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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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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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Burns: What to Expect When You're on Fire

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?

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5 Green Jobs in Engineering

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."

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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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3 Reasons You'd Kill Yourself with a Lightsaber

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.

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4 Ways Graphene Changes Everything

Graphene reveals new, revolutionary properties on a monthly basis. Over the last decade, this wonder material went from a curious carbon allotrope to the single-most-expensive material in the world. As production costs for exfoliated graphene crashed to levels comparable with tilapia fillets, so did interest in its practical application.

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9 Questions to Ask on an Interview

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.

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Becoming the Indispensable Engineer

Being the heart of your team — the truly indispensable engineer — is a less of a stable state than an ongoing commitment to professional development, integrity, and excellence.

Indispensable engineers build on mastery of their field's core competencies, steadily increasing their stock of knowledge while expanding into customer-facing and commercial skill sets.

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Software Engineering PE Exam: A must for Software Engineers?

Unlike other engineering disciplines, software engineering has long been a mixed bag of self-taught, apprenticed, and college-educated professionals. This hodgepodge of engineering backgrounds, however, is something that the NCEES plans to change and standardize with the administration of the new Software Engineering PE exam.

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Engineering a Better World: Engineers Without Borders USA

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.

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7 Hilariously Ingenious Engineering Pranks

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.

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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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When Senior Engineers Start Over

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?

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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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