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  1. blybrook PE

    How old are you?

  2. blybrook PE

    Happy Birthday Sap!

    Happy birthday sap! Enjoy the day. Extra strong eggnog for all!!
  3. blybrook PE

    Merry Christmas EB!

    Merry Christmas to all
  4. blybrook PE

    Random Topics 3.1

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    Christmas gifts /

    For the company gift exchange.
  6. blybrook PE

    The Automotive Thread

    I've had a variation of that in the brake tool box for 15 years. Picked one up after my clamp went awol while in the middle of a rotor replacement.
  7. blybrook PE

    Kids of EB

    Congrats NJ. Better start the college funds....
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    Random Topics 3.1

    And so it begins...
  9. blybrook PE

    Does Anyone have a digital copy of HCM 6?

    Per site regulations, we do not distribute copyrighted material here. Good luck on the exam.
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    Greece has yet more issues: http:// https://myfox8.com/2018/09/20/this-town-is-draped-in-thousands-of-spider-webs-each-crawling-with-hordes-of-spiders/
  11. I use BC Calc in addition to all of the other calculation software that had been mentioned already. Each has it's own benefits and issues. The project requirements will help determine what software I'll utilize. Sometimes I'll run it again using anther software if things don't look right with the initial results. All drafting in AutoCAD.
  12. blybrook PE

    Engineer Contractor newbie Question

    In regards to your question for setting your rate, only you can really determine what is best for you. Be sure to have some wiggle room for negotiations with the employer. One rule of thumb that I've seen for folks with 10+ years of experience is between 2/3 to 3/4 of the billing rate for a similarly employed individual at the same company. This will vary based on the field you are working and the employment opportunities in your area. An example for one individual I know quite well who had over 5 years at a company before being laid off. Their billing rate was $125/hr prior to the layoff, when things picked back up slightly and offered a contractor job their being paid for $80 or 85/hr and still being billed out at $125/hr. The discrepancy of the rates is for the internal overhead and accounting that the company has to undergo while fulfilling the contract. The actual rate will vary by your employment climate, the employer and your experience. If I don't have to deal with the legal BS of getting a business license and keeping all that extra paperwork straight, then I wouldn't. Again, you will need to contact your state board of business licensing to determine what actions you need to take. No one here can direct you how to proceed on this. Good luck.
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    Engineer Contractor newbie Question

    Depends on the state for the paperwork involved, but a few states that I've dealt with don't require an individual to have a separate business license, some do. You will need to check with your state business licensing board to determine what's required, if anything. In Alaska, you typically don't need to have a business license to do contract work with an employer, unless said employer requires it. Then you have to make sure that you've got yourself covered for the state, borough and city licenses (depending on where you live in AK). Essentially, as a contractor, you sign a contract with the employer stating that you will be paid a specific rate (hourly, monthly, etc...) for your services or a flat fee for the specific job. Here's the kicker, as a contractor, you are wholly responsible for the taxes, insurance and other benefit payments that are required to be paid to the Feds or state. Therefore, in the long run it is typically cheaper for the employer to have you as a contractor than as a regular employee. I know a few guys doing contract work who used to work for the company that they now contract with. When they were regular employees, they were making between 35-45 an hour. As contractors, they're being paid between 70-90 an hour; but don't get ANY of the company benefits and are personally responsible for paying the applicable federal & state taxes. When the math is said and done with, they're actually making approximately the same wage (+\- 10\hr), don't have any benefits and have extra tax headaches to deal with at the end of the year. If it is very short term, then it might be beneficial to do the contract work but be sure you work with a financial adviser to sort out the taxes and benefits crap that you'll need to have covered.