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Need some programming career advice

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

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

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

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

Should I leave my company?

Should I just put in my two weeks or try to get a counter-offer from my current company? (or something else I haven't thought of?) [more inside]
posted by graphitix on Dec 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Now that my prediction has come to pass, what's next?

A couple years ago the division of the company I worked in was sold. It was my dream job (though nominally the mechanical engineering manager I was system architect). The group was excellent, about 25 people designing and building measurement equipment. Things went wrong, so what do I do about it? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Sep 2, 2011 - 2 answers

Music + Technology

What career paths fit my interests? Music + Technology [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on May 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Where can I go with Mechatronic Engineering (geographically and career-wise)?

I'm looking for advice and stories of experiences from other engineers, particularly if you've lived and worked overseas. [more inside]
posted by jord on Jan 3, 2011 - 6 answers

To infinity and... where, exactly?

I'm an innovative thinker who got stuck in an engineering box. I'm about to get kicked out of the box. Can you help me find a new box? [more inside]
posted by w00bliette on Aug 2, 2010 - 8 answers

I really wish I had more time to decide!!

Having some issues deciding whether I should take this job. I need to make a decision fast - help me decide what to do (long, sorry)! [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Jul 22, 2010 - 12 answers

Graduate studies - now or later?

About to have a second bachelors, in embedded systems design. Graduate studies now, or later? [more inside]
posted by Horizontally a Champion on May 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Should I quit my Master's program in Architecture at one of the best schools in the country?

Should I quit my Master's program in Architecture? [more inside]
posted by peetle on Apr 20, 2010 - 16 answers

Electrical and Mechanical Engineering questions

I'm trying to choose between bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. Other than jobs where you are actually "engineering" things, what jobs would each one be able to get? Also, I hear that engineering disciplines overlap in some ways. What are the similarities and differences between electrical and mechanical? Thank you.
posted by atm on Jan 4, 2009 - 14 answers

What type of jobs could I apply to with my education?

Whats sorts of jobs and career paths are available for MSc in industrial engineering graduates? [more inside]
posted by shap on Oct 16, 2008 - 3 answers

Which path to go for product design/usability/human factors?

I'm a jack-of-all-trades type of guy interested in getting into product design/usability/human factors. I'm somewhat convinced getting a degree in industrial engineering is a good start. Any other paths to consider before I commit to that? [more inside]
posted by NeoLeo on Oct 2, 2008 - 12 answers

Personally, I'd rather be a rock star...

What can I do with a degree in Physics? What doors and pathways will it open for me? How long will I need to study before I am able to call my self a Physicist and make a meaningful contribution in my field? [more inside]
posted by shoebox on May 17, 2008 - 29 answers

How does an ME change to non-ME?

What else can a Mechanical Engineer do? [more inside]
posted by senador on Jan 29, 2008 - 20 answers

I don't want to be evil.

I'm a junior in college currently pursuing a chemical engineering degree...but what can I do that won't have me working for evil companies or make me part of Big Pharma or the military-industrial complex? [more inside]
posted by liesbyomission on Dec 28, 2007 - 21 answers

Design/engineering - where to begin?

CareerFilter: Help me break out of the cocoon of mediocrity. I've been underachieving for the past five years. I need to find a career path that I find worth-while and satisfying. New media design? Engineer? [more inside]
posted by nemoorange on Sep 4, 2007 - 5 answers

Los Angeles: How do I find an internship in mechanical engineering?

How do I find a paid internship or part-time job in mechanical engineering that will work around my school schedule (in Los Angeles)? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Aug 15, 2007 - 4 answers

Foreign Service Aspirations

Security Clearance/Foreign Service-filter: I'm thinking of a career in the Foreign Service when I get out of college (T-minus 4 years), which I am just now entering. While metafilter has had questions about this before, but my situation is am bit different (so I'm hoping the Foreign Service mefites from those threads can chime in). The most important distinction is that I'm looking to be a Security Engineering Officer, or in some other sort of engineering related role (which falls under "Management" I believe) not a diplomat. Much more after the jump... [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Aug 8, 2006 - 12 answers

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