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Old August 8th, 2013, 01:15 PM   #21
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I love working with cars. I would love to work at the GM proving grounds in Milford. I just don't know how I would even begin to apply for an internship there, if they even offer them.
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Old August 8th, 2013, 01:25 PM   #22
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I'm also an ME student on an internship for the summer. I'm not sure where you go to school, but I go to Michigan Tech and they make it real easy to get in touch with Ford, GM, Chrysler, basically anyone you would ever want to work for. We have reps from the big 3 on campus all the time. I would say to try looking into testing and things like that. Mainly that is done by MET's though (Mechanical Engineering Techinicians) which is lower paying because it takes less to get an MET degree, but you'd be outside more.
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Old August 8th, 2013, 01:28 PM   #23
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Kettering. You gotta be the cream of the crop, and know some people.
Being female or a minority helps. This is fact, not racism/sexism
In our ethics course, the professor stated that companies did away with quotas, then asked if the co-ops that worked at GM and Ford would voluntarily raise their hands..........1 white male out of about 10 hands raised That guys dad was a GM VP
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Old August 8th, 2013, 01:45 PM   #24
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Yeah but the industry is not as stable as Engineering
You have no clue. You have obviously never researched the ag industry if you think it's not stable. Many people I work with have not changed employers for over 30 years. I would say that's stable.
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Old August 8th, 2013, 01:52 PM   #25
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I would suggest working for some place that does R&D. I worked 3 places as a co-op as well as 2 full time positions, starting my 3rd on Monday and am only 25. 2 in manufacturing (1 as a co-op, 1 as full time), 2 at an R&D/Product development facility (1 as a co-op, 1 as full time) and 1 in process development.

Out of everything I have enjoyed the R&D fields the best. I have done the most hands on building of parts, testing and just generally getting to be in the labs either helping the techs or doing the things on my own.

My current Job is at a manufacturing facility as a project engineer in aerospace and I feel like I spend more time doing bullshit paper work then I have at any other position I have had hence why I am starting a new job on Monday. It is extremely tedious work making sure that the people on the floor know how to build the parts correctly and are reading the processes right. You have to deal with a lot of crap from them for the tiniest thing being misspelled on paper work as to why they made the part wrong that they had previously made right with the same paper work.

Another option would be working as an engineer in an oil field. I have a friend that moved out to North Dakota and is working in the oil field. He goes out to them on a fairly regular basis. It gets you being outside without being a civil engineer.

Just my 2 cents on the subject.
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Old August 8th, 2013, 02:01 PM   #26
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I love my job! I graduated with a ME degree and am in Defense Engineering Sales. I work for a company that produces all of the equipment that produces ammunition components. I work with start ups and companies such as Remington, atk, Hornady and the such everyday on the job. I get to discuss a product that I love and enjoy what I am doing.

There are plenty of jobs out there that can relate to what you like. You just have to find what you are most interested in and then sitting behind a desk, airplane, or taxi isn't that bad.
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Old August 8th, 2013, 02:07 PM   #27
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Old August 8th, 2013, 03:44 PM   #28
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It has been said a few time before and I will agree with the people who say look into test engineering. I have an MET degree and work as a test engineer, I eat lunch at my desk and that is about it. I work from my toolbox in a lab, and to over simplify my job, I get to break stuff for money.
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Old August 8th, 2013, 03:55 PM   #29
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Being female or a minority helps. This is fact, not racism/sexism
In our ethics course, the professor stated that companies did away with quotas, then asked if the co-ops that worked at GM and Ford would voluntarily raise their hands..........1 white male out of about 10 hands raised That guys dad was a GM VP
pretty sure that's the only way my wife keeps her job
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Old August 8th, 2013, 04:31 PM   #30
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I love working with cars. I would love to work at the GM proving grounds in Milford. I just don't know how I would even begin to apply for an internship there, if they even offer them.
I was a test engineer for GM in Wixom for a while. I got in by a contract company. (Kelly services, areotek, etc). Then depending on how good you are and where your at in the food chain depends on if you become a direct employee or not.
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Old August 8th, 2013, 05:09 PM   #31
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I have an ME degree and after sitting at a desk for 8 years transferred to Field Service. I travel the region going to power plants and refineries and install, configure, and conduct verification testing on vibration protection systems. Its a mix of electrical, mechanical and computer work. Pretty interesting and I get to see a lot of areas I wouldn't normally travel too. I find most design work boring so this keeps me away from a cubicle.
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Old August 8th, 2013, 06:49 PM   #32
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I love working with cars. I would love to work at the GM proving grounds in Milford. I just don't know how I would even begin to apply for an internship there, if they even offer them.
Hmmm. Ill ask my father in law he works there in the crash test department.
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Old August 8th, 2013, 06:54 PM   #33
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If you don't want to see your desk as an ME, get a manufacturing job. I started at Dow Corning as a plant engineer trouble shooting equipment. Now, I'm asst plant manager and project engineer at a titanium recycling plant and love it. Lots of hours, but lots of freedom to experiment with company money.

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Old August 8th, 2013, 07:16 PM   #34
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Expect a lot of hours if you go the manufacturing engineer route like a lot are suggesting. I work with a lot of them and i would guess they put in around 70hr a week atleast

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Old August 8th, 2013, 07:49 PM   #35
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MPG isn't all its cracked up to be...nor is GM.

I think part of the issue is the fallacy that you need to do something you love...at the end of the day, any job will become that - a job. They all have their ups and downs and most are what you make of it.
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Old August 8th, 2013, 08:06 PM   #36
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You have no clue. You have obviously never researched the ag industry if you think it's not stable. Many people I work with have not changed employers for over 30 years. I would say that's stable.
No I never made it to the point of doing research. All I am saying is that if I owned my farm and the crops get a disease or a bad drought, I am fucked.
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Old August 8th, 2013, 08:09 PM   #37
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Hmmm. Ill ask my father in law he works there in the crash test department.
What's his name? I spend a lot of time out at MPG.
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Old August 8th, 2013, 08:10 PM   #38
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No I never made it to the point of doing research. All I am saying is that if I owned my farm and the crops get a disease or a bad drought, I am fucked.
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Old August 8th, 2013, 08:47 PM   #39
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I think part of the issue is the fallacy that you need to do something you love...at the end of the day, any job will become that - a job. They all have their ups and downs and most are what you make of it.
Agreed.

I don't think people should do a job they hate, for sure. But I think people overplay it. I think just the mommy said I'm special/hipster mentality of people.

The meaning of life is ultimately to do stuff that makes you happy. For 99.999% of people that means the trade off of giving some of your time to an employer in exchange for money which enables you do more of those things you want to do, than if you didn't have a job.

IMO, if you like engineering - designing, problem solving - and are good at it, then its a great career. I have 18 years under my belt as an engineer, and still enjoy it. Before that, I spent 3 years working outdoors everyday doing high end landscape/pavers/deck building, which was very rewarding, and I loved working outside. But when I look at which job give me the time, money, vacation, benefits, etc, to enjoy my life, its engineering hands down.

I know our ME's get to do a lot of fun work with the design studios helping to design the look of the vehicle interiors. Sometimes you get to take nice trips, like 3 weeks in Melborne to help GM design the Camaro cluster. Which I think our guys did 2 weeks at GM Holden, and 1 week diving the barrier reefs. In the last few years, I've got to visit China during the olympics, ride in an Aston Martin around the Nurburgring, get wasted at Casa de Cuervo in Tequila, MX, and a lot of other fun things on work trips.. So I do get out from the desk once in a while ;-)
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