Where can I find engineering work off the beaten path?
August 18, 2012 2:02 PM Subscribe
Asking for a friend: just out of college and looking for a job. I've gotten as far as I can through Googling and my personal network, but browsing through endless generic online job sites hasn't brought results. I can move anywhere, commit to any length of time, and don't much care about the pay. How do I narrow it down?
posted by Pwoink to work & money (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering from a prestigious university and some technical ability in carpentry, mechanics, electronics, and HVAC. I'm physically fit, deal well with external stressors, and am good at methodical, detail-oriented problem solving. I'm not great at quick, creative, big-picture thinking, and not very comfortable with my casual people skills.
I've already considered the military (but my convictions don't line up), international service (I want to at least break even financially), professional engineering (often not hands-on), and being a technician/tradesman (often not intellectually oriented enough) -- but I don't even know where to find more of these jobs to consider.
Ideally, I want to be a part of a goal-oriented group doing something unambiguously good, where I can work with my hands or improve my technical skills. Now's the time for excitement and adventure -- being challenged physically, emotionally, and intellectually. Financially speaking, I have no debt and no bills, so I just want to come out somewhat ahead of where I am now. Fulfilling so much of one of those criteria that it trumps the others would be fine, too. So, what should I look for, and where should I search?