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#1 tarheel

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 11:45 PM

Engine design. A lot in the way of integration into various customers as well as quality/manufacturability/working with component suppliers/etc.

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 12:11 AM

Forensic Engineer. I take stuff apart to see why it failed (causing a fire or a water loss). Then I write a report saying whether it was a manufacturer's defect, installation error, or user abuse. Insurance companies then use the report to try to collect money (subrogate) from manufacturers/installers to offset the payment they make to the insured. Sometimes I have to go on fire scene investigations, and there is potential for testifying in court.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 02:30 PM

Aviation fueling. Design of fueling systems for commercial and military aviation facilities.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 02:30 PM

The 'E' part in MEP Consultant

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 02:48 PM

reservoir/aquifer/resource studies/simulation

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 02:57 PM

Energy Engineer/Energy efficiency and conservation programs/ IRP

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 03:42 PM


Design and Draw up plans for something that will not be built according to those plans

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 03:49 PM

QUOTE (picusld @ May 17 2011, 11:42 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Design and Draw up plans for something that will not be built according to those plans


So you write the assembly instructions for Ikea furniture? huh.gif

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:16 PM

Project Manager/Designer and sometimes Engineer (small scale structural work). I'm not licensed in the state I live/work in, so I'm very careful about titles.

I'd say my work is 20% drafting (we have no dedicated drafters, just a designer and 2 engineers that know AutoCAD), 70% design, 5% project management, and 5% "whatever". Even when I do drafting, I'm usually exercising engineering judgement to a degree - it's usually left up to me to design connections etc, at least for the first draft.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:33 PM

I'm the "somebody else" in "that's somebody else's job".

My official title is Senior HVAC Engineer, although I haven't actually performed any detailed engineering work in close to 6 months.

My unofficial titles are:
Project Manager (here, do my job, and send it back to me to send to everyone else, thanks!)
Market Researcher (hey, give me a list of every company within 250 miles with 15MM in revenue and 1500+ employees, thanks!)
IT Systems Administrator (hey, Jim's phone won't work, the conf. rm internet won't work, I need a thingy to plug my stick thingys in, and my computer won't boot up, thanks!)
Web Designer (hey, we need to redesign our website to reflect a new division that will constitue 45% of our total revenues next year, can you do this by tomorrow? thanks!)
Maintenance Technician (hey, I need this whiteboard hung, and can you look over this punch list of things that are supposed to be completed, thanks!)
Forklift (hey, can you take this box downstairs, thanks!).

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:33 PM

I do site/civil, land development, public works, infrastructure rehab, etc. and everything that entails. We're a small firm, so I pretty much do my own drafting, research, reports, and that sorta stuff.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:44 PM

Mechanical Consultant, we are a small firm specializing in Heavy Industry, mainly my work is in piping systems, but Industrial throws a bit of everything at you (HVAC/Mech Design) and we also have a lot of maritime (dock work) and permitting work.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:58 PM

I shoot the breeze at EB.com
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Posted 17 May 2011 - 05:01 PM

Right now, Structural Engineer (Concrete, Timber and Steel Buildings ). But I have varied expereince Bridge Engineering (Steel, Timber and Composite ), Civil/Municipal Engineering, Wastewater Engineering. and Transportation engineering in several past employers.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 05:10 PM

QUOTE (roadwreck @ May 17 2011, 12:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I shoot the breeze at EB.com


This, with a bit of structural engineering mixed in from time to time.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 05:29 PM

Glorified babysitter. Well, maybe not glorified.

That, and I'm currently involved in all the welding engineering functions for domestic new nuclear construction, e.g. writing welding procedures, reviewing specs, developing process parameters, installation planning for piping systems, steam turbines, structural modules, etc. Occasionally, I get to do some fun stuff, like play with robots, lasers, and equipment R&D. Most of my time is spent going back to the designer and asking "what the hell were you thinking?"

#17 The Bobs

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 05:40 PM

You see, what we're actually trying to do here is, we're trying to get a feel for how people spend their day at work... so, if you would, would you walk us through a typical day, for you?


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Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:08 PM

Well, I generally come in at least fifteen minutes late, ah, I use the side door - that way Lumbergh can't see me, heh heh - and, uh, after that I just sorta space out for about an hour.


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Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:13 PM

Da...uh? Space out?

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:20 PM

Civil/Structural construction management. Currently working on a light-rail expansion project in Denver.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:21 PM

QUOTE (The Bobs @ May 17 2011, 06:13 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Da...uh? Space out?


Yeah, I just stare at my desk; but it looks like I'm working. I do that for probably another hour after lunch, too. I'd say in a given week I probably only do about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work.


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Posted 17 May 2011 - 08:21 PM

QUOTE (Dexman PE @ May 17 2011, 12:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Civil/Structural construction management. Currently working on a light-rail expansion project in Denver.

Will you hurry up and get the section from Glenwood Springs to DIA done? Kai, thnx, bye.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 08:32 PM

QUOTE (FLBuff PE @ May 17 2011, 02:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Dexman PE @ May 17 2011, 12:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Civil/Structural construction management. Currently working on a light-rail expansion project in Denver.

Will you hurry up and get the section from Glenwood Springs to DIA done? Kai, thnx, bye.

I'll see what I can do...

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 08:37 PM

I put old/sick oil wells and offshore platforms out of thier misery.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 09:33 PM

QUOTE (picusld @ May 17 2011, 11:42 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Design and Draw up plans for something that will not be built according to those plans


Agree. I also waste tax payer money by being directed to do everything as inefficiently as possible, therefore loaded with mistakes, who no one is responsible for, which is then passed on to the Contractor, who wastes more tax payer money trying to fix the problem (or causes more mistakes)...and the best part of it is that no one wants to try anything new to change this. Sorry...little vent. Little teeny tiny vent.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 01:50 PM

yo. POed where you been?

I see you're still POed. smile.gif

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 01:53 PM

I work for a consulting firm. Right now I am in the crude refining industry, but I cross between that, Coal Fired Boilers, Gas/Oil Fired Boilers, Chemical Plants, and Industrial Boilers.

Duties are: Project Management (but have never been given the actual position), Lead Stress Engineer, Project Engineer, Drafter, Piping Designer, and Spec Writer.

I have spent about 70% of my time in the field. For the last year it has been 100%

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 07:28 PM

QUOTE (MA_PE @ May 18 2011, 09:50 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
yo. POed where you been?

I see you're still POed. smile.gif


I've been busy starting a firm dag nabbit! I've had it!

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 07:48 PM

environmental regulator...bum, bum, bummmmmm



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Posted 19 May 2011 - 05:23 PM

angry.gif regulator...

QUOTE (picusld @ May 17 2011, 01:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Design and Draw up plans for something that will not be built according to those plans



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Posted 19 May 2011 - 06:26 PM

QUOTE (johnf @ May 19 2011, 05:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
angry.gif regulator...


Regulators - we regulate any stealing of his property, and we damn good too. But you can't be any geek off the street, gotta be handy with the steel if you know what I mean, earn your keep!

REGULATORS!!! MOUNT UP!



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Posted 19 May 2011 - 08:34 PM

QUOTE (Warren G @ May 17 2011, 05:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (johnf @ May 19 2011, 05:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
angry.gif regulator...


Regulators - we regulate any stealing of his property, and we damn good too. But you can't be any geek off the street, gotta be handy with the steel if you know what I mean, earn your keep!

REGULATORS!!! MOUNT UP!

No thanks.

I don't think I wanna step tp this.

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 02:24 AM

Concrete Quality Control Engineer is the title. Work for a concrete producer and design mixes, analyze aggregates, try to optimize our materials, review specs, etc. Nothing too exciting but I get involved in different aspects of the construction industry so it's OK.

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 03:15 PM

I work for the government, and I am here to help you.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 04:46 PM

My role has been so diluted, I don't even know anymore.

My title is "Reliability Engineer", but I do fewer proactive and more reactive activities with our power plants (gas / steam turbines and HRSGs). I also serve as contract administrator for GE.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 05:14 PM

Power Quality Engineer.

Here is how it works. Customers complain about loosing power, I start an investigation checking feeder alarms, work orders at the operations center, and voltage readings in the area at the times of the "outages". If necessary will install a PQ meter( nothing than a volt recorder with a few more gadgets) just to tell the costumer that they loose power because a storm. Sometimes will find interesting stuff like a feeder breaker with a bad control relay, the THD is too high (total harmonic distortion), their new chillers are too sensitive to voltage fluctuations, and/or there are fecking branches in the feeder.

It is not boring at all. I am asking myself why did not do this crossover earlier in my career.

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 12:47 AM

Instrumentation engineer.

I design gas analyzers, thermocouple/thermistor based measurement devices, dataloggers, etc. Occasionally, I'll delve into controls, but not often. Day to day work is mostly a combination of embedded and application level programming, circuit board layout and design, and analyzing data that we've logged during our gas experiments.

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 10:41 AM

I supervise a group of construction managers in a very busy government office. I was described as a shepherd yesterday. That's pretty accurate.

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 08:30 PM

Edit: new job

I'm now a mech engineer working for a design and fabrication company. We get to do a lot of fun small projects to large ones, and usually see everything being built on the floor. I love it.
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Posted 30 September 2011 - 04:01 PM

Well, I'm only an intern, but I worked at GM. I counted how many dies were sitting in the yard and scrapped a few(nearly 1 million pounds worth). And there are still a few hundred more. They offered me a job for next summer. Being GM, they probably lost the file and want me to count them up again.
And right now I'm working at this Dr. Suess designed maze of pipes that Marathon calls an "oil refinery."
I just had an interview for an intern position in the product design department at Ford, I told the interviewer I would like to be working with the Mustang. He said, "Vehicle Dynamic testing on the Boss 302?" "Yessir!"


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Posted 20 November 2011 - 03:00 AM

Design and Draw up plans for something that will not be built according to those plans


That is why we had to develop a new MIL spec, MIL-TFP41, it stands for "Make it like the F'in print 4 once!"

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 03:54 AM

As little as possible...

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 03:59 AM

Civil/Structural construction management. Currently working on a light-rail expansion project in Denver.


who do you work for within DTP?

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 09:40 PM

I'm an engineering intern in lighting ... looking for work and juggling projects.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 02:46 AM


Civil/Structural construction management. Currently working on a light-rail expansion project in Denver.


who do you work for within DTP?


RTD for West Rail line, but I know a couple DTP guys from previous jobs...

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 02:21 PM

CAE Engineer. I perform structural analysis of powertrain mounts. I was a designer in the aerospace defense industry at my last job. I don't find cars to be as exciting as fighter jets unfortunately.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 06:52 PM

Once I finish training, I'll be a maintenance engineer once again. At least that's the best-fit corporate title. I'll really be Jack-of-all-trades engineer. :D

Yay! Engineer brain to be used once again!

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:00 PM

CAE Engineer. I perform structural analysis of powertrain mounts. I was a designer in the aerospace defense industry at my last job. I don't find cars to be as exciting as fighter jets unfortunately.

location michigan, im guessing this is a ford type thing?

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:02 PM

for the past 6 years i was a pm for a small general contractor in chicago and i ran a bunch of small jobs anywhere from 50k to 5M in value. mostly schools and gov't jobs. mostly mech and electrical upgrades as well as some basic ada stuff. mostly what i really did was babysit for carpenters, electrcians, tinners and fitters.

just got a new job a month ago working for the nations' third largest telecom provider, do end of life analysis on their critical infrastructure, MEP assets. its better.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:05 PM

^ Obama Automotive aka GM.




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