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Any RF/Microwave Engineers here?

  1. Jul 7, 2008 #1
    I'm thinking about applying to an RF Engineering position at Northrop-Grumman, but I want to know the "day" of any RF engineers here.

    What do you do?

    How would you rate your average load of work (low,medium,high)?

    How do you feel about your job (happy, stressed out/negative, thinking about leaving)?

    Any other information would be great.
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  3. Jul 7, 2008 #2
    I'm working on to be a RF/microwave engineer. I've talked with many of them, and one thing they share in common is the addiction. There is something about RF that draws certain people to the field. Workload I suppose is like any other I suppose. Companies come up with absurd deadlines, but the designs get completed five months after anyways. Many are hams too.
  4. Jul 10, 2008 #3
    Thanks for the information waht.

    Any other inputs?
  5. Jul 11, 2008 #4
    I work with them daily. I do some RF work, but not too much.

    Believe it or not, you will not be doing RF all the time while employed at any defense company. There is so much extra BS that has to be done (paperwork, documents, addressing system problems, etc) that if you truly wanted a RF position, you'd have to be one that's really really good at it. Only a handful or small amount get to do RF.

    I work at a larger defense contractor in the RF group and not all do RF. Most of the RF guys are a little bit older. They seem to like their job? I can't tell. But, even if they hated it, they probably couldn't quit because of their families and trouble of relocating at their age.

    On the other hand, I know it's a very rewarding career because my manager is a RF guy and as been ever since he graduated. How many RF guys can you find versus digital designers?
  6. Aug 12, 2008 #5
    Nice thread. I plan on getting into RF/Microwave engineering as a depth in my EEE program.
  7. Mar 14, 2010 #6
    I was an RF Systems Engineer in the past and all I was doing was analyzing a spreadsheet all day. It was hell!
  8. Jul 27, 2010 #7
    I'm studying to be RF/Microwave engneering
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