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Engineering Mechanical Engineering Career Path

  1. Mar 13, 2010 #1

    I am a Mechanical engineering student and I would really appreciate help with finishing a report I have to write. I have to interview mechanical engineers and ask them about their careers but I don't know that many (almost none) engineers in real life. The purpose of this report is to compare my idea of what my career path will be like to the actual career paths of engineers. I will then have to identify differences and issues that may arise in my "ideal" career path.
    I was hoping I would be able to find some engineers that could answer some questions for me. Hopefully it doesn't take too much of your time. You do not have to include your name or the name of any companies you've worked for. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    The questions are as follows:
    1) How long have you been working
    2) Job changes in that time
    3) promotions attained and key factors contributing to them
    4) type and nature of work duties/responsibilities over time
    5) significant factors they see as important in determining success

    Thank you for your time.
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  3. Apr 17, 2010 #2
    I just graduated college last year with a degree in mechanical engineering. I do not feel that I have the experience helping you with your report. However, I would like to make a suggestion.
    I had to write a report similar to what you are writing. Getting answers online from a forum is not the correct way to write this report. How are you sure that those who answer your questions are a creditable source? I would suggest you contact an engineer who is local to where you are located. You will be surprised at how many people you can schedule a visit to interview.

    1) Get online and Google engineering firms in your area.
    2) Make a few phone calls. Ask for the chief engineer or engineering manager. Chances are he/she will have had many years of experience and can answer any questions you have.
    3) Ask if you could shadow for a few hours. In a few hours you can tour the engineering offices, speak with other engineers, or even get to tour a project site or manufacturing plant.

    Your report will have more substance and credibility if you can get some face-to-face time with an experienced engineer. This will also give you a chance to network. You never know what opportunities you can have in the future.
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