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Where the Engineering Jobs Are: April 2015

Where are your skills are in the most demand? A quarterly examination of the distribution, outlook, and availability of the top five engineering jobs in the United States.

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How to: Get an Engineering Job with a Low GPA

One of the most popular questions we see from soon-to-be-graduating engineers and students looking to land a fruitful engineering internship is "How do I get a job with a 2.5 GPA in ________ engineering?" or "Is it possible to get an internship with a low GPA?"

With that in mind, we gathered a few expert opinions from engineers and recruiters on how best to overcome a low engineering GPA.

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Engineering the Work/Life Balance

Engineering isn't easy. Often, our careers demand long hours and intense concentration, leaving little time or energy for life outside the current project. How can we reign in the pressures of home and career, in order to achieve a healthy balance?

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Engineering in New Zealand with Opus International Consultants

New Zealand is arguably the most beautiful land in the world — and absolutely the most challenging canvas for a talented engineer. With volcanoes, earthquakes, and punishing terrain, every project needs everything you've got.

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6 Memorable Engineering Interview Questions

Congratulations, you got an interview! But the sense of accomplishment is short-lived. The next thoughts that come to mind are visions of sweaty palms, dusty suits, and uncomfortably long silent pauses. Before long your brain jumps to anticipating those vague "what-are-they-trying-to-learn-anyway" interview questions. Fortunately, interviewing is a skill, and like any other, it can be learned and improved.

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Why You Want a Security Clearance Job

Workers with security clearances earn up to 25% more and dominate the ranks of the top ten percent of wage earners. But what does it mean to be cleared, and how do you qualify? EngineerJobs spoke with Joe Bilheimer, VP of Systems Integration at Pershing Technologies, and Nicole A. Smith, of Tully Rinckey PLLC, about the nuts and bolts of the investigative process.

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Future, Please: Cybernetic Society

Many beloved fictional settings feature societies free from the corruption, meaningless toil, and irrational wastage plaguing modern human societies. These planned societies don't promise a perfect world – there are no interesting stories in perfect worlds – but offer the possibility of a rational one.

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Building Space Robots & A Future for Women in STEM

Natalie Panek is a Missions Systems Engineer and advocate for the advancement of women in STEM fields. She holds degrees in aerospace and mechanical engineering and develops foundational technologies for space development and exploration.

Recently, she was kind enough to spare time for a few questions on space, engineering, and mentoring women in STEM careers.

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What Makes Seattle a Great City for Engineers?

Have you been thinking about relocating to expand your career prospects? Ready to try a new city on for size after graduation? Whether you're in aerospace, software, or green tech... love to sail or just love espresso... Seattle has something for you.

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24 Engineering Twitter Streams You Should Follow

One of the most interesting places to get real-time commentary and news about anything is on Twitter. Engineering is no exception. But are you following the right streams?

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Rediscovering Concrete

After a gap in engineering research and development during the Dark Ages, the West moved slowly towards an investigation of concrete's potential.

Held back by poor access to pozzolanic materials, stone and mortar remained the civil and architectural engineering material of choice in the majority of European centers. In some regions, work progressed towards eventual rediscovery of hydraulic cement and sophisticated admixtures.

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Future, Please: Hoverboards!

Everyone wants a hoverboard, and anyone who says they don't is lying.

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Engineering Dream Jobs: An Unscientific Study

We recently polled a group of engineers and engineer hopefuls on their dream jobs in engineering. Though our methods were by no means scientific (if you're looking for statistical significance you should definitely not click this), our findings did reveal creative passion, inspiring confidence in the future of engineering, and overall were not as disturbing as we thought they would be.

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Best Engineering Movies on Netflix

So you didn't plan to be spending the weekend inside. Or maybe you did, but television is even more terrible than you had initially anticipated. No worries! Netflix to the rescue! For cabin-feverish engineers and engineering students out there, here's a quick run-down of the best engineering movies on Netflix.

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When to Give Up (and What to Do Next)

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?