[–]OffbeatCamel 1 point2 points3 points 6 years ago (1 child). DOTD cares if the project works, too, but DOTD cares much more that you follow their strict drafting guidelines of which there are an infinite amount. I am responsible for engineering a key component in the Hyperloop One propulsion system. Paint shop process engineer for major automative company: Get to work at 930 pm(yes, pm), intershift meeting and meeting with afternoon shift engineer as to the issues that happened that day and anything that I have to follow up on. Overly insulting or crass comments will be removed. [–]ObeeeeeCivil-Transportation 4 points5 points6 points 6 years ago (1 child). After a drop would get big enough it would roll down the windshield, picking up other drops as it went, going faster and faster. Reddit. The last 10 miles is on one lane dirt road cut into the side of a mountain. You also make crazy good money. Also since we are forward looking, I get roped into a lot of very interesting NDA (non-disclosure agreement) projects. What? Ah ok, I had it confused with something else. Start taking on side work as soon as you can. Drink some coffee. [–]hugoshtiglitz 2 points3 points4 points 6 years ago (3 children). Hopefully, my bird arrives to bring me home in a few hours; maybe I'm staying somewhere overnight. Excludes “Computer Hardware Engineers” (17-2061). Your other option is to, of course, have some brilliant idea and make it happen. I'm interning this summer at a biomedical company with one of their R&D teams. Work for a small company and you will enjoy the engineering field much more. Figure out plan for the day. Argue this. I had an extremely unwise home chemistry lab in high school, did a 5 year masters in materials science (as hands-on as possible) while keeping up on my fabrication skills by doing the Formula SAE team in college (best conceivable way to get terrible grades, but who cares in the end). Nope. Try to update the boss on the projects, get told to schedule another meeting with him and we can discuss it then. Just sitting there, looking at the rain and thinking about the science behind it just for shiggles, it gives me a goal to work for. Take the classes that will give you the best gpa." Other than making these documents for all of our products and following how often we pass/fail, I also follow up on what the countermeasures are for any test failures. When it fills, I look to the top notebooks which has the oldest information. My thoughts exactly. Even the pointless meetings. Rendered by PID 6987 on r2-app-085b9de29e89f066c at 2020-12-12 17:20:36.767123+00:00 running 85e58d4 country code: US. I'm not going to insult a lifestyle, but it just doesn't fit me. Plus there's a lot of schooling and ass kissing involved with becoming an operator. [–]BornityMechEng/SignageIndustry 0 points1 point2 points 6 years ago* (0 children), 8-930 Morning Engineering Meeting - Review current jobs, new jobs, hot jobs. I had way more fun in grad school than I did in undergrad. The video perfectly and hilariously depicts the busy life of an engineering student. Engineers don't generally push buttons, they usually design and implement them. The thing is, Reddit isn't some holy grail of wisdom. This sounds like a dream.... haha! I worked with them also. Reddit. Hear lecture about importance of "building a personal brand". So I figure the drop sitting still is sort of a flattened sphere. Toss in the cubicle lifestyle and I'm not sure I think this field is worth it. I respond to emergencies (downed power lines, etc) constantly to reroute power and minimize customer outages. That I'm fine with. Fail to find mystery complainer in warehouse racks. Anybody who has found a fun or interesting job in a rural place please respond. As this question gets asked constantly.... You might try looking at the pre-existing archives, [–]Lobo_MarinoEnvironmental & Water Resources Engineering[S] 8 points9 points10 points 6 years ago (2 children). It's as mediocre as food gets but it's the only restaurant close by unless you count the gas station. Welcome to business in America. Review client markups. It's great. Dinner. I started off at an engineering firm out of university, and followed the normal career path most people take. Do you have a firm of your own or did a company allow this? Going to have to add more reinforcement. [–]clare240Energy Engineer (but I want to teach maths) 5 points6 points7 points 6 years ago (0 children). Electrical engineers can earn as little as $60,000 or as much as $142,000. easy there bud... think someone gave him the wrong impression and he was looking for some info, In Canada the job title power engineer is a powet plant or steam generator operator. I'm civil EIT as well, working on the geotech side of things. On a regular day we plan routes through survey information, work on standardizing design, deal with contractors, run system safety studies, and much much more. What does the day-to-day of a BCIT Electrical Engineering student look like? I was constantly interrupted and forced to jump to other tasks. Walk to my office, change into nice shoes. 7:15 get to work. [–][deleted] 1 point2 points3 points 6 years ago (1 child). 7:45A: Ask the [other group] engineers if they've determined targets yet. Time on the phone: Most environmental engineers will spend quite a lot of their day on the phone and checking emails. I do geotech work quite a bit for my state's DOT. Good fortune to you, whatever your choice. You don't have to get trapped in a bad desk job spending your days complaining to reddit about how much you hate your job. My days are all tracked in 15 minute increments that, with a very small number of exceptions, must be charged to a job. Dream of that holiday I will have a month from now, from which I will return to a completely hopeless mess of demands. 6:00 AM - Meet with our European counterparts (probably ~ 3 times a week) There is always plenty to do. I'm an entry level energy engineer working for the Electrical Transmission System Operator in Ireland. I'm that lucky engineer that spends 50-90% of the day in meetings and on phone calls, the other 10-50% is spent writing specs. You are allowed one submission, and you must be active in the comments to answer any questions. I am now my own consulting firm and have been on my own entirely for going on two (2) years. If there's something you want to do, then fuck everybody else and just focus on what you need to do in order to accomplish your own personal goals. Also I'm glad to get the replies, it helps inform me before I'm stuck in the job hunt with little idea of what to expect. [–]BookerCatch 12 points13 points14 points 6 years ago (4 children), [–]raoulduke25Structural P.E. 8:00A: Sit down at first designer's desk, review any issues they came across. One of my teachers once said "99 percent of the time you are stealing your money, but the 1 percent where shit hits the fan is where you earn it." Walk into office and open email. Basically, being a Quality Engineer in our organization (privately owned, medium sized US company with Chinese manufacturing) means I spend most of my day getting information from the right people - test results from the lab, manufacturing data from China, product positioning from Marketing, design specs from Engineering, cost from Program Management, and material/appearance/UI stuff from Industrial Design. See which clients are hounding me the hardest. 12:30pm - Try to remember what you were doing two hours ago. Not sure if an EE has much business being there though. Wake up at 5-5:30am, run down the street to the gym for an hour, go back to my room and shower. [–]raoulduke25Structural P.E. Weekly and Monthly Tasks. This way you have 5 notebooks filled with semi-recent information so even if you have a senior moment, you can peruse what to do next. 2:00pm - Finally get to write some code/be productive at your own desk, 4:00pm - Someone in the team area got an RC helicopter. When it doesn't, you do work for 12 hour shifts until it's fixed. Hopefully I'll get a chance to work at one, see the difference and all that. Stare at a screen for a while and make a lot of horrible pen&pad sketches. I don't drink coffee. [–]DietCherrySodaSpacecraft Systems 4 points5 points6 points 6 years ago (0 children). More data. Not do glorified data entry work 90 percent of the time like I saw most engineers doing at my internship with Lockheed. The weight is a function of volume; if that was a sphere it would be a function of the cube of the diameter. Luckily my work is very flexible with lots of vacation days, so not only can I make my schedule however I really want it to be, I can take a day off here and there to recoup. There are rarely enough hours in the day to keep this workload manageable while also including continuous education and personal development. “Most EEs love to talk about technology,” mentioned one, “and that is a wonderful thing.” I spend the majority of my day designing the power and controls circuits for our machinery in AutoCAD. I've got your back. Those are interesting (if often long) days. Coffee up because that's what everyone does when they start working (free at work, guess I should be grateful for that). If need be, answer questions for them or help them fix problems. [–][deleted] 1 point2 points3 points 6 years ago (0 children). [–][deleted] 1 point2 points3 points 6 years ago* (8 children). 12:30P: Meet with your designers after they get back from lunch. Bingo. Go check in with the operators in the control room who are there 24/7 and currently running one of my systems. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. Other places i've been are staffed with 100+ or more 24hrs a day. These give me headaches. No biomedical :(. It's far from fancy, but it suits me. Before I was managing a geotech / materials testing department for the same company. I'm going to be blunt: you sound like an entitled high school student who thinks that your enthusiastic intentions will create a fast-paced, high paying future of interesting work because...you deserve it, somehow? Being a plant operator is often a relatively quiet job, but there are two problems: first, it is ridiculously difficult to get those few jobs. [–]iamthewafflerMaterials & Metallurgical 1 point2 points3 points 6 years ago (4 children). I review what the root cause analysis shows and make sure the countermeasures are correct, being put in place in a timely manner, and are effective in the end. Tell them you can't get them the air they need if they can't tell you what they need, just like you have been for the last 5 months. Operate computer-assisted engineering or design software or equipment to perform engineering tasks. [–]raoulduke25Structural P.E. So I just show up at 6:30. Prioritise the undone sections of the list. Our BMEs were hilarious to them. Start working on jobs. I have 3 more years left in school, so I'll take that time to apply your advice and make as many projects as I possibly can. No engineer I work with has much free time at work. Power engineering is generally being a steam plant, boiler, or pressure vessel operator. If we don't put a check next to it, how will they know that 60 feet of pipe was actually 8" Hdpe or even water line. 11-11:30 Lunch. A day in the life in your field? I'm starting to travel to more cool places (was in Memphis a couple weeks ago) and will eventually be going to China as we have a lot of contracts there right now. I'm giving it up to teach secondary school maths and science. Head home. Seemed like another good route. Congrats on almost making it through mse undergrad. - I always go for polish, 11:30 am - more coffee/ lunch? Receive alum spec on order for 88 5'x10'x1/2' aluminum sheets from outside Professional Engineer. also Engineering is incredibly broad with thousands of applications. Key battery with sufficient voltage not working. This includes YouTube channels, blogs, etc. I'm taking the PE in October, and I'm dying to get out from under my managers. I didn't do shit, just went to meetings and approved things and tried to make it sound like I was doing a lot of work. Most jurisdictions now require post secondary education (2-year diploma program is typical) and time spent working with steam (as in near boilers) in order to challenge exams. Unless your job depends on it, try not doing it till midday one day. It is the minute changes that make a product the best it can be. One day I’m bending and installing conduit, and the next day I’m troubleshooting a bridge that won’t come down for a train to pass. Back to work in the same manner as before. That's one I'm very curious about. The job requires you to be able to think on your feet, to have excellent troubleshooting skills, to know every nook and cranny of the plant you work at, every noise that every pump makes, etc. Average salary of electrical engineering. You should probably be a writer. So my typical day is at a computer for the entire day although I do try to get into the shop to see what the electricians are working on and if they have any questions about my drawings. My field is actually materials science, with an emphasis on crystal growth, metallurgy, semiconductor processing, and failure analysis. 4:15pm - Possibly code. Your goal should be to get an engineering mentor if at all possible who can help you through your formative years as an EIT. Afternoon, meetings, more meetings, respond to emails, do more of the stuff I did in the morning with any free time I had. Bootstrap it in your spare time. Here is a list of tasks that Computer Hardware Engineers do every day. 7:00 AM - snack time (oatmeal or fruit at my desk is crucial Remark on how quickly the day went and how much I have to do to-morrow. No questions related to university, school, major selection, GPA, coursework, etc. Clean my mess and put my dishes in the sink. Just be aware that it doesn't happen overnight, and if you have big dreams like that then get ready for decades of hard work to make it a reality. I've been doing X-ray diffraction, VSM, optical microscopy, etc. 1st Class Engineers typically transition into management type roles such as operations manager or plant manager (meaning lots of room for advancement) I don't know much about managerial duties as I'm not there yet. Racism, sexism, or any other form of bigotry will not be tolerated. 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