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Old 04-06-2011, 07:45 AM   #171 (permalink)
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Old 04-06-2011, 11:56 AM   #172 (permalink)
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Generally, how is job security as an engineer?
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:58 PM   #173 (permalink)
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I do not know of an unemployed engineer...
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:05 PM   #174 (permalink)
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I do not know of an unemployed engineer...
Same here (well, except for an EE I know who quit his job to pursue his dream of becoming a brewmaster). Nearly everyone I went to school with had a job lined up well before they graduated.
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:10 PM   #175 (permalink)
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Same here (well, except for an EE I know who quit his job to pursue his dream of becoming a brewmaster). Nearly everyone I went to school with had a job lined up well before they graduated.
He's not unemployed. Unemployed, as it is defined, is a person without a job that has been seeking a job, at least partially, within the previous four weeks.
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:24 AM   #176 (permalink)
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:12 PM   #177 (permalink)
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Just like to up this post with a question to you engineers. I'm interested in the Energy Systems option of electrical engineering. I guess they also call it Power Engineering. Here's what it covers:

Systems and components related to generation, transmission, distribution, storage, processing and consumption of electrical energy on large and small scales. Control, protection and reliable operation of the electric grid, hybrid & electric transportation; electrical power systems of vehicles, aircraft and ships; electromechanical actuators, industrial and manufacturing processes requiring electric energy, house appliances, and more.

Is this a solid career? Either looking into maintenance of some big stuff or working on the power grid.
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:17 PM   #178 (permalink)
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I would say so. Infrastructure will always need to be maintained or increased upon, so that could be a core source of employment. Then you have all sorts of development in new power technologies that will need to be researched or improved upon.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:51 PM   #179 (permalink)
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Not just maintained and increased upon, but with the growing trends toward energy efficiency, there will be a growing demand for technologies that generate and transfer energy more efficiently. Probably a pretty good field to be looking at right now.
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:51 PM   #180 (permalink)
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Excellent field to be in right now. Right now, one of the biggest issues with hybrid vehicles is the fact they are soon going to be PHEVs. The current power grid isn't setup for it and some of the issues PHEVs present so a lot of research is going into that specifically. Also, if you are contemplating graduate school, it is much easier to get funded if your interests and background is in a hot research topic.
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