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Career Change to Engineering?

I have a bachelor's degree in a non engineering field but I want to get into engineering and have work experience in a engineering related field, any suggestions on how to best do this? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by KernalM on Aug 22, 2014 - 5 answers

Teenage Engineering OP-1 Alternatives?

I've fallen in love with a friend's OP-1. It's limited enough not to feel overwhelming, but versatile enough that it feels possible to create quality work; doing a little bit of everything synth/sequence/sample/drum machine/recorder. It feels like it hits just the right sweet spot between tool and toy. Unfortunately at $850 it's a purchase that I really can't justify. Is there a software (osx or ipad) or hardware solution that offers a similar all in one, versatile, fun to use electronic music production environment?
posted by I Foody on Aug 20, 2014 - 3 answers

comp.risks for the ancient world

Tell me about ancient engiineering projects that failed. [more inside]
posted by rdr on Aug 8, 2014 - 13 answers

Need some programming career advice

Need some special snowflake programming career advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Correct Qualification/Title for a postgraduate diploma (Australia)

If someone completes a Postgraduate Diploma (in Engineering) and they do not have an undergraduate degree in Engineering (but rather in something else, i.e. architecture), does the postgraduate dip. qualification enable this person to be called/ titled an engineer? [more inside]
posted by Under the Sea on Jul 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Looking for heavyweight grid paper.

Paper Nerds Assemble! I'm looking for heavyweight paper (~100lbs / 150gsm or thicker), either bound or looseleaf, with a smooth finish... that has light grid lines (square or isometric) or a dot grid. [more inside]
posted by D.Billy on Jul 12, 2014 - 3 answers

Major investment bank for energy A&D activities.

I've been with my company (a major Oil and Gas E&P company) for seven years now, and I've moved domestically three times with them. My major is in Petroleum Engineering with an emphasis on Reservoir Engineering and I'm currently getting my MBA. I am considering getting into investment banking for energy A&D (acquisition and divestiture) advisory activities. What is the career path (I was told I would start at associate level II) and what doors could this open for me? Say I do this for 2-3 years ... what makes sense from a career standpoint next?? I got into my industry to move oversees eventually. Is this an option with an A&D advisory position? Similarly, does this open doors to live places where oil is not, such as NYC or London or Chicago? Any general advice on a position like this? Has anyone made a move like this and are you happy or do you regret this move?
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2014 - 1 answer

Remote job search guidance

How does one find a telecommuting job as a technical support engineer/similar in engineering and/or computer science? [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Jul 7, 2014 - 4 answers

How can I mate a shaft to a surface?

Is there a specific type of part that attaches a pole/shaft to a flat surface so said pole meets said surface at a right angle? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Jul 1, 2014 - 8 answers

Summer Fun and Structural Integrity

So I'm the proud owner of a new above-ground swimming pool. I set it up in the corner of my building's rooftop and filled it with water. Everything's perfect, but there's one nagging thought: should I be worried about the floor not holding up? [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Jun 27, 2014 - 28 answers

How to find a starting job?

Just graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering and having hard time getting a job. [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 on Jun 12, 2014 - 6 answers

How Do I Find a Job? Computer Engineering/Low GPA Edition

I have a BS in Computer Engineering, albeit with a low GPA and no internships or experience. How do I get a job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 30, 2014 - 17 answers

Help me to debunk climate engineering/chemtrails.

I keep running into very influential people who can cite craploads upon craploads of sources for their beliefs in a world conspiracy involving chemtrails and/or climate engineering. Is there any truth to their beliefs? If so, how much is truth and how much is bullshit or truthiness? [more inside]
posted by quiet earth on May 9, 2014 - 18 answers

How to enter business world with an Industrial Engineering Degree?

Graduated (almost) with an Industrial Engineering degree but realized it's not the industry I want to work in. What are my available options and how should I pursue them as far as entering business world goes? [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 on May 3, 2014 - 8 answers

Engineering a cool garden gate

I'd like to make a new garden gate. I'm aware the term garden gate has many possible interpretations, so to clarify: by this I mean a gate from the border of my yard to the communal snicket that runs along the back of all the terraced houses in my street. What I'd like to do is go for a bit of a medieval look. This means big dome headed black nails on the exterior side of the door, a grille in the middle for checking who is about before opening the door and, this is where I need help: a safe style thrown bolt on the inside. It's this last bit I'm having trouble with. I don't know how to Google for inspiration because I don't know the correct term. I'm thinking of a handle that when moved either up or down or left to right operates perhaps two or three other bolts which all slide into place by the action of that one initial movement. Any ideas? Just a bit of fun. I think my son would enjoy it.
posted by dance on Apr 21, 2014 - 9 answers

Textbooks on internal combustion engines

I'd like to find a textbook about internal combustion engines. Can you recommend one? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Feb 26, 2014 - 7 answers

MBA, MSEOM, or other?

I'm considering further education, and I'm looking at either an MBA or MS in Operations and Engineering Management. I've already got the MSME and significant aerospace product engineering experience, and MSOEM would help give me a leg up to Engineering Manager or Chief Engineer. But an MBA would be a more business-focused curriculum, which could help me leverage my experience and knowledge into perhaps a wider field. So, which one gets your vote, and why? How much of a factor is the choice of school? What other questions do I need to ask? (Assume that tuition is not a factor.) [more inside]
posted by disconnect on Feb 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Looking at an old GE ad. What kind of a job do I think that'll get me?

Last night the Interwebs found a GE ad from the 1970s showing a girl and her cat thinking of space. This was part of a series of posters that our high-school algebra teacher put up in our classroom. The one I remember best is "So-and-so loves to look at the clouds. What kind of a job do you think that'll get him?" Any idea where I can see the whole set?
posted by lukemeister on Jan 30, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me learn how to collaborate with programmers!

Hi everyone, I will soon be working on a project that involves the development of a web platform and will be hiring part-time engineers. I would like to know enough about programming and web development to be able to collaborate with them and understand the language, and have realistic expectations of when things get built. So I am not looking to learn how to program (I wish I had time for that), but rather have a basic understanding of how the system works and fits together (front-end, back-end, etc.) Anyone know of any good online resources- online courses, websites, etc. for this type of knowledge? I've checked out Code Academy and Khan Academy, but both seem heavily focused on helping you learn how to write code vs. understanding the system abstractly and holistically. But I may have missed something. Thanks in advance for your help!
posted by tessalations999 on Dec 21, 2013 - 19 answers

Technical career ideas?

Mid-twenties looking for career suggestions and ideas. More inside about what I value/enjoy in work, etc. [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Dec 17, 2013 - 9 answers

I'm a grown-up, but I still don't know what I want to be...

Having spent the last year+ underemployed, I need a new direction. I've got a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, a dormant PE license, and a dead-end resume. I'm currently "working" for profits from an unprofitable mechanic shop doing brakes, radiators, and whatnot. It seems like all the engineering job listings require deep, specific experience--so I'm not qualified-- or are entry-level and I'm overqualified. [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Dec 15, 2013 - 16 answers

What are good resources for intermediate metalworking?

MetalFilter: I can measure, chop, & weld. What's next? I took a class in metalworking (metal furniture fabrication) and came out of it with some cool projects: a frame for hanging an art print, a metal storage crate, a sculpture that spins. I'd like to take the class again (mostly for open access to the metal shop). But before I do, I'd like to go in with more direction, a bigger vocabulary, and plans for what I want to build. I have no previous mechanical / shop experience, so it's all still pretty new to me. But here's what I'd like to know more about: [more inside]
posted by inkytea on Dec 1, 2013 - 3 answers

four wheels good, two wheels bad?

What's wrong with running my 4WD with the front wheels always engaged? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Nov 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Hey engineers - I need a mechanical elbow!

I'm working with some science-types on a project, and we're looking for a joint that gives a similar range of motion to a human elbow or shoulder. Is there a name for this, and is our current path to finding some a good one? [more inside]
posted by ASoze on Nov 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Please explain the difference....

What is the difference between a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology vs. a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering? In job description, duties, salary, etc? [more inside]
posted by PrettyKnitty on Oct 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Collegefilter: Well-Rounded Schools

My scientifically-inclined little brother is looking for a college where he can be an engineer if he wants to be, but won't be forced to. [more inside]
posted by Spiced Out Calvin Coolidge on Oct 11, 2013 - 47 answers

Graduating Mechanical Engineer career advice needed!

My son graduates with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in May and is asking for advice on the most efficient method of finding a full-time engineering job. He wants to work for an employer where good product design is valued, and where new engineers are supported while they learn the ropes. He thinks grad school in Industrial Design is in his future, but he'd like to gain work experience and emerge from the cocoon of full-time college. He's not picky about location and would relocate nearly anywhere for the right opportunity. I've heard that engineering is one of those lucky-ticket grads, but the trick is finding a job you'll actually like! He's got a solidly good GPA and good recommendations - but he's in a small ME program at a highly rated school specializing in a different engineering specialty, and most of the employers are seeking graduates of this other engineering discipline. [more inside]
posted by citygirl on Oct 8, 2013 - 12 answers

Can I make it as a freelance mechanical engineering consultant?

I have a BS in mechanical engineering and a couple years experience performing FEA simulations for a company in the US military/aerospace industry. I recently found out that there are consulting firms out there charging a lot of money for the same type of services I perform. If possible, I'd like to get my PE license and begin offering my services on a freelance basis. If I can do that successfully, I'd like to form my own consulting firm. My main concern is that I won't be able to find clients. How can I find my way into this market? I've heard that a lot of CAD work is being outsourced and I'm not sure if the demand for these services is really there. I've searched for mechanical engineering listings on freelance sites but I've mostly found low paying odd jobs. My ideal customers would be legitimate companies that need reliable FEA services but are small enough to not have their own mechanical engineer. How can I find these customers? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
posted by PeterKlayton on Oct 3, 2013 - 4 answers

What do tween builders build?

What did your Lego-loving builder move on to when he'd outgrown Lego? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Aug 30, 2013 - 32 answers

Chicken Coop Mechanical Engineering

I will be building a custom chicken coop in the next few months and (being a tech person) would like to get very fancy with the features I install. I have a few features I need help sourcing the parts on and would like input. Help me make a fantastic chicken coop. (I primarily need suggestions for the electrical parts I can use, Motors, remote controls, etc) [more inside]
posted by Twain Device on Aug 22, 2013 - 23 answers

Dream opportunity for a machine design engineer?

Help a business-illiterate engineer formulate an approach for evaluating an exciting business/career opportunity. [more inside]
posted by myriad gantry on Aug 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Scientists on science, engineers on engineering

I am looking for books where master scientists or engineers describe their philosophy of the field they are working in or/and treat semi-technical topics in a playful, essayistic manner. Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by jarekr on Aug 1, 2013 - 12 answers

How can I become one of those people who can build/fix anything?

My grandfather was one of those people who could build anything he needed and fix everything else. My dad can do much of the same but I don't know if it was as instinctual to him or he just learned it all from his father. How can I become one of these people? [more inside]
posted by Beti on Jul 19, 2013 - 34 answers

Voltage drop, amperage increase?

We had an electrical incident where I work a couple of nights ago, and I'm trying to wrap my brain around it. Our house engineers have maintained systems at 150 amps on legs with 200 amp fuses. The power company reported a power dip, shortly after which we blew two of the 200 amp fuses. What happened? We had a drop in available voltage, so our amperage demand shot up? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Jul 17, 2013 - 9 answers

Received promotion with disappointing pay raise. Should I ask for more?

Just received a long-awaited promotion. However, the accompanying pay raise was a massive disappointment, and now I'm strongly considering looking for a new job. Is it worth it to ask for more money? If not, should I stay at my current company or find a new job? [more inside]
posted by apostate street preacher on Jul 15, 2013 - 17 answers

Why is my kitchen sink so not-square?

Kitchen sinks are inefficiently designed in a round shape-- Is it particularly difficult, hence expensive, to engineer a square sink? [more inside]
posted by cake vandal on Jul 7, 2013 - 21 answers

How difficult is it for a US citizen to work in the UK/Europe?

What are the options for a skilled US citizen (advanced background in structural engineering) to get a work visa in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, or Switzerland? [more inside]
posted by pianohands on Jun 6, 2013 - 5 answers

How does one become Tony Stark? (the Engineer, not the Iron Man)

If you were starting with no applicable background, no engineering degree, nothing except for a lot of free time and a moderate amount of money to spend, how would you become Tony Stark? No limits on time, whether it's 6 months or 60 years, how would you go from Joe the VCR clock programmer to Tony the Engineer? [more inside]
posted by walka on May 26, 2013 - 21 answers

How do I go from one kind of nerd to another?

What steps should I take to switch to the aerospace industry from the academic world? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on May 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Where can I buy architectural engineering models?

Are there any online stores that sell teaching aids for demonstrating principles of architectural engineering? I am wanting to buy model columns, arches, domes, trusses, cantilevers, and so forth, to use in architectural history classes that I am teaching. The goal is to demonstrate the physical forces that act on buildings, so I don't need models of finished buildings and bridges, but rather models that show how the structures work--preferably in an interactive way. Any leads would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams on May 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Swing set loading.

Actual question: what is the formula for the deflection of an intermediately loaded simply supported beam from multiple point loads? Reason for the question so you can question my assumptions (and know that I'm not doing homework): I am building a swing-set, from pretty much standard swing set parts, but want to deviate from the standard dimensions a bit - in particular, I want to make the top beam in a single bay setup 1.75' longer than the usual 10'. I am doing this so I can hang a longer bench swing that would hold a couple of people, so this is more length supporting more load, and I want to calculate some things. More inside! [more inside]
posted by flaterik on May 16, 2013 - 18 answers

Prize suggestions for college engineers

Several teams of engineering students are giving presentations. The class will vote for the winning teams. What kind of prizes can I give? [more inside]
posted by dublin on May 6, 2013 - 20 answers

ATTN SOUND ENGINEERS: Is Audio Technology School a Good Idea for Me?

I want to be a sound/audio engineer. I found a 9-month program in Audio Technology that's $24,000. Is this a good use of my time and money? [more inside]
posted by laswingkid on Apr 29, 2013 - 23 answers

Name the part!

So I started a little maker-project,but I am new to all this and don't know the correct vocabulary to get what I need. What I need is a screw-nut with a little threaded hole in it's side so I can secure it with a little screw on the threaded rod I screw the srew-nut onto. It looks like this. Bonus points if you can tell me the german word for it. My second question is for a nice Forum where I can ask those beginners questions about mechanical problems. Maybe a nice Maker forum where all kinds of stuff like this and Arduino, 3D printing etc. question can be asked. Thanks!
posted by SweetLiesOfBokonon on Apr 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Talk to me programmers!

Is it worth changing careers, getting a masters in CS? [more inside]
posted by nel on Apr 12, 2013 - 17 answers

Silent Science Videos To Entertain Teens?

Looking for videos to create a youtube playlist to entertain a group of science-minded teenagers for about 30 min that are largely visual. Sound is fine but the bulk shouldn't be someone talking to the class like an instructor - visualizations are best - ideally they should look really, really cool. Class is engineering focused, but chemistry, robotics, wobbly bridges, comp-sci, biology, are all welcome. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Mar 24, 2013 - 6 answers

What should a creative yet technical person study?

What kind of academic path (from the undergraduate level and beyond) prepares one for developing or working on interesting, innovative projects like Steve Mann's EyeTap (or Google Glass), or other cool interdisciplinary digital projects (e.g. medical cybernetics, space elevators, wearable computing, smart home devices)? [more inside]
posted by mayurasana on Feb 28, 2013 - 18 answers

Environmental engineering

You graduated from an environmental engineering program, bachelor's or master's degree in hand. What was your first degree-related job, and was it what you expected? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Feb 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Diodes, transistors, resistors, oh my!

What are the best resources and references for a novice interested in modern electrical engineering? [more inside]
posted by clearly on Jan 26, 2013 - 13 answers

Intro to Electrical Engineering Course Online?

I'm looking for a purely online course for an introductory electrical engineering course from a legitimate certified institution for the purposes of transferring to my current institution.
posted by gzimmer on Jan 22, 2013 - 2 answers

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