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Engineering Engineering Interview(Preferrably Mechanical engineers)

  1. Nov 8, 2009 #1
    -What kind of engineer are you and what does this entail?
    -Why did you decide to go into this kind of engineering?
    -How long have you been an engineer?
    -Do you enjoy your job?
    -What do you think could be better about it?
    -How many hours per week do you work for?
    -How do you balance your social life and work?
    -How do you balance the social implications of your job with the technical requirements?
    -How has the engineering scene changed over the years and why do you think these changes occured?
    -How do you see social, ethical and environmental roles changing?
    -Gender roles?
    -What personal traits do you think the ideal engineer should have and why do you think these traits would make him/her ideal?
    -Are these traits gender specific, If yes please explain
    -What are the prominent engineering societies and what do they generally promote?
    -Where do you see the engineering field in the next 20-40 years
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  3. Nov 8, 2009 #2
    I was a mechanical design engineer (now a program manager). I used to be responsible for all design/analysis/prototype-testing of various designs including, but not limited to, machine design, enclosure design, motion control design.
    It sounds cliche, but I always loved cars and anything mechanical. My father jokes that, as a child, I used to spend more time watching the cars go up the rollercoaster (and figuring how they did) than getting in line to ride it.
    I graduated in 2001 and have been working since then.
    Yes, the technical challenges coupled with the creative outlet have really allowed me to maintain my enthusiasm for my work.
    Again, a typical response, but the pay could be better. That, and the title of Engineer being respected more. It seems as though anyone who designs can be an engineer in a lot of companies. I would rather see the profession monitored more like a CPA, lawyer, or doctor where you have to test to have the title behind your name.
    50 hours or so per week.
    Home/first comes first. You have to make it a priority and let your employer know that from the get-go. Most appreciate your honesty and are willing to cooperate, assuming you are a valued asset when you are working.
    Not quite sure I understand this question - are you inquiring about how I handle designing/doing something I don't believe to be ethically correct?
    I don't believe I have a big enough sample size to answer this question
    I see more 'green' engineering occurring in the future which kind of reaches into all three realms.
    The cream will always rise to the top and, with a lot of the old guard who may be prone to sexism nearing retirement age, I think you'll see gender roles relegated to a non-issue in the next 5-15 years.
    A natural curiosity regarding your surroundings is ALWAYS a good trait for any engineer. To be inquisitive and not accept the status quo. You need to have a strong basis in the basics of engineering, but be willing to explore subject tangents here and there to learn more and build your entire body of work value up.
    ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    SAE - Society of Automotive Engineers

    They build standards and best practices - as well as providing a means of networking in your specialty
    As much as I hate to say it, I see it being outsourced more and more over the next few decades. I hope I'm wrong on that...
  4. Nov 8, 2009 #3
    Thanks for your answers but could you expantiate more on the following:
    -How do you balance the social implications of your job with the technical requirements? Your job affects the safety of the public. The most feasible way might not be the safest way to do something.
    -Why do you see engineering becoming more outsourced?
    -What is your name?

    Thank you so much!!!
  5. Nov 9, 2009 #4
    As long as your designs meet the state/federal/international/society requirements that your work is regulated by, you're usually OK.
    Simple economics - we're seeing this with manufacturing and IT already. It's very hard to have a product completely manufactured within the US and still maintain a competitive price structure in your marketplace. Likewise, a lot of IT work/support is being outsourced as well. Couple that with the fact that the cost of employing an engineer is going up. Once a company cuts costs in manufacturing and IT, where will it turn next. I can assure you that it will not turn to executive salaries. Engineering is the next logical step...
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