Jobs in the industry.

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Gallowbraid, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. redneckdan

    redneckdan Hold my beer & watch this

    Oct 11, 2008
    Somewhere on da Iron Range.
    I use a fair bit of my schooling. Instrumentation comes in handy for the vibration monitoring side of my job. PLCs was a good elective, I know enough to tell when things are really screwed up. I actually use a fair bit of basic vector math when doing 2 plane static couple balancing of over hung fans, same with Vibs. Various machine design classes are useful day to day. Other electives such as facilities planning and project management have been an asset at various times. Most of my core text books sit on my shelf at work and are fairly well covered in greasy taconite dust finger prints.

    I would say my most useless classes were in the humanities department, with the exception being German 1&2. I understand the purpose a liberal arts education but I honestly believe for myself personally I would have been better off with crash course in mine engineering than taking world cultures and institutions, a lot of that material was rehashed 10th grade US history, 11th grade world history & 12th grade civics.

    The elective I would most recommend is USAF ROTC Basic Leadership. One year it was opened up to non cadets, I learned more in they class then 3 humanities classes that covered the same material. Both of those class manuals sit on my shelf and get used at least once a month.
  2. Zerk


    Jan 23, 2010
    Straight jacket memories, and sedative highs
    The electrical engineers I talk to agree, they don't use much of what you leaned in school. I am sure there are areas of EE where you do.
  3. bradluke0

    bradluke0 Been here awhile

    Dec 24, 2012
    Tampa , Fl
    Hi all ! I am in the HVAC business and can say with 100% certainty that the field needs better mechanical engineers . Also , it is almost always a bad idea to turn a hobby into a job . Good luck .
  4. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

    May 13, 2009
    Dearborn, MI
    I spent 35 years working for Ford at their engineering center before I retired. The company likes to hear that a candidate's avocation is in an automotive or mechanical area. It helps a lot to be able to demonstrate some practical knowledge of materials and processes. Summer interning in the industry while in school is a great way to work towards being hired after you graduate. You can make useful contacts and become familiar with the way things are done, and come to the job interview with a company background.

    Those engineers who aspire to rise to management positions generally use the company's continuing education program to work toward a degree in Business Administration.
  5. atomicalex

    atomicalex silly aluminum boxes

    May 21, 2012
    Detroit mostly
    Also consider Kettering in MI.

    Any job in industry is going to be tough to get because we only want the best of the best. I'm a scientist with half of an engineering degree, daughter of an ME who worked his way up in railroad from an internship as a welder to the head of braking systems for GE.

    You have to demonstrate practical knowledge AND have the papers to prove you can solve the paper problems. A school with a co-op program is worth a fortune if you want to go into industry because you graduate with work experience.
  6. oldschoolsk8ter

    oldschoolsk8ter Adventurer

    Jul 9, 2007
  7. Joe3

    Joe3 Been here awhile

    Aug 25, 2010
    Motor City
    I have an MS in Mechanical Engineering and work for a big three auto company. I also help with recruiting. We look for a few key things:

    -Passion for automobiles. We are looking for people who just want a job, this should be something they are passionate about. This is best demonstrated by being a member of a Formula SAE team or similar student project for several years, not just for a mandatory 4th year design project. It is not unusual for students to tell me about converting their personal car into an HEV or restoring a classic car during the interview.

    -Leadership experience with either a Formula SAE team or other student organization.

    -Internships. A good candidate will have some sort of engineering internship experience during their college years.

    -GPA. My company has a lower limit below which we typically won't hire. This is not typically an issue as most people we interview are very high achievers.

    The auto industry has it's pro/cons like anywhere else but few other industries have as exciting of products as we do and it has provided me with some great opportunities.