As somewhat of an administrator of this fine site, I like too look back and call out the good work that our writers are doing. We just finished up a theme week last week about the role of engineers when businesses are at different stages of their lifecycle. Some companies are dying. Some are growing. Some are just chugging along, doing what they do. In all of these cases, the engineering roles are never that different. We’re all still engineers, right? And I’m guessing if you enjoy reading this site, you like to see the commonalities among different types of engineers; there are many! But this past week, we saw the differences in roles and expectations, which I’d like to recap here:
- Seb started off the week writing about working at an established company and the conservative nature of engineering demands whiles still trying to find exciting work.
- GEARS delved into the grey area between research at a university and pushing that research out into the world.
- FrauTech wrote about the resources of the growing company she works for and how this affects her every day dealings.
- I wrote about my time as a sustaining engineer throughout the “Great Recession” and how this felt like the company was dying.
- Fluxor wrote about the growth aspect of his recent job transfer and how that affects the hiring expectations while in China.
- Carmen wrote about the benefits of capital equipment in established companiesand how this allows faster turnaround in his work.
- Sophi wrote about the very beginning of the life cycle of a company and how the lack of funding can affect project output.
Each of us enjoyed writing about the various aspects of companies we are or have worked in and how our roles have changed. Hopefully it gave you a good insight into a variety of company sizes and lifecycles. If you think there is anything we missed or have any comment on the overall theme of the business spectrum and how it affects engineers, please let us know in the comments.
And since this is sort of a “meta” post, keeping our readers up to date on the blog, I thought I would follow up on one of my other posts about engineering communication mediums. I recently announced my new podcast here on Engineer Blogs. We now have a dedicated site and a way to subscribe to future podcasts, if you’re so inclined. We also have a name for the show, The Engineering Commons. I likely won’t be talking about it anymore on this site (other than an occasional embedded link when it’s relevant), so I wanted to make sure any interested listeners had a chance to find the new site. We hope you like it!