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    1. Carole Goldsmith

      Carole Goldsmith New Member

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      Hello, I have joined as I write on manufacturing and engineering in a wide range of industries plus health and biotech so always interested in learning about new engineering processes.
      I always wanted to be an engineer but maths is not my strong skill so I became a scientist and worked in biological and vet science in Germany and across Australia.

      Currently reporting in Osaka Japan and based in Melbourne Australia and Rockhampton Queensland.

      cheers

      Carole Goldsmith
       
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    3. Carole Goldsmith

      Carole Goldsmith New Member

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      Hello, I have joined as I write on manufacturing and engineering in a wide range of industries plus health and biotech so always interested in learning about new engineering processes.
      I always wanted to be an engineer but maths is not my strong skill so I became a scientist and worked in biological and vet science in Germany and across Australia.

      Currently reporting in Osaka Japan and based in Melbourne Australia and Rockhampton Queensland.

      cheers

      Carole Goldsmith
       
    4. danielon8669

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      Hi, my name is Daniel from the UK, nice to meet you guys. i am currently doing a project and i believe this forum will be off great help to me
       
    5. danielon8669

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      Hi, my name is Daniel from the UK, nice to meet you guys. i am currently doing a project and i believe this forum will be off great help to me
       
    6. Worth

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      Hi my name is Worth, i am from England
      i believe this forum will help me with my project. please feel free to help me.
       
    7. Roderick Whitfield

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      I am Roderick Whitfield living in the Southern Gulf Coast area of the U.S. and I am a Design Engineer
      interested in designing everything from products to buildings particularly towards a green way of
      designing as much as possible, although I realize sometimes the design limits and constraints
      are sometimes unavoidable. Thanks Gareth for accepting me however I was in the past a member
      of the Mechanical Design Forum and you I invited to join me at the time on facebook.com and linkedin.com as a member of my Support Group: "International Society Of Product Design Engineers/
      Entrepreneurs".
       
    8. nishagg

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      Popped in to say hello..I am a Mechanical Design Engineer and looking forward to learning from the discussions taking place...

      DESIGN!
      You are probably doing detailed mechanical design and/or analysis. That’s pretty different from what we doat a firm like frog. Focus on the design work and get some experience under your belt that is more user-oriented. Try to get involved in aspects of your current company’s work that affect user experience. Features like handles, buttons – things people touch and/or see. Designing parts that are aesthetic and that involve complex surfacing in CAD like housings and shrouds is also significant. Put these in your portfolio.

      BE WILLING TO MOVE LATERALLY
      You may need to take an intermediary job that has you designing things that people interact with, for example at a consumer electronics or medical company, before getting hired into the design world. . This work will help you learn the special considerations that an engineer must master in order to design things for people as opposed to machines.

      CAD, CAD, CAD … AND DID I MENTION, CAD?
      Get good at building in multiple CAD packages. For engineers, Solidworks, and Pro Engineer are a must. We look for things like advanced surfacing, including how to build and tweak curvature continuous surfaces. Also, try to learn at least one rendering package (like Hypershot or V-Ray). Learning how to render will give you a leg-up on most engineers who don’t learn this skill and learning isn’t that hard.
      MAKE IT PERSONAL
      Design a personal project in your spare time, like a piece of furniture, a gadget, or tool. Try to solve a real problem and to design something with an eye to both form and function. Figure out how to get a prototype manufactured on a site like MFG.com. If you need extra motivation after a long day of work, print this out and stick it on your wall.

      MEET PEOPLE

      Go to design events wherever you live and rub elbows. The odds of a job coming from a friend or a friend of a friend are much higher than applying blindly. Also, get on design boards like Core77’s and follow people on Coroflot who you think are interesting. Design is a small world and the more people you meet, the better.

      TAKE ONE STEP BACK, TO TAKE TWO STEPS FORWARD.
      This next one is going to be rough, so I apologize in advance. Be prepared to take a job at a lower level (and pay) than you’d like. A CEO once told me, don’t think too much about how much you’ll be making at the next job, think about where you want to be in 3-5 years. You may even need to take a (paid or unpaid) internship. Even at a full time position, most MEs take a small pay cut when they move into design. It is the tradeoff one makes for loving one’s job.

      MOVE
      Like many career decisions, you have to follow the work. If you are living in Omaha, you may not have the number of opportunities as you will in a place like San Francisco or Seattle. Being immersed in a design community is key.

      Good luck.
       
    9. memorino

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      I'm a mechanical engineer, who is in love with green energy and ibrid/electric cars. What should be a good "hobby" for my future job? I'm using MATLAB SOLIDWORKS and a little of Ansys, what else?
       
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    11. Erich

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      Learn how to weld and run machine tools, ie lathe and mill.
       

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