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  1. GreenGiant

    GreenGiant

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    As many of you know I worked for a large scale battery company, in the R&D deparment for lithium batteries. I was only a Senior Engineering Technician doing almost nothing to do with electronics, or anything I went to school for.

    So up until friday of last week this was true, I'm now working for a Biological storage company (we make huge freezers that store biological samples as evidence, or for later use, etc) Im working for the electrical department of R&D here,so it has moved to a much more familiar area. My title has also improved, I'm now a full on Electrical Engineer (one of the main reasons I took the job over the loyalty I heald to my first one). The pay increase isn't as large as I thought it would be but its still the title that I wanted (well almost, Electronics Engineer would be better but still, I'm an engineer).

    As a result I may not be able to get on here as much for the time being, I will try to get on and add my 2 cents to posts here and there as I can (especially when it'll rile up CocaCola or KrisBlueNZ :p)

    Any advice for me now that I have been out of school for almost a year and have already achieved the rank of Engineer?

    Also any book recommendations for learning C# and for maintaining knowledge of C++ would be great (need both as well as visual basic for this job, though I already have a book for VB)

    Green
     
  2. (*steve*)

    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

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    Congratulations, but remember, you are an engineer because of your knowledge and the way you approach a task, not because of the title you have.

    But it's nice to have the title :)
     
  3. GreenGiant

    GreenGiant

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    Thanks Steve, I know its all about knowledge and approach, I just need to reaquire and expand my knowledge. It is definitely nice to have the title, it commands significantly more respect than technician, not that I have a problem with technicians, not at all, its just nice to be the respected one for once.
     
  4. CocaCola

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    If this is to be your career, continue to search for a company that will let you mature and grow as the years go by, dead end jobs are no fun unless they constantly challenge you...
     
  5. GonzoEngineer

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    My experience has been that the best Engineers started out as Technicians.:D
     
  6. shrtrnd

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    And the best technicians remained technicians their entire working lives.
    Like me.
     
  7. davenn

    davenn Moderator

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    hear hear !! ;)

    Dave
     
  8. CDRIVE

    CDRIVE Hauling 10' pipe on a Trek Shift3

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    Congratulations! Loving your work is a billion times more important than your new title though. Nothing is more torturous for creative mind than an unchallenging job. ;) Did you get a white lab coat with the title? :D

    Chris
     
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