Electrical engineers can earn as little as $60,000 or as much as $142,000. Let's say that you work at a company that produces deaerators. My lab is a little laid back as long as all the work is getting done. I also do a lot of PLC programming. It takes grit, it takes sticking to it when every bit of your being is screaming at you that you're tired and you're cranky and you just don't see the point. Simple idea that I had on my way back home. Originally posted by /u/Zorbick (Aerospace/Automotive - Body/Integration): 7:30A: Get to office. I actually do designs and I'm responsible for a lot of work and a lot of big projects. Cry over the amount of separation. 2:00pm - Finally get to write some code/be productive at your own desk, 4:00pm - Someone in the team area got an RC helicopter. . I thought engineers actually designed new devices and tools, instead of rehashing old designs and making minute changes. 3:30 PM - gym Get coffee, drink coffee while checking emails and making sure my toodledo (a to do list app), assignment tracker (same thing but in excel), hours worked and project plan schedules all match in case the boss decides to check and grill me on any inaccuracies. There is a huge difference between being an office monkey that makes token contributions to their employer, and an innovator who is tasked with challenges that require extensive design and prototyping. On a regular day we plan routes through survey information, work on standardizing design, deal with contractors, run system safety studies, and much much more. I do geotech work quite a bit for my state's DOT. I also shied away from being a CAD monkey or Intel drone (not that there aren't significant benefits to that lifestyle) in favor of startups and fast-paced consulting, which is how I ended up here. Software engineer here: But you are responsible for handling any situation that could ever occur within the plant. Answer a few emails. Browse reddit. Meetings, approve designs and changes. Pick an engineer from the list of volunteers below and send him or her a PM indicating that you would like to conduct an interview: and join one of thousands of communities. Referee the fight and then supervise the cleaning of the milk spill. Jump back into the calculations or whatever. Excludes “Computer Hardware Engineers” (17-2061). Check finances and invoicing. Lunch. I'm that lucky engineer that spends 50-90% of the day in meetings and on phone calls, the other 10-50% is spent writing specs. Bootstrap it in your spare time. I'm an electrical engineer and work in the electric power sector. I got out and took a leak on a sage bush, looked at a deer looking at me, and got ready to go to work. So I figure the drop sitting still is sort of a flattened sphere. Mostly residential stuff, but occasionally get into some sweet commercial structures, car showrooms and stuff. No engineer does that. I don't like going to Reddit period, but I have few resources to consult on industry life. Spec Storytelling (Podcast) - F1 2005 - Panasonic Toyota Racing's Car Entry: The TF105/105B, Gen 2 Volt Transmission Operating Modes Explained. Congrats on almost making it through mse undergrad. Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. No self-promotion or blogspam. Start taking on side work as soon as you can. Gym or be lazy and no gym. Tell your manager you feel like you're context switching too frequently and need some time dedicated to code. Wake up at 6, go for morning swim, make breakfast and go back to bed, wake up at 10:30, consider going to class, go back to bed, wake up at 12, make it to 12:30 class, done by 3:30, work on thesis design, go to the gym, make dinner, go out drinking, go to bed. Not do glorified data entry work 90 percent of the time like I saw most engineers doing at my internship with Lockheed. Meeting. [–][deleted] 2 points3 points4 points 6 years ago (3 children). Just wanted to chime in, the I95 corridor is alive and well near Boston, especially in terms of startups. Not what you expected, right? I am a high school senior and engineering is a field I am pretty interested in (mostly civil, aerospace, and chemical). In the corporate world, we get to hear about how our Christmas bonus is not going to happen this year because we didn't hit our profit goals, yada yada, but the partners go buy new cars. 11-11:30 Lunch. Make some parts and whatnot in Autodesk Inventor or do some layout drawings in AutoCAD. Any given week I'll attend 2 other "kick-off" meetings about various projects, and a power-hour, which is a lecture on some relevant topic that the entire company is invited to attend. I'm not going to insult a lifestyle, but it just doesn't fit me. Maybe some storm drain was jammed in there instead. Ask them if they see a way to fix things, since they are obviously way more knowledgeable about the design environment than you. I'll also take this time to plug r/powerengineering. 4:30 leave. Kinda the whole purpose I'm going into the degree. I will expand on my field (Environmental/Groundwater Remediation) in the comments. Yeah, I think OP might be thinking about a job that has 'engineer' in the title, but is really just a hands on technical specialist. If it's Monday, I'll attend a team meeting about what we did last week and what we'll do this week. Do you have a firm of your own or did a company allow this? Head back home, sitting in traffic and grind my teeth, wishing I was allowed to work from home once in a while. Maybe some more shop walks or shooting the shit with coworkers thrown in there if I'm feeling bored. They usually have a lot more freedom to "dream big", but it definitely comes with its share of negatives. I did redlines for municipal utilities for a bit. Do time studies for a couple hours. I was aware I'd be relying on a small sample group to base my opinions on, and I'm probably shaken more than I should be. The sample size here just isn't big enough to be drawing conclusions about your future. Join the rest of your team in attempting to shoot it out of the sky with nerf guns. Search for mystery person who keeps watching us leave and complaining about our hours to the boss. 9:15am - pet one of many dogs in team area. Most the municipalities weren't that uptight, but they all had their quirks. Spend rest of day not getting much work done because everyone else in the room is pissed off about being told they don't work enough hours when they get there at 6 and skip lunch. Back to desk. 7:00 AM - snack time (oatmeal or fruit at my desk is crucial Dinner time. for ~2 years now and it can definitely be fascinating at times, especially when you get weird results and you have to try and figure out why. I’m on straight salary, so it doesn’t cost my company anything. We are embarking on designing the next major PLM system (CAD,PDM and ERP systems). I’m good for the wait. Back to desk. The video perfectly and hilariously depicts the busy life of an engineering student. 2 points3 points4 points 6 years ago (3 children). Electrical controls engineer in the industrial automation/controls field. I get to do something different every day. There are a few that kinda matched my perception of the industry, but the constant meetings and bureaucracy. The job requires you to be able to think on your feet, to have excellent troubleshooting skills, to know every nook and cranny of the plant you work at, every noise that every pump makes, etc. This is a 6-12 month contract. You're going to be in a cubicle. It really doesn't sound like you're an adult yet, let alone deeply enmeshed in "that industry," so I don't think you're in a very good position to judge. More drawings. More data. I get retasked about every 2 months I noticed, [–]Tard_FarmerMechanical 2 points3 points4 points 6 years ago (0 children). The weight is a function of volume; if that was a sphere it would be a function of the cube of the diameter. Because they tend to not be at their desks. By this point there are usually enough people talking right beside my desk that I need to put earphones in and listen to music so I can focus. Even though it’s all electrical work, I only see my office in the morning. Right now I'm getting to learn how to do slope stability analyses on dams. One of our top guys recently made a $120,000 screw up that we had to pay for (one line in an equipment schedule meant a truck load of roof top units delivered with 460V electrical when it should have been 208V). I am responsible for engineering a key component in the Hyperloop One propulsion system. That could be administrative paperwork, reports, lab work, covering a field job, babysitting drillers, meetings, bids, plan reviews, equipment calibrations, training, field engineering, getting cussed at by a client or contractor, cussing at a client or contractor etc. Ugh. The mistakes are what scare me. Review client markups. and the tech hasnt any electrical qualifications at … I swap it with the latest filled notebook, and turn the page on the old notebook for fresh page. You will make over 160 per year. Drive 2 mins to work. There aren't just 6 fields anymore :), [–]Dawestruction 0 points1 point2 points 6 years ago (1 child). Right now are back to school specials, you can probably get some college ruled notebooks for .17 or .25, go be a big spender and waste 5$ to try my organizational method. Is what I'm being told accurate? The last 10 miles is on one lane dirt road cut into the side of a mountain. It was this same reason that I had finally had enough and so when the opportunity was right, I packed my bags and never looked back. This has been my life for the last month. This sounds like something I've done at my co-op (visiting a site at the top of a mountain). Have a fag on the front porch and read a book. What did you think engineers in industry do? If I'm lucky I'll be working on a private project, which offer more freedom and a client that cares about whether or not the design I've drafted up works. Finish work at 5, wonder if its worth going for a surf before it gets dark, sometimes do, otherwise make shit in the garage and piss off the neighbours with power tools and welding etc. After 8.5 hours, I check to make sure all my time has been accounted for, save everything and shut down my computer. [–]dangersandwichStress Engineer (Aerospace/Defense) 0 points1 point2 points 6 years ago (0 children). It's one of the best reasons to have an assistant, I think. Get name of engineer's part. [–][deleted] 7 points8 points9 points 6 years ago (22 children). Which is pretty cool. NOTE: Asking for help on homework will result in an instant ban. More Xbox or TV or whatev. Maybe I'm wrong, I'll certainly never know. [–]zeteticwolf 1 point2 points3 points 6 years ago (0 children). Spend most of the day on the computer, designing, drawing on autocad, reddit etc. After a drop would get big enough it would roll down the windshield, picking up other drops as it went, going faster and faster. Thanks for the insight! See more ideas about engineering humor, jokes, humor. [–]goodnewsjimdotcomsoftware :) 6 points7 points8 points 6 years ago (0 children). I start off my checking and responding to e-mails and reading the news (and Reddit) while drinking coffee. Check email. Data. Lunch. This is a great parody produced by the electrical and computer engineering student society from the University of British Columbia. Attempt to do any process projects like oven temperature optimizing, primer and sealer thickness optimizing, etc. Next I will load samples prepared by a focused ion beam into the microscope; these samples having dimensions of approximately 20um x 8um x 60nm. I will forewarn you though: you will make mistakes. Go to work. Wait for the inevitable email rescheduling this meeting again. An engineering degree is never a waste. comes in in the morning turns the gens on and hangs out for the day. [–]emptyday77 5 points6 points7 points 6 years ago (0 children). Repeatedly assure the floor employees that these time studies will not be used to evaluate their performance and are simply so we can get more information to make their jobs easier. Get really into the structural steel detailing, occasionally get compliments from the steel shop drawers saying its good to see a proper set of plans for once. I check my emails and read the news. [–]thingswithwings80 0 points1 point2 points 6 years ago (0 children), Not a 'typical' engineer. Anybody who has found a fun or interesting job in a rural place please respond. Many engineering professions are office jobs where you're working design, QA/QC, process improvement, build out, CAD, etc. The problem I have is that industry is saturated with mediocrity and rehashing. Here is a list of tasks that Computer Hardware Engineers do every day. Prioritise the undone sections of the list. r/engineering is a forum for engineering professionals to share information, knowledge, experience related to the principles & practices of all types of engineering: civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, chemical, computer, environmental, etc. Edit: By the way you never told us about your day! Avoiding the sun, talking with soldiers, and occasionally calling back to the US to get guidance on a particular problem. Is it like this 365 days a year? I've been involved in maintenance at power plants as a contractor (Field Engineer) and generally what you are saying appears to be true. Since we support not only current production, but also the future systems / products, my days are very irregular. "New" is such a relative term, and actually cheapens innovation. [–]ObeeeeeCivil-Transportation 4 points5 points6 points 6 years ago (1 child). A typical day for an Electrical Engineer will also include: Operate computer-assisted engineering or design software or equipment to perform engineering tasks. Specifically, today I spent most of my night analyzing oven temperature curve charts and making changes to try and keep our electric deposition paint from getting defects. More Autocad. Here's a day in the life as an entrepreneur : Skim through pubmed to start the day, reach out to contacts for updates and to return favors, talk to surgeons like they're infants so as not to upset their delicate ego, work with group to address the input from the surgeon ("that one looks too big on fluro." At some point, the boss will come by and complain that "someone outside our department" has been complaining about how late we get there and how early we leave. I'm still going to put in the effort because I love the field. 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