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2.8: Student Supplemental Resources

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    Engineering Job Opportunities from the Internet August 2007

    Each of the following engineering job opportunities was posted on the Internet in August 2007.

    Job Description 1

    Engineer, Manufacturing


    • Develops, implements and maintains methods, operation sequence and processes in the manufacture or fabrication of parts, components, subassemblies and final assemblies.
    • Interfaces with design engineering in coordinating the release of new products.
    • Estimates manufacturing cost, determines time standards and makes recommendations for tooling and process requirements of new or existing product lines.
    • Maintains records and reporting systems for coordination of manufacturing operations.


    • Uses a logical, systematic approach to solving problems through analysis and evaluation of alternate solutions.
    • Acts in a professional manner even when dealing with time demands and/or interpersonal conflict.
    • Maintains a flexible approach toward task scheduling.
    • Demonstrates strong communication skills by clearly documenting activities and presenting information, technical content and ideas through spoken and written words; listens well.
    • Follows through on tasks to completion.
    • Defines and prioritizes realistic, specific goals; able to complete scheduled tasks in the face of changing priorities.


    • BS in Engineering plus related experience; two years for Eng; four years for Sr. Eng.
    • Sound knowledge of manufacturing techniques and process control.
    • Familiarity with the process of integrating technical designs into a production environment.
    • LEAN Six Sigma implementation experience.
    • Experience in managing complex, high profile projects.
    • Knowledge of SAP applications is a plus.

    Job Description 2

    Media R&D Engineer (Electronics Industry)


    • Technical position specializing in large format printing & LF Media development and testing. This person will be responsible for R&D deliverables during the New Product development process and also be in charge of the Large Format Image Permanence Activity.
    • New Product Development is driven by cross-functional teams and requires the ability to work cooperatively and coordinate activities across the organization. This position will interact often with marketing, sales, manufacturing, Printer development teams, strategic manufacturing sites, and customers, as well as other internal personnel in conducting product and application training.
    • Max. 25% travel.



    • A self-motivated, success oriented, and the will to deliver against goals.
    • Strong team interaction ability
    • Strong technical skills
    • Familiarity or Experience in one or more of the following areas:
      • Product Development
      • Program Management
      • Imaging and Printing
      • Image Permanence (Fade and Durability Testing)
      • Imaging materials manufacturing and testing
    • BS degree in an Engineering discipline.
    • Large Format printing experience - large format printing, graphic production processes, applications testing and materials selection.
    • Demonstrated test development, specification establishment and troubleshooting experience.
    • Intermediate computer/digital workflow skills
    • Good communication skills
    • Good organizational skills
    • Multi-task ability
    • Self-directed
    • High energy
    • Teamwork ability a must

    Strongly Desired:

    • Ability to operate large format printers is desired. Ability to develop application relevant test methods and make recommendations for improvements is a plus.
    • Demonstrated ability to work well across cultural boundaries as well as multiple geographical sites and time-zones.

    Job Description 3

    Eyewear Test and Development Engineer


    • Interface with Designers, Research Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers and Quality in testing raw materials, prototypes and pre-production samples for manufacturing process implementation and production hand-off.
    • Define, track and execute testing deliverables to ensure timely test results based on product timelines.
    • Support the field-testing program which provides detailed, meaningful feedback from real-world testing.
    • Be able to identify and troubleshoot processes of experimentation, redesign experiments accordingly, and design valid experiments to ensure ‘killer’ data.
    • Identify and solve problems found through materials, product and process testing.
    • Research on materials and material specifications, process technology, concepts, and new testing equipment and methods.
    • Support the research, testing and implementation of manufacturing processes and parameters with appropriate work instructions and documentation.
    • Identify critical process variables and parameters to develop and design experiments accordingly.
    • Work in R&D lab on designing and/or implementing tests on mechanical and physical properties as well as performance properties on all related raw materials. Raw materials include: polymers, coatings and metal alloys.
    • Document all testing, results, and other information pertinent to product development.
    • Responsible for Design of Experiment (DOE)
    • Collect data.
    • Set-up test methods.
    • Take ownership and manage project from beginning to end under the direction of the R&D manager.
    • Responsible for full product testing.


    • Degree in technical field (i.e. mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry, polymer/materials science) and 3–5 years of related work experience OR 6–10 years related work experience with formal technical training/certification.
    • Strong communication skills with the ability to initiate, establish, and maintain positive relationships with internal and external customers.
    • Experience in researching, developing and manufacturing plastics, coatings, and metal alloys.
    • Experience in injection molding plastics.
    • Experience with forming, casting, injecting, coating and testing metal alloys.
    • Experience in mechanical and physical testing procedures to apply results to final decision making.
    • Experience in executing field-testing during product development for ‘real world’ feedback.
    • Requires minimal direction in executing test, experiments, test parameters, and collection of data and research.
    • Detail oriented, strong organization skills, time management (timelines), and deadline driven.
    • Clean, accurate, precise work and documentation.
    • Self-starter, motivated and proactive.
    • Natural inclination to think outside the box.
    • Knowledge of statistics, mathematics, physics, and critical thinking skills.

    Major Engineering Societies

    Major Engineering Societies
    Society Society Information

    Aerospace Engineering:

    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

    AIAA is a leading advocate for aerospace among government decision-makers—and a trusted information resource for the media on all subjects relating to aerospace technology. Since 1972, AIAA has contributed extensive technical expertise and policy guidance to Congress and the Executive Branch. We testify before the House and Senate on the full spectrum of aerospace issues.

    Agricultural Engineering:

    American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)

    ASABE is an educational and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. Agricultural, food, and biological engineers develop efficient and environmentally sensitive methods of producing food, fiber, timber, and renewable energy sources for an ever-increasing world population.

    Architectural Engineering:

    Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI, part of ASCE)

    AEI is the home for all professionals in the building industry. They provide a multidisciplinary national forum for members of but not limited to the architectural engineering, structural, mechanical, electrical, and architectural communities. Recognizing the necessity for a place to examine issues and exchange views and information with one another. AEI works to facilitate the crucial communication among members of the building team, both on a technical basis and in the professional arena.

    Automotive Engineering:

    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

    SAE was founded for the purpose of advancing mobility on land, sea, air, and space. Many years ago, SAE noticed that graduating engineers were well versed in textbook knowledge and engineering theory. Surprisingly, however, college engineering curricula provided no ways for students to gain practical experience with manufacturing and production of their designs. Since this type of experience is vital for success on the job, SAE began to organize and sponsor competitions which emphasize a hands-on approach to the engineering.

    Biomedical Engineering:

    Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

    In response to a manifest need to provide a society that gave equal status to representatives of both biomedical and engineering interests, BMES was incorporated in Illinois on February 1, 1968. The purpose of the Society is to promote the increase of biomedical engineering knowledge and its utilization.

    Chemical Engineering:

    American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

    AIChE is a nonprofit professional association that provides leadership in advancing the chemical engineering profession. Through its many programs and services, AIChE helps its members access and apply the latest and most accurate technical information; offers concise, targeted award-winning technical publications; conducts annual conferences to promote information sharing and the advancement of the field; provides opportunities for its members to gain leadership experience and network with their peers in industry, academia, and government; and offers members attractive and affordable insurance programs.

    Civil Engineering:

    American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

    Today’s civil engineer uses every advantage to meet the demands of their profession. That is why ASCE pioneers new programs, policies, educational activities, and professional resources to help them successfully compete in their business. That is why today’s civil engineer has a home at ASCE.

    Computer Engineering:

    IEEE Computer Society

    The IEEE Computer Society's vision is to be the leading provider of technical information, community services, and personalized services to the world’s computing professionals. The Society is dedicated to advancing the theory, practice, and application of computer and information processing technology.

    Electrical Engineering:

    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

    Through its global membership, the IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power, and consumer electronics among others. Members rely on the IEEE as a source of technical and professional information, resources, and services. To foster an interest in the engineering profession, the IEEE also serves student members in colleges and universities around the world.

    Environmental Engineering:

    American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE)

    AAEE is dedicated to excellence in the practice of environmental engineering to ensure the public health, safety, and welfare to enable humans to coexist in harmony with nature.

    Geological Engineering:

    Geological Society of American, Engineering Geology Division

    The Engineering Geology Division promotes education, research, outreach, and application of engineering geologic knowledge toward betterment of human society by adopting sound design of buildings, structures, and facilities that assure public safety and a healthy environment.

    Industrial Engineering:

    Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)

    IIE is the world’s largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. IIE is an international, nonprofit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research, and development of industrial engineering. IIE’s primary mission is to meet the ever-changing needs of industrial engineers, which includes undergraduate and graduate students, engineering practitioners and consultants in all industries, engineering managers, and engineers in education, research, and government.

    Marine Engineering:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)

    SNAME is an internationally recognized nonprofit, technical, professional society of individual members serving the maritime and offshore industries and their suppliers. SNAME is dedicated to advancing the art, science, and practice of naval architecture, shipbuilding, and marine engineering, encouraging the exchange and recording of information, sponsoring applied research, offering career guidance and supporting education, and enhancing the professional status and integrity of its membership.

    Mechanical Engineering:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

    Today’s ASME promotes the art, science and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe. ASME codes and standards strive to be the world leader in mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering codes, standards, conformity assessment programs, and related products and services.

    Mining Engineering:

    American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME)

    The goal of AIME today is to advance the knowledge of engineering and the arts and sciences involved in the production and use of minerals, metals, materials, and energy resources, while disseminating significant developments in these areas of technology.

    Nuclear Engineering:

    American Nuclear Society (ANS)

    ANS is a not-for-profit, international, scientific and educational organization. The core purpose of ANS is to promote the awareness and understanding of the application of nuclear science and technology.

    Petroleum Engineering:

    Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)

    The mission of SPE is to collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources, and related technologies for the public benefit; and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence. The vision is to be a society of professional excellence, providing its members the highest quality lifelong learning, and continuous personal and professional growth.

    Systems Engineering:

    International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)

    INCOSE is a not-for-profit membership organization.. Its mission is to advance the state-of-the-art and practice of systems engineering in industry, academia, and government by promoting interdisciplinary, scaleable approaches to produce technologically appropriate solutions that meet societal needs.

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