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Jonathan Edwards in Jacksonville, Florida

67 months ago

Hello. My name is Jonathan Edwards. I recently graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and am finding it difficult to find a job in the field. Is anybody actively hiring because I can only find companies that are accepting resumes but not currently hiring at the time. I am more than willing to relocate anywhere.

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Robert in Klamath Falls, Oregon

63 months ago

I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering, 3 years of quality control experience, 2 certifcations, and I am in the same boat... no companys are hiring and the ones who claim to be sure arent interested in me. I have applied to over 200 jobs I am qualified for in the last 3 months, and not one single interview.

so its not just entry level engineers with this problem...

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Matt

61 months ago

Getting an MSME might not be a bad idea if mechanical engineering IS something you want to do. It would also buy you some time - the job market might be a whole lot better a couple of years from now. BUT, buying time and getting into a field that you might like more (than electrical engineering) would really be the only benefits. The truth is that a master's degree is not a whole lot more valuable than a bachelor's degree. Employers generally won't preferentially hire someone with a master's degree (especially vs someone with a bachelor's degree and experience). And pay is not really much better vs a bachelor's degree. Also keep in mind that entry level engineering jobs are generally hard to get in any economy, especially compared to the medical field (the only shortage that exists with engineers is with EXPERIENCED engineers). If simply getting a well-paying job is your priority, then your friends and parents have a point. The job market and pay will ALWAYS be better in health care than engineering. But if you have a REAL passion for mechanical engineering, then the difficulties associated with getting your first job might be well worth it.

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unknown in Fort Smith, Arkansas

61 months ago

hello Bigboy,

You can try to click the website below to find the job at Whirlpool in Evansville, Indiana. But I to tell you first. As my understanding, the company will be closed next year, don't know exact what month. If it is true, I don't understand why the company still hiring engineers for. I would think that because many engineers who work for Whirlpool already knew that its company is going to close and they probably quicked their jobs and have had jumped to other jobs before they get laid-off. As you know when the certain numbers of engeneers quicked works and the company will not have enough engeneers at the current times, in this case it may be a good opportunity for you to get the job there even it is a temporary job. A few months you work, a few months experience you will have, you would not lose anything. I have a friend who is the undergraduate student in Electrical Engineer. His currently jobk at Whirlpool as an electrian. At Whirlpool in my hometown, lots of people get laid-off included many engineers....some of them got laid-off, some of them quicked and jumped to another company. As a good consequence, my friend, he was very lucky, he got the intership job and still training under other engeneers. He told me, "They get out, I get in". What he meant other engineer quicked and he had a good chance for intership job.

Good luck to you bigboy, I hope you will find a job.

www.indeed.com/q-Whirlpool-l-Evansville,-IN-jobs.html

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unknown in Fort Smith, Arkansas

61 months ago

sorry bigboy I did't past the entire link, here is the link.

www.indeed.com/q-Whirlpool-l-Evansville,-IN-jobs.html

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unknown in Fort Smith, Arkansas

61 months ago

well, I don't know why it not highlight the entire link. so don't click it won't work, you need to copy the link with -IN-jobs,html and past it in the address, and it will work

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Chris in Redford, Michigan

61 months ago

I graduated in 08 with a B.S., Mechanical Engineering degree from a good University in Michigan (3.14 GPA) and have not been able to find anything. I apply for mostly janitorial and technician work now while I work at Meijer for 7.85 / hour. People look at me like I am some kind of idiot when I have my Meijer shirt on. I feel like I wasted my time and money getting this ridiculously hard degree with nothing to show for it but $55,000 of debt. Sorry for venting (whining), but I just don't know what to do anymore.

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unknown in Fort Smith, Arkansas

61 months ago

Chiris, Will you like to work outside of Michigan? If you do, this is the Mars Petcare website (www.mars.com/global/Careers+at+Mars/Job+Search/Search+results.htm?JobAreaCode=-1&SpecialisationCode=-1&RegionCode=NA&CountryCode=USA&StateCode=AR&CityCode=-1
) hoping you can find the job here in Fort Smith Arkansas. Mars recently opened its new facility in Fort Smith but only running for testing at the current time.
The operating line is not officially operate(0pen) until January, 2010. I don't know this company will hire engineers or not, but I'm very sure the company will hire technicians. Good luck Chiris.

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unknown in Fort Smith, Arkansas

61 months ago

Here Chiris, this link is posted the Quality Technician from Mars Petcare. If you can get the job technician at Mars is good for you because the company pays good salary, start at least $20.00/hr.

career.staffingsoft.com/site017/asp/JobSeekerResults.asp?Display=details&id=4370&ContactId=

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EGRS in Chicago, Illinois

61 months ago

Chris,

While at Michigan, did you belong to any organizations or part of the greek culture there? The reason I ask is that if you haven't already, it's time to start networking with fellow Michigan men. They are everywhere in the world. Did you intern at all while in school? If so, try and talk with your previous supervisor (if they still have jobs). I know the economy in MI is in the crapper, but at the same time if this helps, the economy everywhere is pretty bad.

Good luck.

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Rodovan in Montreal, Quebec

61 months ago

Brother......i am also from Michigan-Detroit. I just complete my MSME, but i was working and got laid off two months ago. is there any one around that area?...I am from wayne state university.

thanks

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Rodovan in Montreal, Quebec

61 months ago

Robert in Klamath Falls, Oregon said: I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering, 3 years of quality control experience, 2 certifcations, and I am in the same boat... no companys are hiring and the ones who claim to be sure arent interested in me. I have applied to over 200 jobs I am qualified for in the last 3 months, and not one single interview.

so its not just entry level engineers with this problem...

Brother......i am also from Michigan-Detroit. I just complete my MSME, but i was working and got laid off two months ago. is there any one around that area?...I am from wayne state university.

thanks

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Ben in Lawrence, Kansas

61 months ago

Hi guys, I'd totally agree with a lot of the comments going up. I'm graduating from the University of Kansas (BSME). I get "Do you have any work experience?" all of the time. It's kind of hard to tell them "No, but it's the job markets fault" Can't exactly pull in an internship if I have to compete with people all over the country. What would you guys suggest the correct answer to that question should be?

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Rodovan in Markham, Ontario

61 months ago

I already complete my master and got laid off. its almost a year haven't found any job. I don't know what will happen i plan to start my Phd, but still after Phd i will be on the same place that i am now. Any suggestion that start Phd is a good idea for this time or not?. i asked you before if any body from Michigan area, cause one thing is definite that people got job from personal contact and networking is much easier than online posting.

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Harrington in Mankato, Minnesota

61 months ago

what you can do become member of a church , or some good organization and meet professional people. Do you have good programming skills ? git LabView Certification I see job in that area all of the time online !

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dan in Chicago, Illinois

61 months ago

demand for ME graduates rough here in Chicago area too

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Urch in Garland, Texas

60 months ago

Matt said: Another possibility might be to try getting an internship for the time being. I recall someone at the career center telling me that alot of people who have a hard time finding jobs after graduation get internships instead. They typically take a couple of classes at junior college so that they still have student status, which allows them to get into internships.

Matt, have you been able to find a job since then? Any hope for the mechanical engineers world? Give me a feed back please.

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Urch in Garland, Texas

60 months ago

Matt how has been your job search? Any hope? has any employer called you for interview in Mechanical Engineering? Give me a feedback please.

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Rodovan in Detroit, Michigan

60 months ago

Hi Urch,

I am also recently graduate i was found a job before i was graduated, but i got laid off. In Michigan its really hard to find job even yo have a experienced. Any feedback will be appreciated. Are you thinking about PHd???

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Rodovan in Detroit, Michigan

60 months ago

Chris in Redford, Michigan said: I graduated in 08 with a B.S., Mechanical Engineering degree from a good University in Michigan (3.14 GPA) and have not been able to find anything. I apply for mostly janitorial and technician work now while I work at Meijer for 7.85 / hour. People look at me like I am some kind of idiot when I have my Meijer shirt on. I feel like I wasted my time and money getting this ridiculously hard degree with nothing to show for it but $55,000 of debt. Sorry for venting (whining), but I just don't know what to do anymore.

Hey Chris,

I am also from Michiagn......did you find anything yet???

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Matt

60 months ago

Urch in Garland, Texas said: Matt how has been your job search? Any hope? has any employer called you for interview in Mechanical Engineering? Give me a feedback please.

The only interview I got so far was one for a government job. And that was only because I did so well on their test. However, I ended up bombing the interview. So I am back to square one.

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D Chau in Port Lavaca, Texas

59 months ago

Jonathan Edwards in Jacksonville, Florida said: Hello. My name is Jonathan Edwards. I recently graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and am finding it difficult to find a job in the field. Is anybody actively hiring because I can only find companies that are accepting resumes but not currently hiring at the time. I am more than willing to relocate anywhere.

I worked here at Formosa Plastics Co as ME for 15 yrs and they are hiring now. Good and stable company. Formosa Plastics co at Point Comrfort, Texas. Good Luck.
Dinh

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Jonathan M. Edwards in Jacksonville, Florida

58 months ago

D Chau in Port Lavaca, Texas said: I worked here at Formosa Plastics Co as ME for 15 yrs and they are hiring now. Good and stable company. Formosa Plastics co at Point Comrfort, Texas. Good Luck.
Dinh

Hello Dinh.

I went on your company's website, and it showed that there are no current positions open at Point Comfort, TX. Is it possible that there are positions that have not been posted on the website? Do you have an email address where I may send you my resume, along with a skeleton sample of my cover letter demonstrating some of my projects and qualifications?

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cwei510 in El Cerrito, California

58 months ago

Lynn Provencal in El Dorado Hills, California said: If still interested, please contact me ASAP. Location is Sacramento, California. The business is a well establishd engineering firm. The name of the company is Turley and Associates. We are not experiencing recession status....Lots of work coming in!
Please contact ASAP.
lynnpro@comcast.net
Lynn Provencal

Hello Lynn,

I have a BS in mechanical engineering and am interested in engineering opportunities at Turley & Associates. I obtained my BS from Davis so I am very familiar with the Sacramento area. I will contact you via e-mail.

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friend in Solana Beach, California

58 months ago

Matt said: Same here with me. I got my MSME last May. And so far, all I got was one interview. Now I can accept that these are hard times. I can also accept that there might not actually be a decent number of openings for a while (maybe a year or two), and that it might take a LONG time for me to find work. But are companies going to look at me (and others here like me) as a liability in a year or two (vs fresh grads) because I have not worked in the field since graduating? That's probably my biggest concern at this point.

Stay current, perhaps e.i.t/f.e. cert.?

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Rodovan 3 in detroit, Michigan

58 months ago

Salame here Matt. I am also completed my MSME in last May. And since i wasn't got any job. Right now i am thinking to do my Phd in Biomedical Engineering. What you think?...i guess to get job in Medical field is much easier than the engineering.

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germorodolfo in Quezon City, Philippines

57 months ago

become creative what he had learned with apply any possible job to come in life

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chris in Hoffman Estates, Illinois

56 months ago

Good to know I'm not the only one. I graduated in dec 08 with a bachelors in ME w/ a decent GPA and to this date still have not found a job. Taking the F.E. in two weeks and after that its anything. I guess my career ended before it started. End Rant.

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Christian in San Diego, California

56 months ago

I graduated from Clemson University in August 08' with my MSME (3.5 GPA)I haven't had a single interview. I moved to San Diego in May of 09' and I've been working at Costco making $11/hr ever since.

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Solar Tracks in Rocklin, California

56 months ago

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Eric, Charlottesville, VA in Charlottesville, Virginia

55 months ago

Christian in San Diego, California said: I graduated from Clemson University in August 08' with my MSME (3.5 GPA)I haven't had a single interview. I moved to San Diego in May of 09' and I've been working at Costco making $11/hr ever since.

Gah, that's depressing, I graduated 5 months ago also from Clemson also with an MSME, 3.2 GPA and I've had two interviews, I think purely by chance though, really the postings just get continually more specialized and depressing, nobody seems to like to do any training. Oh yeah, if you want to hear something funny, one company I was working on a project for fired their receptionist to cut costs, now nobody greets you at the entrance and the lights are off

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rodovan in Franklin, Michigan

55 months ago

all the brother please dont be dedressed I also complete my MSME with 3.7 GPA. I recetly got job at GM. So lets keep your hopes up and you will find A ONE SOON :)

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Matt in Los Angeles, California

55 months ago

Eric, Charlottesville, VA in Charlottesville, Virginia said: Gah, that's depressing, I graduated 5 months ago also from Clemson also with an MSME, 3.2 GPA and I've had two interviews, I think purely by chance though, really the postings just get continually more specialized and depressing, nobody seems to like to do any training. Oh yeah, if you want to hear something funny, one company I was working on a project for fired their receptionist to cut costs, now nobody greets you at the entrance and the lights are off

I just have to wonder whether companies actually find people with the kinds of specialized training/experience that they seem to be looking for. It just seems like finding someone who has EXACTLY what they want is going to be MUCH more difficult than training someone to do it. Not to mention that, if they DO manage to find a perfect fit, they are going to have to pay them ALOT more. It just seems like it would be MUCH better for them to train someone or promote from within and hire an entry level person. But what do I know?

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Eric, Charlottesville, VA in Charlottesville, Virginia

55 months ago

Matt,

Yeah, I agree with your point of view, entry level engineers are pretty valuable, but since most companies aren't expanding, there's no basic level projects that need to be handed off to newly graduated engineers, I keep telling myself it's the economy but that doesn't change that a newly graduated engineer will always be considered "fresher" than me which is why I'm learning more software, Solidworks, Ansys, Radtherm, Fluent, and taking the FE exam this year as I have some time.

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Matt in Sacramento, California

53 months ago

harry85 in Clementon, New Jersey said: I am Recent gradute with MSME from New Jersey Institute Of Technology. No job. idk what to do as every company demands experience..Just tell them from where the new graduates will get experience if no body wants to give them opportunity to learn and prove themselves.

I am sure that, if you ask them where you are supposed to get the experience, you will hear the same thing as if you sent them your resume - that deafening sound of silence.

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W in San Carlos, California

52 months ago

john in Southfield, Michigan said: i have a bs., in mechanical engineering. 3 internships and cannot find any entry level work. i'm getting denied for $11 / hour jobs now, hiring manager does not like the advanced degree at all. i want to hang myself, i don't know what to do.

Please, don't do that. Things will get better, hang in there.

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ken in Houston, Texas

51 months ago

Looking for entry level estimator. Mechanical Engineering background prefered. Job is Houston based and you must be a self starter and very dependable.

To apply send me your resume: ken.dickenson@yahoo.com

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Phat in Fremont, California

51 months ago

Uc in Denton, Texas said: I hold bachelors in Electrical Engineering and have had insufficient work experience. My former 3month job as a electrical technician trainee did not last. Also, I have no job now for a long time. I only have a $9 per hour job as a sales associate in a store. I just started a graduate program in Mechanical engineering. Meanwhile my parents and friends have been telling me to thinking of switching to another field maybe medical.
Please, would someone tell me the possibility of securing a job as a mechanical engineer with MSc. I want to take the risk. Please someone should advice further me.All I need is encouragement or useful suggestions.

I agree with your parents and friends' suggestion. Don't go to MSc in ME. Changing field to software engineering or med.
I'm on the same boat with you guys. Got BSME on May 2010 from UC Berkeley, got few interviews, but can't get anything. I'm think to apply for a job at $11 an hour -_-"

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Matt in Long Beach, California

51 months ago

Phat in Fremont, California said: I agree with your parents and friends' suggestion. Don't go to MSc in ME. Changing field to software engineering or med.
I'm on the same boat with you guys. Got BSME on May 2010 from UC Berkeley, got few interviews, but can't get anything. I'm think to apply for a job at $11 an hour -_-"

Unfortunately, I also tend to agree here. Yes, the economy is bad now. But the fact of the matter is that mechanical engineering is NOT a growth profession, at least here in the US. Even in good times, employers are NOT going to be lining up for ME grads straight out of school the way they do for, say, nurses. Getting a first job as a mechanical engineer will always be a struggle (to a greater or lesser degree). So unless you just happen to have a REAL passion for mechanical engineering AND know alot of people in the field who can help you land a job, there are easier ways (at least in terms of landing a job after school) to make a living.

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Matt

51 months ago

Speaking of being told by parents not to study mechanical engineering because it is not marketable, who would have ever thought that a mechanical engineering degree would ever be on the same level as an art, music or humanities degree in terms of marketability.

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Uc in Gainesville, Texas

51 months ago

Please, can someone tell me an optimistic area in this field of mechanical engineering. I am thinking of mechanical design in Building services but with PE, C++ and CAD/CAM. Many consortium of enginners and private contractors would benefit from young guys with this knowledge. Even if the economy is bad, can we still make something enterprising(self employment)out of this skill? Comments please.

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Meng2 in Tampa, Florida

51 months ago

Matt said: Speaking of being told by parents not to study mechanical engineering because it is not marketable, who would have ever thought that a mechanical engineering degree would ever be on the same level as an art, music or humanities degree in terms of marketability.

Tell me about it. Just a terrible feeling of putting all that time and effort into a seemingly "worthless" degree.

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jobless and broke in San Jose, California

51 months ago

I guess I'm not the only one. I graduated from a top 2 university and haven't gotten past an interview...for the past 9 months. Relatives have jobs, but keep advising me on worthless, exhausted methods. If this country doesn't repair by next year, I'll be packing my bags and heading to a country where engineers are valued, and not treated like the equivalent of liberal arts majors and such. I guess this is the hope and change we all expected.

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jobless and broke in San Jose, California

51 months ago

Meng2 in Tampa, Florida said: Tell me about it. Just a terrible feeling of putting all that time and effort into a seemingly "worthless" degree.

Agreed. And if I hear one more HR rep say to me, "Tell me about a time...," I think I'll walk out of the room, purchase a gun with one bullet, and shoot myself.

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Matt in Montebello, California

51 months ago

jobless and broke in San Jose, California said: Agreed. And if I hear one more HR rep say to me, "Tell me about a time...," I think I'll walk out of the room, purchase a gun with one bullet, and shoot myself.

"Tell me about a time......"? OUCH!!!! THOSE have to be the worst. The stupid thing here is that the ability to answer questions like these only show that you know how to 'wing it'. And engineering is NOT about winging it. You would think that, if companies are trying to be more selective about hiring engineers, they would at least ask more relevant questions than these types of questions. But some people never learn. No wonder SO many incompetent people actually get hired, while those who actually know something get tossed aside like a piece of trash.

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jobless and broke in San Jose, California

51 months ago

Matt in Montebello, California said: "Tell me about a time......"? OUCH!!!! THOSE have to be the worst. The stupid thing here is that the ability to answer questions like these only show that you know how to 'wing it'. And engineering is NOT about winging it. You would think that, if companies are trying to be more selective about hiring engineers, they would at least ask more relevant questions than these types of questions. But some people never learn. No wonder SO many incompetent people actually get hired, while those who actually know something get tossed aside like a piece of trash.

Matt, about 90% of my interviews have been conducted this way. I wish they knew better, but they don't, and that's the same reason why qualified people like me don't even get interviews for positions that perfectly suit them. I know, engineering is about technical communication, not storytelling and "feel good" experiences. I was the one pulling all-nighters, studying my ass off 7 days a week while my liberal arts friends were out partying nonstop all the time. I bet you can guess who has a full time job now.

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S M in Miami, Florida

51 months ago

It's truly sad that the incredible amount of hard work required to acquiring an engineering degree has now become a joke, simply because there is no job to show for it. I know, because I have a MSME, and am basking in the glory of unemployment (heavy sarcasm). At the same time, what I'm slowly learning is, that the only way to make things work in this day and age is to be Resourceful. Sad as it may be, creativity usually isn't a strong trait in engineers (atleast the ones I have met).

Some people have posted that they are working $9 an hour retail jobs. That demonstrates a complete lack of resourcefulness, in my opinion. There are still tons of other avenues, just not as lucrative as an engineering job. As posted earlier, I was doing freelance tutoring and making almost $30 an hour. There's always teaching math in public schools, which I imagine can be a very satisfying job. Spend some time and learn how to make webpages, and go freelance. THERE IS NO EXCUSE TO BE WORKING A CRAPPY MINIMUM WAGE JOB WITH AN ENGINEERING DEGREE. Go back to school, and get PhD in something you find interesting... it's 4-5 years of paid work. Go to another country and look for work. Go live by a college, and do part time engineering work for a professor (they always have a surplus of work to get done). Come on people....

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Pelle in New York, New York

50 months ago

I got my BSME with a small group of friends but I decided to work out of that making 32k a year and left after about two years. They stayed and got their MSME in 2007 and all got jobs starting in the 60k. I just got my MSME and I am working under and architect p/t making barely a 1000 a month. Now it has been 4 months with no luck yet.

Seems like my friends did something right and I did something absolutely wrong. I swear if I could not of made the stupid decision of working for THIS HORRIBLE PAY COMPANY AND SAID THATS TOO LOW LET ME FINISH MY DEGREE WILL I MIGHT OF BEEN BETTER OFF!!!!!!!!!

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Matt in Minneapolis, Minnesota

49 months ago

Im in the same boat as everyone else it seems. I graduated last year for mechanical engineering. I was finally able to land a temp job this past spring but it was grunt work for $12/hr. They basically used me to finish up a bunch of redlines and ECOs because the company was going through an audit. All the while I'm working they keep telling me about maybe taking me on for a more permanent position, only to find out one day after coming home from work that they let me go. Their excuse was they ran out of work for me. Since then i've had about 5 interviews over the summer all with the same result. They pick someone with more experience.

And I am sooo sick of those stupid HR questions. In one interview I spent an hour talking with the HR lady answering a whole mess of questions irrelevant to the job. After that I had another hour interview with the engineering manager asking the same dumb questions.

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS??? not in the engineering field thats for sure!!

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Uche in Denton, Texas

49 months ago

Matt in Minneapolis, Minnesota said: Im in the same boat as everyone else it seems. I graduated last year for mechanical engineering. I was finally able to land a temp job this past spring but it was grunt work for $12/hr. They basically used me to finish up a bunch of redlines and ECOs because the company was going through an audit. All the while I'm working they keep telling me about maybe taking me on for a more permanent position, only to find out one day after coming home from work that they let me go. Their excuse was they ran out of work for me. Since then i've had about 5 interviews over the summer all with the same result. They pick someone with more experience.

And I am sooo sick of those stupid HR questions. In one interview I spent an hour talking with the HR lady answering a whole mess of questions irrelevant to the job. After that I had another hour interview with the engineering manager asking the same dumb questions.

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS??? not in the engineering field thats for sure!!

Just keep applying u ll get a job someday. You can enroll for ur MSc. in the same field and target teaching job and PHd. Teaching job is more stable.

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