Ask ten people "is an MBA worth it?" and you are likely to get ten different opinions. We talked with Jay Rogers, Vice President of Recruiting for Randstad Engineering, Matt DiGeronimo, Managing Director of Smith Floyd Mergers & Acquisitions and former Navy Nuclear Submarine Officer, and Dennis Chandler, who holds an MBA from Purdue in addition to his MS in Mechanical Engineering to discuss the value of an MBA on an engineering career.
Your choice of major determines your course load, peer group, and influences your academic and professional future. The right call can immerse you in subjects you're passionate about and guide you to a career you love... but the wrong choice can doom you to increased stress, burnout, and failure. How can you tell if you've made the wrong decision ... and what can you do about it?
This universe, or the next, could kill us at any moment.
While popular fiction is glutted with robot uprisings, zombie plagues, and apocalyptic warfare, none of our fictive inventions match fundamental physics for terrifying beauty and finality. To remedy any troublesome optimism or hope you may experience this fall, Engineer Jobs is pleased to present three cosmic disasters which could strike at any moment.
It's easy to forget that asking good questions is every bit as important as having the right answers. In a job interview, asking focused, intelligent questions of your interviewer demonstrates initiative, thoroughness, and careful analysis of your options – qualities every engineer should have. To get you started, we'll consider nine solid questions to ask in an interview.
If your follow-up messages are ignored, your references are never contacted, and there's no way to move forward with a position, it's time to give up. For any number of reasons, that job simply wasn't yours.
So, what next?
As an engineer, you may work in the most interesting and dangerous situations in the modern world. Fires, explosions, and high-voltage electricity are tools of the trade. Implementing and refining safety procedures reduced workplace fatalities by more than 90% over the last century, but they do still occur.
What happens when accidents happen? What should you expect when you catch fire?
The theoretical underpinnings are nearly a century old, and the first solid-state lasers date to the 1950s. Sixty years later, why can't I buy a laser pistol at Walmart?
We spoke with Tim Ivory, a marine engineer who specializes in restoring and preserving vintage boats. He began his career on the retired FDNY fireboat John J Harvey, earning a reputation for ingenuity and passion. This led to regular commercial work in the Harbor and North River, where he developed a following among owners, companies, and preservationists. Now, Tim works as an independent engineer.
Engineers Without Borders USA alleviates poverty and fosters community development through engineering solutions. While the majority of international aid organizations focus their efforts in large population centers as a function of scale and efficiency, Engineers Without Borders USA delivers high-impact, collaborative projects within smaller communities.
These are familiar faces. You recognize them. You know their names. Or their works. But did you know these 9 celebrities were also engineers?
Returning service personnel bring proven skills and valuable training to the engineering workplace, though misapprehensions regarding military work experience and service disabilities can complicate their private sector careers.
Industries, economies and people all change over time. While layoffs and commercial collapse may be the first scenarios to mind, there are as many reasons to start over as there are engineers.
How do you start over as the new hire when you're the most senior engineer on the team?
Moving from the trenches to the corner office requires the development of leadership and management skills. These "soft skills" can be intimidating for the more technical-minded among us. On the surface, there's little consensus as to what leadership is, let alone a systematic understanding of the development and application of leadership in the engineering workplace. How do people make the transition?
Looking for a change of venue? Is your current location limiting your career potential? If you are an engineer of any stripe, you might want to consider (re)starting your career in Houston, Texas.
Layoffs can leave engineers with unattractive gaps in their employment history. How does a long unemployment span affect your chances of landing the next job and what can you do to better the odds?