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  1. pyrohaz

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    Hey guys,
    I start my electronic engineering degree next academic year (September 13) and I know its a bit far fetched but are there any jobs in electronic weaponry design? Not so much the control side (as in missile nav systems) but literal research into electronic methods of propulsion? Any information is appreciated :)

    Cheers, Harris
     
  2. john monks

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    Yes. What generally happens is that you will assigned a project such as guidance or radar or laser projects. This is a very interesting field and it's what I've done for years. The interesting part is that you have all the latest equipment at your disposal to checkout and use at will. Whole roomful of parts are available to you and what they don't have can be ordered. So your working on projects all day long and it is never boring. I've been doing this for most of my life and I enjoy going to work more than anything else I do.
    If your interested in it go for it but I must say the job market has gotten very tight.
     
  3. (*steve*)

    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

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    I've had a helicopter pilot tell me his job was more fun than anything he did with his pants on.

    Your job must be even better! ;)
     
  4. Laplace

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    What level of education is it necessary to achieve in order to be given that level of support? Do any but PhD's get to work on the really interesting stuff?
     
  5. pyrohaz

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    Thanks for the reply.

    By tight do you mean over saturated with graduates or only for the really clever students with high class degrees?
     
  6. john monks

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    Employers are generally looking for young recent graduates, in their 20's,
    In the early 1970's the Los Angeles Times had several pages looking for recruits for the aviation, missle, space, and many other military projects. I remember quiting one company, walking next door in a calibration shop, and being on the payroll that very morning. Companies offered good jobs with good wages and benefits. All you had to do is pass the entrance examination and the physical. Now days, especially for the older worker, it seems like nobody wants to hire them.
    That's what I mean by tighter.
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2013
  7. ray.kauma

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    Only growth, everything is going digital and electrical parts are being used everywhere, so a great future is waiting for you.
     
  8. pyrohaz

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    Thats a shame to hear that its no longer like that! But atleast if they're hiring the younger graduates, I may just stand a chance pos tuni.

    Thanks for the help,
    Harris
     
  9. davenn

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    The problem is tho... Us electronics techs are just becoming board jockeys ... that is
    very rarely are repairs done at component level. The fault is isolated to a board and that board is swapped
    The majority of the boards in the gear I work on, I wouldnt want to do component level repair anyway. the SMD components are just too small for easy rework action.

    Dave
     
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