I'm currently thinking about doing a PhD making new carbon-based materials. I find the topic really interesting, but I’m not really sure what one does with the degree after they graduate unless they stay in academia. What kinds of options exist for a PhD graduate with this kind of background? [more inside]
Seeking learned suggestions/contributions for slightly messed up anti-climate-trolling mother/daughter project. [more inside]
Basically I'm looking for whoever the engineer or engineering company would be that creates some kind of specific tool for a one off specific job. Like the Space Needle is built and finished and then, out of nowhere, you need to change a nut and bolt out that was never supposed to be changed. And to do it you need a 40 foot, weirdly angled wrench. Who would build that? And is there a name for the kind of field or specialty this is?
I am envisioning software that is like 2D+time animation-layout software, for placing audio sources onto a flat plane / stage, and editing them over time to slowly move around on that stage, instead of wrestling with the less-intuitive Left-Surround Right-Surround Center-Channel fader levels in ProTools HD/TDM. Does anyone on MetaFilter know of such a software tool? [more inside]
I am looking for a resource that lists probability distributions and their common real-world applications. For example, I'd expect to see: Lognormal - daily returns in the stock market. Poisson - failure rates for mechanical equipment, ... [more inside]
Awesome software engineering managers, what has made you successful? I am working with a Dev manager and my gut tells me our process is broken and teams are not working to their potential. The current manager is spouting the benefits of Kanban and has removed any of the normal Agile stuff ( storypoints, retros, sprints ). Last quarter they completely missed on the Roadmap and the team seems disengaged. Leadership is scared to lose talent and is coddling our engineering team. Help me instill a lightweight process and culture than gets results and keeps people happy. What is working for you?
We're building a small house on a small budget. We want to dig a small cellar (maybe 6'x6') into the ground below the crawl space entrance and support its walls with a wood framework. Is this feasible? Or will the house cave in if we do this? You are not our architect, you are not our structural engineer. [more inside]
Recently got offered a new job in the area of electronic engineering (I think anyway!).... [more inside]
I come from both a design and engineering background, although never got to do design+engineering for a living. But I have lots if ideas for inventions that I think are viable. However, I have no interest in going on "Dragon's Den" or similar. I don't want to manufacture these devices or run a manufacturing company. I'm not a businessman, I'm an ideas man. I can express my ideas in a way an engineer would understand due to my background. How do I sell my inventions to companies?
I'm looking for media (books mostly) related to technical histories of engineering projects. [more inside]
Finally able to describe what I do in a way; now I need to sell it. What person do I hire in order to create a message that makes sense to people who hire people with weird yet valuable talent? [more inside]
What's the job market like for software engineers in NYC? [more inside]
I am a recent college graduate who's been interested in combining interests in science and engineering with business. I would love to get into something entrepreneurial, but am not sure how. [more inside]
I recently quit my full-time job and I'm figuring things out. I have some ideas on what to do next, and I'm looking for some feedback and, as always, additional ideas and perspective. [more inside]
I recently graduated and I've been working as a Jr. Engineer for a few months now. I realize now that this is not a career/field I want to be in and have been strongly thinking about going back to school to get a Computer Science degree. The problem is that I have 35k in loans from my previous degree and I need to make a decision soon. Am I being reckless for wanting to do a career change so soon? [more inside]
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]
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?
Tell me about ancient engiineering projects that failed. [more inside]
Need some special snowflake programming career advice. [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
How does one find a telecommuting job as a technical support engineer/similar in engineering and/or computer science? [more inside]
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]
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]
Just graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering and having hard time getting a job. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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.
I'd like to find a textbook about internal combustion engines. Can you recommend one? [more inside]
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]
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?
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!
Mid-twenties looking for career suggestions and ideas. More inside about what I value/enjoy in work, etc. [more inside]
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]
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]
What's wrong with running my 4WD with the front wheels always engaged? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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!
What did your Lego-loving builder move on to when he'd outgrown Lego? [more inside]
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]
Help a business-illiterate engineer formulate an approach for evaluating an exciting business/career opportunity. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]