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Old 06-03-2004, 11:51 PM   #1
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What is up. Im a 3rd Year AET student at Minnesota State University Mankato, and just want to get to know and chat with others in realated field. see what there is to look after graduation or just chat about classes at other universitys and stuff.
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Finishing up your 3rd year? Those are some powerful beasts you got in your sig. Which one do you like better?
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We have a lot of automotive type Engineers in this club.
Some of us have been out of school for some time now but years of experience in real world situations are worthy of attention.
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I'm an Off Road Equipment engineer. Just graduated. I've had a lot of the same classes as automotives.
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Former Dodge Ram Quality Engineer.
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:lol: That speaks for the quality of Dodge'*........now he drives the best. :wink:
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ill be starting my 3rd year once fall comes around and school starts back up. As for which car i like better, that is a tough one, cause i love the LTD cause of the big block 400 but hate it cause the thing just stinks of the 70'* (eveything inside and out is green) and i love the bonnie cause of the styling and the nice lines its got but so far its been hard to find parts for a the smaller 307. i got a question for the graduated enginners, you have any advice or a soon be to be graduate? like what jobs i should be doing now, if i should be aplying for intern ships and where, anything would be cool thanks yall
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The university I attended had a Co-op program. During the summer work terms, we had opportunities to get engineering related experience. It was very beneficial for many reasons. It gave us a good preview of what real life engineering was all about. It exposed us to different areas of engineering and most importantly, it proved to be a real asset when it came to finding a job after graduation.
Employers will favour someone who already has some experience and good references from previous employers.
Good marks in school aren't the most important things that companies look at.

My advice to you if you really want to make $$, is to start your own business. You won't make as much for the first few years, as someone who works for a company but you will more than make up for it if you are successful.

Even if the business you start isn't totally related to your field of engineering.....the most important thing that engineering teaches you is how to learn and work hard. You will excel at whatever you endeavor.
Good fortune.
If only I knew 25 years ago what I know now.
Oh ya....stay single as long as possible and always wear a condom.
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Thanks, ill start lookin to see if my school has somthing like that also. So what does all of your guy'* jobs entail? Are you mostly behind a desk or you acculay got your hands on somthing?
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If you don't like getting your hands dirty, work for a consultant in a big city or get involved with research.
If you want the satisfaction of designing from scratch, working with mechanics and operators, and have big shoulders and never say die attitude, work for a manufacturing plant or industry.........like I do.
We turn wood chips into specialty paper. Lots of equipment and processes. Lots of opportunity for continuous improvement....and change.
I would have loved to get a job in the auto industry but no such luck. :(

Remember not to ignore your Economics and accounting courses because you will have to learn how to justify all of your projects after you estimate how much it will cost to do. ROI = Return on Investment.
You will have to convince shareholders to lend you the money to make them $$.
That'* one of the reasons that you would make more $$ working for yourself. All the $$ you save/make goes into your pocket instead of shareholders. You will be the major shareholder.

Oh and one more hint. Work for an employer with a Non union labour force. It will make your work much more satisfying. Labour relations with a fair company is usually better.
Regardless of whether or not the labour force is union or non union, you will always be a salaried non union person who will not be entitled to overtime pay, so it will help if you avoid the "Management vs Union" mentallity.
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