When I was employed, I was healthier than I’ve ever been in my life (before now), I was working less than 30 hours a week (even though I was considered full-time), and I had a substantial amount of freedom. I was unable to escape this even when switch jobs multiple times. However, we didn’t want to move and there are limited employers in our area. Learn more about the role including real reviews and ratings from current Structural Engineers, common tasks and duties, how much Structural Engineers earn in your state, the skills current Employers are looking for and common education and career pathways. I guess I gotta figure something out. I couldn’t work full-time and take care of my mom. I am a consulting engineer specializing in structural glass for buildings, and a started my own practice two years ago. I took a basic Vehicle Operator job with Uber’s self-driving group but it pays much less. There have been some stressful times in my career but really they were self generated due to fear of job loss or pointless ambition. I think you are going to be much happier now Joe. Students could take graduate-level courses during their senior year and shorten the time to complete the Master’s degree. I simply do not have any faith in MBA-types to achieve anything, which resembles anything more than a dog-eat-dog cage match with periodic headcount reduction exercises over the corporate spectrum. I looked at my classmates and thought about what keeps them to stay there. Xerox is WAY smaller than it used to be, and Bosh and Lomb’s HQ is leaving – announced a week ago. I make $90K plus right now at 40 hrs per week. At first, I was an RCG and loved working late and even on weekends. But don’t give up man, I didn’t give up because I know things are going to be fine and I pray to God that He will help me with everything. Any advice would be appreciated. It’s a different world today for kids with their tablets and smartphones. Now I’m 4 years out of employment, perhaps 10 years out of any real technical work. I am currently 36 and may be able to retire retire at 40, but I would never do so because I like engineering too much. Anyway, if you can get a C, then stick with it. As a young engineer, strive to be a sponge and learn as much as you can about your chosen technical area. It is true! Hopefully you will like it and will post a great review of it both on Amazon.com and here on your blog. I did not choose! I asked myself is this really I want to become?, I realized every time I go back in my hometown, I saw my siblings my Big bro and my beautiful sister getting tired in their toxic jobs, depress but still they go to work hard just to provide me my allowance for needs in college and also my uncle and my aunt who I considered my second parents providing my tuition fees in college. If your team fails you will be under scrutiny even if you didn’t had any influence on the bad decisions made by your team leaders. Plus, I am going to start all the way from the beginning if I do make the jump. Until the last position they sent their house mouse/gossipper in to bother me over five times to apply for a job I did not want. I flipped a coin between civil- and mechanical engineering, and chose M.E., as it’s the most versatile if I ever find a need to change jobs. Have you thought about something like civil or geotech? Wow, SpaceX sounds like a great place to work. I have got a good job offer in a new good company but its all the way across country from where we live. So she told me that after I graduate and find a job that will answer to my questions. Good luck! Stay out of aerospace. You have to be a multiplier when you’re a senior-level engineer. 27 year old engineers being promoted to group leaders instructing 57 year old alcoholic contracting engineers. 2. But I hate being bold, and would like some feedback first. It does not surprise me there are “shortages” and fewer students studying it…I did Mechanical Engineering in University and went on to work on automotive engines. I consulted with graduate students and professors at school and they gave me similar answers that you gave me. However, some people may enjoy engineering/enjoy the career path. At this point in your life, you should focus on finishing college and finding a good job that you like. I am a senior level civil engineering student that got into engineering because I enjoyed math and physics. I have tried the freelancing side of things, but I know from that that its very difficult to get any kind of steady jobs rolling along. At least you gave it a shot, right? From what I’ve seen, the guys who don’t shift gears either way end up as “journeymen” who go from contract to contract, hoping to latch on for the same salary they had a decade ago while struggling to adapt to the ever-changing technical tools that the software companies push. The guys in my level who landed the jobs weren’t necessarily the cream the crop academically but tended to be more outgoing socially and thrived in team projects. Another friend had a couple crappy jobs and long stretches of unemployment and now wishes he hadn’t quit our company in the first place. My own family is living on one income. Don’t stay in a situation that you don’t like. You’ll get a big pay cut though. Thank you for your thoughts! I already want out before I could no longer reverse the damage, even when I thought it’s already too late. Then they kicked me out in Engineering. We have debts from previous houses, etc. I was only in the corporate world for 4 years before making my leap, so while I don’t consider myself retired, I’m definitely out on my own. I think science teacher sounds great. You’d have to compete with 20 something kids who don’t mind spending 80 hours on the job. A company making retirement software drilled my coworkers in interviews – and that company doesn’t even pay well (their ad encourages H1 visa holders to apply and advertises a $45k salary at the low end of the range). What I would say about your situation is that you’ve tied your specific company experience to your job. Good luck with the healthcare field. Just recalling the period of life makes me want to retch my guys out. You will now notice some new faces, as you will have a new manager installed between you and your current manager, the negative changes to your benefits package, stagnant wage, even more meetings and reports to make sure your doing your job, as if the last reports and meetings weren’t enough to justify your position. As I near the age of 80, I notice a subtle difference within weeks of my memory and mental state after being on the new job after a few weeks. Good luck! It was really hard to go back to work after the 2nd one. From my experience, there are some classes that are harder to get through than others. I would encourage you to seek out internships or research opportunities that can demonstrate the real-world applications of your engineering curriculum. You’re still young. So while companies are replacing older experienced engineers with cheaper foreign tech workers on H-1B visas this guy did a reverse and he is sharing his engineering expertise with the Italians. Intel is one of the better company in the industry from what I understand. At the ripe age of 50 (12 months ago) I decided to shift out of engineering. Sign up for a free account at CrowdStreet to check out their projects. Ask how you got into this field in the first place, which I assume was because you liked computers/coding and wanted to turn an interest into an occupation. I've been a civil engineer for 9 years now, and I despise it. I see even guys with PE licenses not getting work because they can’t manage. In the company I work at now, they have actually had a partnership with an Indian company for a handful of years and are trying to pull back some of that work back to the US, in house. PA sounds like a good career too. I was offered severance or a position back in engineering. To summarize, I would advise the 30 somethings not to let your 40’s sneak up on you, especially if the last few years of your career have been in cruise control as an engineer. And now, I came to the point when I asked God if I am supposed to be here because looking back, just last sem make my sem this year to be my edge …for failing one of my major subjects, for the first time…. I used to enjoy being in the manufacturing plant, troubleshooting complex problems, getting that high at the end of the shift that we banged something out or whatever. Then I still shifted in Civil Engineering. Monghate Engineering, with highly qualified and experienced professionals, provides exceptional service, innovative approaches to design, and timely completion of projects ranging from small, unsophisticated structures to large, complex building programs. My son, like yourself and CNBC’s Jim Cramer studied engineering. But I miss the opportunity to make it worth for the world : the relevance for a better world. So even though I was able to get the technical stuff done, I was penalized because I wasn’t the most extroverted or well connected person during focal. I’m very curious why you couch your quitting in the phrase of “retirement” rather than staying home to take care of your kid (which I know you’d said was a big reason for quitting). A real moron, who’s only goal was to work there for a year so he could collect his $200,000 retainer. I think your management and the actual nature of the job probably matter as much or more than the company. Evening meetings with Shanghai teams, zero design work, meetings, meetings, meetings. After two years I quit. It’s the stupidest way you can possibly generate income! We also received $500 bonuses for simply meeting milestones – doing our jobs….it boosted morale a LOT though. I didn’t know better at the time, I don’t know a lot of young adults that do. Sometimes, you get stuck in a rut. Many earn $110K and that’s on salary. I was a software engineer, now a manager. I retired when my 1st child is growing up and I felt I have no choice but to give her priority. I made some income from blogging. Don’t forget to check out the comments to see more diverse views. Amy, I know how you feel. ”. The politics create a huge gap between engineering and management, and the only growth in our field is in Program Management, and that seems to be an occupation focused on outsourcing all these EE, CE, and ME jobs. I know many people who are quite happy with their job. You should leave then, and not waiting for things to go wrong. In my estimation it should be double that for both levels. I was too laid back and I hated telling people what to do. In contrast, PAs don’t have to worry about that. Typically I will stick around through my second year without a pay increase, then update the resume, take a 15-20% increase with the new employer and then give my goodbyes. Don’t ask anything from them in any way, such as working from home (for example), which many people make the mistake of doing. That made him ineligible for the year-end bonus because you have to be on the payroll through December 31. competition between companies are increasing so everyone trying to reduce the fee to get the job and that gave high pressure to finish complicated tasks in very short period and sometime clients even don’t pay for it because their financial situation changed . Save as much money as you can now. I’ve thought of shifting to other courses which really is my passion, but never even made a move to do it. The pay and recognition was great! She called my parents and talked to them. I am so excited about the future without engineering! Most importantly – even with all the things that I’m doing as a “slash”, I’m STILL working less hours than I did as a technical lead, and I’m much happier and healthier. Your future as an engineer seems boundless in the sense that you don’t see the endpoint to your learning – you just want to get better at your job and reach some sort of summit. You don’t have to be an engineer for 40 years. But if I am not well and fall sick, I can’t ask just about anyone (or self medicate) to prescribe me a pill or take medicine (Sometimes even the medicine on goggle isnt listed correctly because a doc will prescribe you meds very specific to your case history and biochemical levels and condition ). I am bored and lost complete interest in engineering. A structural engineer analyzes and designs structures in such a way that those structures will withstand applied loads (both forces of nature and loads due to the use of the structure), yet be economical to build. In His perfect timing. Good luck! I had planned on 44, but reading your blog has got me thinking more aggressively. OTHER ENGINEERING ELECTIVE COURSES (13-15 UNITS) Students must take at least 68 units of engineering science and design courses (Engineering … And like RetireBy40 is saying, I probably would’ve spent all my money trying to make myself happier. I know that probably makes me sound like an anti-engineer but that’s the situation I’m in now. I’m right there with you. After a couple of years you have gotten better at what you do, and you are asked to “manage” as well as execute. As the name implies, structural engineers are responsible for the structural integrity of a building. I am still behind because the 40% drop in home value is many years of stressful paychecks evaporated However knowing that I am rightside-up and most Americans are not gives me some encouragement. After that for two years in G.E taking up Qualifying Exam where you gonna chose what major you’re taking up and if you’re qualified enough for that particular field. So I went to the main Taiwan supplier I had used while I was at HP and became their local FAE to HP, which was kind of bad because now I became the dog they liked to kick. Joe, sorry to hear about the outsourcing at your job. just sharing my ideas.. God Bless Brother ? I’m in contact with the previous boss before that and can get the recommendation letter from him if needed. Had a hard time getting a job with no experience so had to go overseas for cheap but rigorous engineering labor. Most companies hire H-1B foreign visa workers in place of USA citizens to save costs. See if you’re really near the bottom. They all got forced to retire or got fired. You can always go back to work in a corporation if needed. Younger engineers that grow in experience that are paid less are the more attractive outlay for any organisation. I’ve been in engineering for 32 years since age 20. @FGA – Interesting, yet odd. Are you looking or will you stay where you are for now? They simply eliminated his “position”, and he was not allowed to interview for a job elsewhere in the company because of “policy”. Over 12 years of working in a governmental organization, I as asked to apply for positions. In any “metric-driven’ company like ours they lead to the Controller. 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