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About TopDollar

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    Mechanical Engineer


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    i5 3570k @ 4.0GHz
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    AsRock Extreme 4
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    16GB Gskill RipJaws 1600mhz DDR3
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    2 X GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GeForce GTX 970
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    Cooler MasterCase 5 Pro
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    1 X Intel 520 Series 120GB SSD, 1 X WDCB 1TB, 1 X Seagate 500GB, 2 X WDCG 2TB (Mirrored)
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    Corsair HX1000i
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    ASUS VE247H
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    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
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    Corsair K70 RGB
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    Corsair Sabre Optical
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    Windows 7

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  2. I'm a mechanical engineer in the naval/marine industry. There are certainly job opportunities out there for mechanical engineers in consumer electronics, although they might be harder to find than computer science or electrical, computer, and software engineering jobs. I do know however that a handful of Aero/Mechanical engineers from my graduating class got jobs at Global Foundries. My best advice is to start gaining professional engineering experience now by applying for all the summer internships or semester long coops you can. Not only will doing that make it significantly easier to get a job right out of college, but it will also help you figure out what you like to do. I have a feeling a lot of mechanical engineering jobs in the consumer electronics industry are related to manufacturing processes.
  3. Trades are certainly a fine career choice. There's good demand for skilled tradesman and you can certainly make as much if not more than your average college degree holder. The downside is making that much in a trade requires putting in many extra hours per week of work. An opportunity cost that some don't find worth it. For example, a typical journeyman with 5 years experience in trade might make $25/hr ($52,000 annual salary based on a typical 40 hour work week) with a 1.5x overtime rate of $37.50/hr. If the journeyman wants to make $100k per year (not unrealistic in certain industries), then they would need to put in an additional 1,280 hours of overtime per year (($100,000 - $52,000) / $37.50/hr = 1,280hr) or a total of 3,360 hours per year. An engineer with the same 5 years of experience in industry might make $80,000 base salary per year and work 40 hour work weeks; resulting in a total of 2,080 hours per year worked (true for my job, some companies have engineers salaried and expect more than 40 hours per week). The engineer might make 20% less than the journeyman, but they also spent 38% less time working than the journeyman did. For some, this benefit is well worth it. Sometimes you even get the best of both worlds where there is overtime available for the engineer as well. Increased risk of occupational health related issues is also an opportunity cost of working in trades, but that one is probably pretty self explanatory. In short, don't disregard trades as being a bad career choice, but understand the downsides of that type of work as well.
  4. I don't think we'll see an overall decrease in wages within the Computer Science field anytime soon. I have a degree in both Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering and work on piping systems in the Naval industry. At least in our industry, a large majority of complex mechanical systems are being slowly converted to electrically controlled. Seems to be the same story with most other industries as well. Meaning there is a big demand for electrical/computer engineers and computer scientists to design these new systems. In the Aero industry as well, eletrical/computer engineering and computer science play a huge roll (avionics, fly-by-wire, etc.) since a lot more things are becoming more automated. I'd say it's probably easier to get into the Aero industry this way than it is with an Aero degree.
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  7. I'm an engineer myself (in the marine industry). I would very much recommend finishing the degree. Mostly for the reasons you laid out. Even if you like what you're doing now, the degree gives you much more flexibility in the future. Having the existing experience in a technical industry will certainly help. Getting additional experience each summer either with the company you currently work at, or at different companies, will be very beneficial as well. I've done some recruiting and interviewing for entry level engineering positions. Getting industry experience throughout college is one of the things that pops out to me on a resume. I'm guessing the majority of your pay comes from overtime? Entry level mechanical engineering jobs are around the $50-$70k per year range. A lot of office jobs being salaried positions. Mid career can certainly be in the 6 figure range, however a lot of these jobs are supervisory instead of being technical. Positions with hourly pay and true overtime are certainly available (mine is one for example).
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  11. If it's a job your'e not interested in and you're content where you're at now, then I probably wouldn't bother unless trying to raise your high 3 for retirement. We get into a similar situation in the office I work at as well. Not sure what pay band you're in but we top out at a 12 and the only way higher is in an exempt supervisory roll. Only other thing to consider is the rumor that an upcoming pay freeze might even affect step increases, and not just COLA.
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  13. I'd recommend going straight for General if you're interested in HF. At least when I took it, you could take the General test for free if you passed Technician. I never went higher than Tech though. I've participated in a couple contests and such, but the majority of my radio operating has been on 2 meter band volunteering at road rallies.
  14. Bose A20 aviation headset in celebration of my first solo
  15. If airplanes are included in this, then my ideal airplane combination is something along the lines of building a Kitfox STi for backcountry and local VFR flying: And an Aerostar 601P for cross country flying: For now though, I'll have to settle for a lowly Rockwell Commander 112 (a much more achievable goal at the moment):