I've been lucky enough to experience two sides to engineering, one as a design for an OEM car supplier and another as a design/data engineer in motor racing. Machines require a skilled mechanic … I've never found gratification of the actual thing I made. Maybe you just want to experience new things. Hence, there's a lot of pressure as liability can become high on errors. I asked to put on projects that would grant me high in demand experience and I asked to be located site offshore / overseas to improve my salary and CV. I love engineering (electrical, electronic) and I love the technical challenges. Worst things-Pay isn't as great as some other types of engineering, but that comes with the fact that our industry as a whole is more stable.-it can get stressful if you want to achieve your goals quickly. Typical EE job, testing the circuit board for faults. NEVER expect others to provide job satisfaction. Pick an engineer from the list of volunteers below and send him or her a PM indicating that you would like to conduct an interview: and join one of thousands of communities. Let others run around like chickens with their heads cut off screaming the sky is falling for every tiny hickup. Architects are friends with other … That's the necessity for modern day products though and the reason why what we buy is quality and not rubbish because these procedures are critical to the integrity of the product, however it can really become extremely tedious if your role encompasses that entire process. Maybe I'm just not suited for corp kind of work environment. Bad news: Engineers are human and the engineering world has all the competition, brilliant asshole, control freak, egotistical legal department . I also really disliked being shoe-horned into a very specific field. Find what makes you want to come back day after day and what makes your work feel more like play. Be your amazing, professional self, and let that stuff pass you by. If you can do that, you'll be happy no matter what's going on around you. Essentially, we became a necessary evil. Common jobs include helping engineers resolve problems or complete projects or working in quality control for production companies. If it's late, costs too much, doesn't meet customer expectations or anything else that could go wrong ... we're left holding the bag. [–]pridelicious[S] 0 points1 point2 points 5 years ago (0 children). . Every career path presents challenges. All my time was spent in a few large corporations. Interestingly, MDA is the only place I know right now that has unionized engineers. At the end of the day, it sounds like you just need to weigh your options and evaluate the monetary gain versus other career choices and even lifestyle choices. Gradually, over a period of years, the actual engineering was pushed to the back seat by finance (and all that comes with it). I've been an electrical engineer for 33 years and just left the profession 2 months ago. David Brady, Professor, Imaging and Spectroscopy, Duke University: I have always had to work to keep learning new things. One personal story: During the cold war I had a summer job as a security guard. Get an ad-free experience with special benefits, and directly support Reddit. Simply defined, a connected car has internet access and can share data with devices inside and outside the vehicle. Maybe the job is great, the people are great, but the work is incredibly repetitive and boring. Not all women feel gender is a challenge: Julie Kramer , Orion Chief Engineer at NASA, says she was very lucky because when she came on-board at NASA 27 years ago, she was taken under the wing of  “the old Apollo guys” that treated her really well and no different just because she was a woman. I've always been passionate artsy / creative type and I just happened to be better at logic and mathematics, so it kinda fights each other. But really the best you can do for yourself is just let go of the insanity that is business. So that's exactly what I did, engineer > supervisor > manager (supervisor/manager roles were still in engineering). use the following search parameters to narrow your results: If you see any post or comment that violates these rules, please report it so the moderators can respond in a timely manner. I have been at about 7 companies in various industries. It seems that almost everyone at work hates being engineer. Con: Hazardous Work Environments [–]Mordoc0881 0 points1 point2 points 5 years ago (0 children). These structures usually have high strategic, commercial and political value. It's still kind of a crap shoot. No questions on "how something works" — try r/AskEngineers. While it could be fun for some, many engineers don’t really enjoy it! The pay isn't anywhere near as good however. They are occasionally required to work irregular hours and long days that can result in stress. [–]Ospif1 2 points3 points4 points 5 years ago (0 children). Questions about current engineering projects you are working on, how to interpret codes and standards, and industry practices are all encouraged. He would have to ask an engineer to do that." Well... unless you're talking about getting creative to reduce cost I guess... [–]mvw2The Wizard of Winging It 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (0 children). [–]auxym 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (0 children). What Is a Bad Thing About Being a Mechanic?. I do believe that there will always be an aspect of engineering which will caters to a particular persons interest, you just have to know where to look! The detail work was still there and is still used, but it wasn't the only thing. REDDIT and the ALIEN Logo are registered trademarks of reddit inc. π Rendered by PID 17924 on r2-app-0680ee50d9cf24828 at 2020-12-14 14:30:29.548285+00:00 running 85e58d4 country code: FR. He claimed at least once a week, he held the door while some guy in a white shirt and narrow tie, was wheeled out on a gurney. No low-effort one-liner comments, memes, or off-topic replies. I really, REALLY didn't want to be a machine just crunching numbers. Well, big companies are very fond of using sports analogies to make a point and rally the troops, right? Look into this bruh. DO NOT DO IT. Engineering technicians work in a variety of roles. You should also know that engineering majors have the reputation for being very demanding, sometimes taking five years to complete. I was able to apply what I learned and see a project through from concept to production. No self-promotion or blogspam. U.S. Navy plan calls for 82 new ships, at $147B, by 2026. I know it happens, even our big corporate HR did it. Of course there's effort and risk involved when changing companies. Learn about educational requirements and how to get into a college engineering program. I know of a way it's possible and have done that work. If you tough out the classwork and get your degree, then you'll get a good job with a big company and be set for life. Now I just go to work to play every day. I guess you need to figure out what kind of job would make you happy. Love my job. . I wanted to make a small point on this. My dad was an inventor and designer, but without suitable education - he worked as a jeweller. 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