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?
When it comes to eye-opening pranks, hacks, and stunts, no one can equal a team of determined engineering students. If you're looking for inspiration – speaking strictly hypothetically, of course – or want to sit back and marvel at what your fellow engineers can accomplish, here seven of the most widely admired engineering pranks of the last seventy years.
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.
You don't necessarily have to hold a Bachelor of Science in engineering to be employed by an engineering company and take part in many of the career benefits engineers enjoy. Here are 13 jobs in engineering that don't require a degree.
Sooner or later, your career may turn on a single piece of paper: the infamous cover letter. How can yours avoid being filed under Recycling without a second glance? Approached purely as a piece of persuasive writing, drafting the perfect cover letter can drive good people mad with stress and self-doubt.
We prefer to treat the cover letter as a simple engineering problem.
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.
Science fiction provides inspiration and escape, but it's also a project buffer for future engineers. Quirky and inspirational ideas, beyond reach of the writer's contemporaries, can remain in circulation as fiction while the rest of the world catches up. In Future, Please, EngineerJobs looks at beloved and bizarre fictional gadgets and our attempts to realize them. First up: power armor and jet packs.
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.
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?
Why does LinkedIn Matter? LinkedIn is the largest network of professionals on the web. What makes it great for business and career networking is the ability to leverage the people you already know to exponentially expand your network of potential career and business contacts.
When I was eight years old, there was only one thing I wanted more than for someone to invent the lightsaber. I wanted one to fall off the back of a truck and land in my front yard. Fortunately, neither occurred; lightsabers are dangerous, poorly designed, and unstable. Here are three of the many reasons they should be preemptively outlawed.
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?
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.
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.
Engineers, of course, are the day-to-day problem-solvers developing the technologies that make this world a more sustainable and healthier place to live. But categorizing "green" engineering jobs is difficult because so many different disciplines have applications in the "green economy."