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Old 10-05-2008, 03:29 PM   #53
jhargis
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Interesting field of study. Aside from creating sport compact car modifications, what sort of career might you make of this? You could work for NASA, but government jobs in the scientific arena don't seem to pay well. I'm just curious what motivated you in that direction...
I went through the first couple years of a computer science degree and decided working in a cubicle was not going to be for me. Needed tuition money so I got myself an inspection job. I really got caught up in the idea of manufacturing quality control and changed my major accordingly. The degree in Metrology is mainly aimed at calibration lab work, which can be reasonably lucrative, and lots of companies look for people with good metrological knowledge for R&D work and quality engineering. I am currently a quality manager, but I'm often pulled off to work with our engineering dept. for prototyping and testing, mainly on the tooling side of things.

I'm getting a bit tired of corporate limitations these days though... Cost has become such a factor, and in many industries engineers have their hands tied by the bean counters, often backed by an army of VPs that have no clue how their products are put together and therefore have little ability to manage the business. So I'm trying to get my own operation off the ground now (Nighthawk Automotive Engineering).

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