I have been asked by many engineering professionals, especially engineering students and younger engineers, “Is it more beneficial to my career development to work in a small or large engineering company?” This is an excellent question, but unfortunately one that doesn’t have a straightforward answer because it really depends on so many different things. First and foremost it will depend on your career goals and which situation will put you in the best position to achieve them. It also…Continue
I had the opportunity recently to give my Engineer Your Own Success seminar to the engineering students at Clemson University. While I was there, I sat down with a few of the graduate students to discuss their current work and their engineering career plans. One of the students that I met, Jeff Plumblee, told me about an amazing project that he happened to fall into, which now consumes most of his time. Jeff oversees Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries (CEDC). CEDC consists of…Continue
Added by Anthony Fasano on October 29, 2011 at 7:57am — No Comments
CaptiveAire, Raleigh, North Carolina, the leading manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation systems, uses stud welding to attach fasteners to its ventilation systems without penetrating walls in order to eliminate the possibility of leakage or any area for bacteria of impurities to build up. The previous manual process for stud welding of commercial kitchen ventilation systems was labor intensive and made it difficult to maintain the vertical position of the studs. CaptiveAire…Continue
Added by Steve Glad on October 27, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments
Do you frequently work with wood, metal or plastics in your workshop, and need to cut blocks or sheets of these materials down to predefined sizes? Then investing in high quality CNC routers is bound to help you a great deal. These routers make slicing through thick sheets of wood, metal, plastic, and many other tough materials an absolute breeze. Besides, if you purchase one of sufficiently high quality, the machine is bound to last for years, giving you excellent value for your…Continue
Added by Steve Glad on October 26, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments
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A little while ago I met with Arena CTO Eric Larkin to discuss the minimum viable product design model and tips for implementing it into your product design process. (Full recap of the subject matter here.)
I've been thinking about it since then, and wondered if this is a model that could work for hardware designers, as it has been really effective for us (a software…Continue
Industrial tradeshows are necessary evils. People who don’t travel seem to think they’re comprised of an endless array of fantastic locales, amazing meals and endless partying. The reality is more about sore feet and legs, unhealthy convention center food, excessively long customer dinners, and that dreaded phrase, booth duty.
Tradeshows can be an effective way to make contacts, learn about new trends and help your company’s sales. Engineers who are forced to staff a booth are…
The question of whether the “the Internet is making us stupid” has been raised countless times. But rarely has it been done so with more insight than in Nicholas Carr’s recent book, What the Internet is Doing to our Brains. Carr gives a fascinating rundown about the history of human communication, and even discusses how people back in the day thought inventions like the printing press were going to be the death knell for human intelligence.
With hindsight, we see that…Continue
I'm an engineering journalist. I was wondering what you guys thought of this interview, I did with an engineer who then did an MBA.
For product-based companies, a bill of materials (BOM) is the best place to maintain product data, and create a record of truth that all key players can access when designing, manufacturing and even marketing the product.
Your BOM is what ensures all teams have a clear picture of what the product is, how it will be built and what it will cost, so its really important to build a…Continue
The set breaks new ground in many ways and provides for multiple ways to reveal guests, bands, or special sets. A series of mechanized devices supports numerous stage configurations, provides great flexibility, and exhibits a striking appearance. According to Mark Ewing, CSSI head of automation, the trailblazing set…Continue
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I will be one of the many attending Solar Power International in Dallas, Texas next week. I hear it's been in the 90s, so along shorts I'll also keep these solar facts in mind as I'm getting ready for the big conference.
The U.S. solar industry is actually booming,…Continue
Added by Kathie Zipp on October 10, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments
Everyone's favorite topic - documentation! I am a big believer in doing something right the first time, and documentation - while being a huge pain in the ass - makes sure things are done right the first time, and tracked.
I think its important for all engineers to document what they're doing, but someone at work suggested recently that it's even more…Continue
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