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  1. Dan Fraser

    Dan Fraser Guest

    I started as an electronic hobbyist but I've moved up the food chain and
    do it for a living now. I work at a decent size company, designing
    electronics for the professional entertainment industry. However,
    because I don't want to turn around and do more of it when I get home I
    find I have not touched my garage full of electronics for quite some

    Hence I have a lot of surplus electronics and components. Is there a
    trade school or maybe even a high school electronics instructor in the
    greater Los Angeles area who would like a truck load of parts and all
    manner of whole and partially whole electronics for the students to
    practice with.

    A lot of it is oriented towards audio or building disco type lighting
    controllers. I also have some supplies for making your own PCBs.

    Please call me or e-mail me at

    Dan Fraser

    From Costa Mesa in sunny California
    949-631-7535 Cell 714-420-7535

    Check out my electronic schematics site at:
    If you are into cars check out
  2. I wish I could say yes, but sadly the budget cutbacks and retirements
    have forced our college district to close the electronics program.
    After the next semester, it will be no more. :-(
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  3. The one I attended years ago died due to student attrition.

  4. I run into the same thing here in Kansas City, but my best outlet has been
    the IEEE club. They use what they want for whatever they want, and sell the
    rest at their sales to raise money for class trips. See if you can find a
    market there. Let us know what you find.

  5. Ken Finney

    Ken Finney Guest

    Your English is better than many Americans!

    How is the technical education system in Italy? In the US, for the most
    part, they
    have always tried to force all students into to take "book learning" rather
    classes that would allow them to persue a trade. Any profession that
    working with your hands is looked down upon by teachers that spent many
    years studying from books. Very little "trade schools" are available, and
    many that do exist are being closed. The US has a very high percentage of
    students that don't finish high school, because they want to learn about
    that they can touch. Occasionally, a high school will offer "hands on"
    but as you have seen from this thread, these classes are being shut down as
    well. It is frustrating, one more generation, and no one will know how to
    change the oil in their cars, and finding a repairman who does know is
    going to be difficult.
  6. ---------------
    I'm hobby, hobbier, hobbiest, NO, I'm a hobbyest!!!

    Learn GRAMMAR! Yeah, I know, your grammar lives in another state!

    The schools are technically incompetent, they don't know what they
    need or how to use it, it's truly pitiful. We need to bring more
    non-bachelor-degreed technicians and 2-year technologists into the
    school system to teach this stuff, but the established teaching
    staff and priciplaships are all degreed and insulated from the world of
    blue-collar expertise, which they were taught to denigrate for
    some unknown reason, (until they need something fixed) and they
    have NO IDEA of who knows what and how-to do it in the outer society.
    I've tried to DONATE innumerable devices and even my own time to
    schools over the years, and all they would have had to do is say: YES,
    but they were paralyzed with technophobia and bureaucratic doubt for
    anything that hadn't been done much before, and yet they consistently
    complain that they don't KNOW how to do any of this stuff!!
  7. onestone

    onestone Guest

    It's not just the States. Here in Australia I've offered tools,
    equipment and even to teach courses with material and time provided
    free, to my childrens high school, but those offers have always been
    ignored. My youngest son has just changed to a newly opened high school
    dedicated to maths and science, it'll be interesting to see their
    approach, I've made the offer of several development kits, parts, built
    boards, time, and support, I'm waiting to see if anything happens.

  8. I had a similar experience in Hamilton. Ontario, Canada. It was a real
    struggle to find someone in the school system to accept the databooks and
    equipment I wanted to donate.

    When I was in high school, electronics was a 3-year course. We got to take
    equipment home for the weekend! I remember people' reaction when I setup an
    oscilloscope and two signal generators to produce spiral figures (I can't
    remember the name, lysageos, or something).

    Dana Raymond
  9. Earl Wildes

    Earl Wildes Guest

    I have been an electronic engineer for over 20 years, and what I have
    seen over and over are new engineers coming out of college with no
    idea which end of a soldering iron is hot. It is not necessary to
    intern as a technician for four years, but it would be nice if they
    had some idea of what the real world was like.
  10. If they did work as a tech first, they would understand that part of
    a design is to make it easy to assemble, and work on. The best
    engineers I have worked with all started working with electronics before
    they went to get a degree.


    Its August 5, 2003, so I'm 51 today!
    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  11. Dan Fraser

    Dan Fraser Guest

    Yes, I do find it frustrating. No one learns hardware any more. No
    wonder it takes Being 15,000 engineers to design anything.

    I worked many years as a tech before I finally got a full time
    engineering job. When I hire techs now its amazing how little many of
    them know.

    I just can't bring myself to throw the stuff out. I already tossed the
    real crap but it seems most of the hardware design seems to have moved
    to China. Everyone here wants to do software. I have news. The software
    jobs are starting to move to India where speak English better than a lot
    of Americans

    I'm designing a low end DSP here but our high end unit is being done in
    India to my spec as next to no one here seems to know crap about writing
    tight machine code software let alone the hardware.

    I even find the techs and engineers laid off from aerospace just don't
    seem to have that good a knowledge. So few people are really into
    hardware anymore.

    Well its a god thing my company does not have a forced retirement age.
    It looks like I'll just keep designing hardware until I drop. at least
    there is always work for people who know how to design and repair stuff.

    I'm 52 and my grandfather made it to 101. After that, well, we just buy
    all our hardware from China I guess.

    Dan Fraser

    From Costa Mesa in sunny California
    949-631-7535 Cell 714-420-7535

    Check out my electronic schematics site at:
    If you are into cars check out
  12. PaoloS

    PaoloS Guest

    in Italy the situation is the same...
    There are no "hands on" classes in the technical school, and learning
    is everyday more theoretical...
    If a student wants to know how stuff works, he has to do it by
    himself. :(
  13. A E

    A E Guest

    Tell that to the employers who want a pedigree of degrees as long as my arm....
    I was once in an interview for a microwave communications company in Montreal. I
    explained to the 'gentleman' interviewing me that I don't have a bachelor's
    degree but that I have designed devices and have a small lab at home and
    basically learn on my own. He looked at me as if I had sprouted spontaneous
    gangrenous leprosy and sneered 'Oh, you're one of those', with heavy italics on
    the 'those'. I didn't get that job.
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    Lissajous figures. ISTR you hook two sinewave oscillators up to the scope
    with different frequencies, but the same amplitude. Set the scope to "X-Y"
    mode and watch the patterns :)

  15. Dan Fraser

    Dan Fraser Guest

    Another Canuck I see. I'm living in Canada's 5th largest city, Greater
    Los Angeles.

    Yes, while I work as an engineer now, I'm one of "those" too.

    I found a smaller company that is still a world class operator where
    they were willing to overlook my dropping out of university and going to
    tech school (Damn fool mistake on my part dropping out).

    They were willing to overlook the formal degree and see my experience.
    To the interview I brought my patent and a circuit board (assembled)
    where I engineered the circuitry as well as designed the PCB. Quite a
    complex board too. Having faked my way into the Audio Engineering
    Society at one time helped as a credential too.

    While you are supposed to have a bachelor's degree to get in I got in by
    owning an audio related business and interviewing at the NYC head

    Overall, its my dream job and now I'm designing world class products,
    been promoted and making more money than ever before in my life.
    However, both people who interviewed me were engineers themselves.

    If you have to interview with a non tech HR person, you're right, you
    never get anywhere without the paperwork. However, I've met a lot of
    paper engineers and it takes 10 of them to do what I do.

    The difference I think is that most paper engineers are not really "into
    it". That is, after work, they go home and don't do any tech stuff
    outside of work. Its just a job to them.

    Myself, I do sound every month for a show in San Diego and I have a free
    schematics web site. The big reason I think I have stopped doing my
    projects at home is because I am doing the same projects and sometimes
    better ones, at work anyway.

    Why build something at home when I can do it at work and be paid for it.
    I'm lucky my personal interest parallels what I do at work.

    Dan Fraser

    From Costa Mesa in sunny California

    Check out my electronic schematics site at:
    If you are into cars check out
  16. A E

    A E Guest

    Ah, but the degree shows she 'learned to think'.... That's the excuse I get for the
    rationale of the 'bachelor degree for everything' mentality. You, sir, can not think.
    Ah, but she photocopied it like only a university graduate can. It was the same story
    at my previous employer.
    But she could give you the exact convolution matrix of the smearing! Don't you see?
    Everyone's an engineer these days. Component engineer just means data entry clerk.
    Where I was working before, it was actually kind of sad to see the kids fresh from
    university, all excited, start to work as component engineer, it didn't take them too
    long to figure out that they're not engineers... Lots of confused kids.
    That being said, I'm trying to get in university myself... Resistance is futile.
    There's *nothing* out there for two college diplomas. You know, it's not so much the
    university experience itself that I have a problem with, it's how the employers use
    it, like in your case. Feels like to get any kind of decent job, you need a bachelor's
    these days. Massive overkill in most cases.
  17. Fred Abse

    Fred Abse Guest

    On Sat, 09 Aug 2003 05:13:16 +0100, Michael A. Terrell wrote:

    She had a degree

    Probably in geography :)

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    Thank you. I forgot to remove that from my sig file.

    BTW: The idiot wanted a bigger office so she threw out several
    thousand data books, reference books and all the original disks and
    manuals for all the design software, just so she could move her desk
    into the library.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  19. Fred Abse

    Fred Abse Guest

    Definitely geography.

    Probablt summa cum laude, too.
  20. Terry

    Terry Guest

    People wrote, in part.
    I agree the best engineer I ever hired (that was when a
    group/departmental managers still, in our organization, had a say
    in who was chosen!) was an individual who had been the top tech
    at a small TV network. A good 'People person' too; he's been
    promoted and very roughly now has the same job that I held some
    15 years ago before I retired!
    I couldn't agree more. When I was a four year student apprentice
    about half way through some graduate engineers were placed
    alongside us and spent two years sort of 'hands on'. They were a
    little older and a little more worldly but it was a good mix.
    Come to think of it the second best engineer that I worked with
    had grown up on an isolated Scottish farm that depended on a set
    of surplus W.W.II ex German U Boat batteries for power; IIRC they
    were charged partly by a windmill and partly by an ancient one or
    two cylinder engine driving a dynamo via a big leather belt. I
    knew what he was talking about cos my uncle's chicken farm had a
    similar set up in the early 1940s! Anyway that engineer knew all
    about battery voltages and specific gravities at various
    PS. In another aspect, my wife's career as a commercial caterer,
    we found that architects often don't design kitchens that best
    suit their purpose/use. But that's another rant for another time.
    Ergo all apprentice architects should work as cooks, for a time!
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