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Engineering How to supplement my Physics/EE degrees for Work From Home?

  1. Nov 27, 2017 #1
    I'm a mother of young children with a bachelor's in Physics and a master's in Electrical Engineering. I can't work full-time and commute right now, so I want to take some courses to position myself to get into an industry that would allow me to work from home most of the week. Other than programming, what fields have that sort of flexibility? VLSI?

    Thanks in advance!

    -Malka
     
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  3. Nov 27, 2017 #2

    jedishrfu

    Staff: Mentor

    How about companies that sell software that supports hardware? such as circuit or chip design?

    My nephew has done that for quite some time as a customer support for a chip modeling software which I can't remember the name of.

    Some that come to mind are:
    Cadence Spectre, Synopsis Hspice...

    https://www.cadence.com/content/cadence-www/global/en_US/home/tools/custom-ic-analog-rf-design.html

    https://www.cadence.com/content/cad...uit-simulation/spectre-circuit-simulator.html

    https://www.synopsys.com/verification/ams-verification/circuit-simulation/hspice.html
     
  4. Nov 27, 2017 #3
    Interesting... thanks!
     
  5. Dec 2, 2017 #4
    I am a self-employed consulting engineer - specializing in heat pump systems and control - and I do most of my projects 'remotely'.

    I have degrees in physics and engineering, but it was more important that we developed a pilot system, did extensive research as a side project, and shared the results. Before I had worked in information security for a long time, also working mainly remotely, and at the beginning I joked about 'doing heat pump projects in the same way as IT projects'. But that joke has become my default way of working.

    That said, our heat pump projects also involve programming (of controllers, of simulations...) - I believe that's true to some extent for every engineering job. But software is not the main solution I deliver, just a required tool to get the design and planning done. I believe more and more tasks will be based on 'programming' - e.g. today we send design documents and plans to clients, and in the future they will perhaps print out their heat exchangers based on a 3D printing design specified in a 'programming language'.
     
  6. Dec 3, 2017 #5
    Interesting. Thanks!
     
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