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Topic Title: Electrical Engineering
Topic Summary: Which route?
Created On: 30 August 2013 11:27 AM
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 30 August 2013 11:27 AM
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DTM

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This is my first post/new topic on this website and I was hoping to get some advice from experienced engineers regarding the most prosperous route to take within Electrical Engineering. Currently I am a jack of all trades, but am concerned that specialising maybe the key and If this is the case I can incorporate this into the FdENG I am studying for, making me more employable at the end of the course. No doubt there is varying opinions regarding this subject so any advice would be appreciated.

Me:
I am a maintenance engineer at a food company working 4 on 4 off permanent nights and currently studying for a foundation degree in electrical engineering, which is day release and has the work based learning modules. This foundation degree is self funded and I use my holiday entitlement for the day release when it falls on shift, the company has absolutely no interest in personal development or any kind of training for that matter. Working for a company that invest in its engineering department rather than getting external contractors in would be a step in the right direction (Im not bitter ).

My history:
Maintenance Engineer on the Harrier for 5 years in the Navy.
Electrical contracting for 2 years.
Currently a Maintenance Engineer (elec bias) in Food industry

My Qualifications:
General Engineering apprenticeship (Navy)
17th Edition
2391 Inspect and Test
Starting second year of FdENG Electrical Electronic Engineering

Thanks in advance,

DTM
 30 August 2013 09:17 PM
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kengreen

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frankly I cannot see anything wrong with your present occupation except perhaps that you should aim for a better employer. I believe that the most important thing when being considered even for short list is experience rather than academic qualifications. The man with experience has seen most situations and has a fair idea of necessary action; the man who can wave bits of paper issued by universities has got it all in theory which isn't necessarily an advantage under pressure.

I can however tell you from personal experience that it can be a mistake to stay for too long in one job. Not only does this limit the field of your experience but, on that so highly-prized CV , it looks like smugness. But... When changing jobs always look upwards.

Ken Green
 28 December 2013 07:19 PM
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