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This past weekend, Chris Gammell posted about changing demographics in engineering and was kind enough to have a survey on it. I’ve had a chance to preview some of the results and some of the comments from readers that responded. One of the themes that I saw in the results was definitely a case of older engineers essentially saying “Hey you kids, get off my lawn!”. And while I am somewhat sympathetic to that sentiment because it sucks being passed up for someone else, let alone someone (potentially) half your age, it’s pretty lame for older engineers to complain about younger engineers. There are some pretty acute reasons why it sucks to be a young, new engineer. I’ve commented on this in the past, but I’m going to expand it here. On the job training – Back in the day, when companies wanted good engineers, they took competent, dependable people, and trained…

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The theme this week at Engineer Blogs has been networking and if you haven’t had a bunch of engineers give you advice on communication and socializing than you just haven’t lived. I thought I’d chime in with my own, as usual cynical opinion. My first job (beyond paper delivery) was a part time position while I was a full time student. I was looking for a nice easy office job and hoping to avoid having to go into retail or the fast food industry. My sister had worked a data entry position several years before and she offered to email her old boss (who had liked her very much) and see if she was looking for anyone. Turns out she wasn’t, but she knew someone in another department who was. And so became my first job. Every time they hired someone there they asked us if we knew anyone first…

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Last week I had my first ever technical interview in my field. I was told ahead of time to bring “all my textbooks” and a paper and pencil. For better or for worse, the interview was to be on the phone. Since most of my core engineering class books are boxed up in the storage room behind the garage I lovingly refer to as spidersville I grabbed my Fundamentals of Engineering Exam reference book instead feeling this would have many of the basic equations. I tried to prepare beforehand by looking stuff up but found there’s not a lot of information online for mechanical engineers and technical interviews. So I figured the least I could do was keep notes about what I was asked and post it here later to give somebody else the heads up. Though I suppose this is the point where some pre-internet engineer whines about how…

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