Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

I hate my engineering job

  1. Oct 11, 2011 #1
    I hate my engineering job!!

    I graduated from university last year at the top of my year, I used to enjoy engineering at university as i found it challenging and I enjoy doing maths. I am now working in industry as a design analyst and I absolutely hate it!! I find it so boring, all I do all day is sit in front of a screen messing about with mesh on fea programs and running the analysis! I now think to myself, why did i ever study engineering in the first place!!?

    Is all engineering jobs like this?
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 11, 2011 #2


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Re: I hate my engineering job!!

    Sounds like you've got a loser there. I was an electrical engineer for the first 20 years or so of my career and I absolutely LOVED it. I got to design computers and rocket electronics and some really neat stuff, back in the 60's and 70's.
  4. Oct 11, 2011 #3


    User Avatar
    Homework Helper

    Re: I hate my engineering job!!

    The key is understanding what it is you like to do and to pursue that with vigor. Everybody is different. My first job was lab work debugging ink jet printer head designs. I hated it and transferred after two years to, guess what, doing FEA analsyis! I loved it.
  5. Oct 11, 2011 #4


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper

    Re: I hate my engineering job!!

    You have fallen into a common "beginner's trap" here.

    Making models and running them is NOT the important part of your job, though it may be taking up most of your time.

    The important part is deciding whether the output from the models makes any sense, and then using it to make some engineering decisions. As Hamming said, "the purpose of computing is insight, not numbers". (And today one might change it to "insight, not pretty graphical output")
  6. Oct 12, 2011 #5
    Re: I hate my engineering job!!

    At least you got a job. For us, international students, looking for a degree-related job is such a daunting task in Australia :|
    If you like doing maths and enjoy challenges in engineering , studying PhD or working as a researcher may help :D
    Hope you find it enjoyable soon!
  7. Oct 12, 2011 #6
    Re: I hate my engineering job!!

    Yeah its hard enough for us non-international guys :(
  8. Oct 12, 2011 #7
    Re: I hate my engineering job!!

    I thought Australia was crying out for engineers?! With excellent pay as well! Heck I was even considering trying to get a job out there for a while!
  9. Oct 12, 2011 #8
    Re: I hate my engineering job!!

    Listen to AlephZero
  10. Oct 12, 2011 #9
    Re: I hate my engineering job!!

    I read a study over 20 years ago about engineers needing to be promoted to more difficult tasks within 5 years. As you learn more about what your company does, You think of ways
    to improve it. When you know there is a better way to do something, but have no voice in the process, job dissatisfaction goes way up. It is hard to do sometimes, but you need to make yourself a resource within your company, not a commodity. The person they come to to solve the tough problems.
  11. Oct 14, 2011 #10
    Re: I hate my engineering job!!

    You shouldn't have gotten a job as an entry level (or whatever) analyst. Obviously analysts analyze data...I'm in my first year as a project engineer (mechanical) at a large facility and I love it. I get to get out into the field, I get to make decisions that affect production, and I get to apply the fundamental engineering priciples I learned in school to real life projects.

    If you wanted math, then you should have gone into research.
    If you wanted engineering, then you should have gone into projects.
    You chose analysis...It's not a huge deal though, many people leave their first jobs after realizing that it is not what they wanted to do.
  12. Oct 14, 2011 #11
    Re: I hate my engineering job!!

    I didn't purposely apply for a job as an analyst. I applied for the company as a graduate, they then rang me up and said based on my mathas aptitude test scores and my previous uni work i must be very analytical. i said I was and they said you will go into analysis then, but from what i can gather you don't really need to be analytical for the job?!
  13. Oct 14, 2011 #12


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Re: I hate my engineering job!!

    No one starts out as chief engineer for a company that makes popcorn machines. Do your time as a peon. Be the best at it. Get involved where possible in the higher levels of design. Try to stand out.

    When you're ready, move on.

    This is the way of the world.
  14. Oct 14, 2011 #13
    Re: I hate my engineering job!!

    Right, but I mean, you didn't have to take the job, right?

    Like everyone says though, you don't have the necessary experience for them to be giving you the huge projects. Start small, work hard, and your next promotion/job will be your choice.
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook