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Jobs where you build and test stuff.

  1. Dec 27, 2011 #1
    What kind of job in the science or engineering field would have you build stuff and do experiments. I talked to a guy that worked as an engineer, and he said they had to do a lot of paper work to do anything and he said it wasn't fun. And another guy I talked too said at nuclear power plants they had to do crazy amounts of paperwork to do things like change a valve out. So what kind of job could I get where I build stuff and do experiments with not a lot of paperwork. And also could I get these jobs with a math degree and a minor in physics.
     
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  3. Dec 27, 2011 #2
    I don't know if it's exactly what you were looking for, but programming requires a lot of "building and testing" in that you have to create a program that does more or less what it's supposed to, and then test the crap out of it and repair it until it's good enough for release.
     
  4. Dec 27, 2011 #3
    I haven't had any experience with programming yet, but I'm going to take an intro class soon, I was thinking more along the lines of building physical stuff.
     
  5. Dec 28, 2011 #4
    Building "physical stuff" is usually expensive and possibly dangerous, that is why companies need a paperwork chain in order to ensure that, the cost is worth any possible returns and that all risks have been assessed and the consequences reduced to as low as reasonably possible. Yes it's a pain and yes some jobsworths give HS and E a bad name BUT when you are standing next to pipework at 3500 PSI it's comforting to think that it has been designed to a proper code.
     
  6. Dec 28, 2011 #5

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    Well, as an EE working in a medium-size company's R&D lab, I design, build and test lots of stuff. Sure there is documentation work, but that's part of doing quality design work and quality design validation work.
     
  7. Dec 28, 2011 #6
    ok thanks for the posts, Its sounds like you like your job Berkeman.
     
  8. Dec 28, 2011 #7

    berkeman

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    Yeah, it's challenging and rewarding. Sometimes it's pretty intense and high pressure, but other times the work pace is more normal.

    I think our MEs also enjoy their work here. They do a lot of 3-D modelling and design work, and use 3-D printers to prototype their ideas. I've seen some amazing synergy between some of our EEs, MEs and PCB layout people in designing some very high-volume products. Pretty cool things you can do when the mechanical and electrical stuff all works together well.
     
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