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need help finding a jobSamDC
Dec 3, 2001 1:02 PM
Well, I guess this would be the ultimate manifestation of my desperation. I recently finished graduate school and received my master's in mechanical engineering. In graduate school, part of my stipend requirement was to reverse engineer vehicles for computer simulations. I was afforded a great deal of finite element experience (i.e, digitizing, meshing, and analysis of vehicle structures). We primarily used MSC PATRAN as the pre-processor and LS-DYNA as the fea code. Anyway, I was wondering if anybody out there had any ideas of applicable jobs. Thanks!!!
re: need help finding a jobbikedodger
Dec 3, 2001 2:06 PM
Any particular geographical region or industry that you are interested in?
good luckBigLeadOutGuy
Dec 3, 2001 2:33 PM
oh man, Join the club dude!
Ive been working construction till I can find a job is any one of my majors...ill keep an eye out for some mechanical engineering jobs if you keep me posted on anything in the biomedical enginnering, nutrition or marketing jobs!
Dec 3, 2001 4:09 PM
If you know biochem and a little about lab tech stuff, I might know a couple of places that I just saw posted.
re: good luckSamDC
Dec 3, 2001 7:50 PM
Hey BigLeadOutGuy,
Damn, three majors! I thought I was an academic! Well, here are some places that MAY have openings, if not now in the future (or at least to get you on your way)...

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Stanford, etc. (or any any university that has a biomed program and does research)
Here are a bunch of on-line sites that I've accumulated during my search: [ queries other databases ] [ subset of; school specific ]

I think the best thing to do is find companies on one of the above databases and then go directly to there site and apply or at least see the most current listings. For example, I found some job openings on at Boeing and went directly to Boeing's home page. There, I found more listings. Anyway, good luck and thanks for any help!
re: need help finding a jobSamDC
Dec 3, 2001 7:41 PM
I'm trying to stick around DC (already settled and friends are here), but an open to almost any geographical area (except Detroit). As to industry, no real preference; just want something challenging and worthwhile, not some job I'll be sitting around. Thanks to you and everyone for any help!
some more info...SamDC
Dec 3, 2001 8:02 PM
in addition, a potential it doesn't have anything to do with finite elements. I just threw that out because it's probably one of my more marketable skills. What I'd really like to do is apply my quantitative skills in the non-profit sector (i.e., number cruncher, but for a good cause) or in a business environment (e.g., financial analyst/programmer... basically sell out but feel guilty all the way to the bank).

I've found a couple of jobs but the companies don't seem interested in me. Is it possibly to be over-educated? More likely though, I think I'm just lacking enough experience to break into either of these fields.

Ultimately, I'd like to become a physician, so anything medically related would be nice, but like the above, I've only found a couple and they don't seem to be interested in me. Thanks for listening to me ramble.
Dec 3, 2001 8:03 PM
sorry for all the typos... maybe that's why I can't get a job! Essh.
Have you thought about appraisal?MelMo
Dec 4, 2001 11:14 PM
I work for a commercial appraisal firm in Seattle (admin asst...that MA in English goes FAR in the job market, let me tell you). A few of our appraisers have engineering backgrounds, and its definately a number crunching field. One of them lived in DC, and crunched numbers for appraisals to try to get loans for developers to build low income housing under the federal tax credit program. Even here (and I hear that we're being hardest hit by the recession due to the double-whammy) appraisal is a fairly robust business because banks need them whether lending or foreclosing, and investors need it to explain to the taxman why their property is only worth a quarter of what it was last year.

Just a thought...

(Sorry if this double-posts...server appeared to eat the first version)
I hear mcdonalds is hiringDerp
Dec 4, 2001 7:30 AM
i've seen many a person with doctorates having problems finding work. welcome to the real world. might be a good time to just climb back into that ivory tower again and get another degree.
ask DOGDefman
Dec 4, 2001 7:45 AM
He seems to be able to maintain his lawyer status as well as being able to post for 7-8 hours a day here! Great work if you can find it.
Woah...thats a lot of info!BigLeadOutGuy
Dec 4, 2001 4:58 PM
Thanks dude!
Its going to take me about a month to check out all those places!! haha
But just so ya know I didnt plan on getting all those degrees, it just kind happend. I got my biomed degree and after interning decided I really didnt like it all that much and i was more interested in nutrition so i switched over and started doing a job and found it extremely frustrating. I wasnt sure what i was thinking when getting my marketing degree...i think i just wanted to go for the hat trick and a business degree just kinda seemed the way to go. So after bouncing around from job to job and feeling very unrewarded I decided to be an teacher...took my certification tests and got a job substituting... I was living in california at the time and had to move to NY for family reasons. So here i am in NY working construction =) I think I am definatley undermining my education haha
but the physical work is a nice change of pace...but im getting sick of it haha
well enough about my life story.
thanks again for all the info
stay stoked =)
Your welcomeSamDC
Dec 4, 2001 8:19 PM
I hope the info helps and something comes up. I think construction is slightly better than working in a corporate coffee chain (which shall remain anonymous). Teaching is cool though. I've recently submitted my application to Teach for America. Now I'm trying to get some substitute teaching gigs so I won't be totally lost in case I am accepted to TfA. Anyway, good luck with the job search. I'm sure somewhere out there someone is looking for a person with a biomed/nutrition/marketing background!
Great program!BigLeadOutGuy
Dec 5, 2001 2:55 PM
I was going to apply to Teach For America! I got applications for teach compton and teach for america...the teach compton is very similar to TFA excpet its not nationwide...its just for underfunded schools in compton CA. I got my interview with teach comptin and did very and the project organizer hit it off very well and she assured me that I would be hired...but than she had to leave the organization because of family troubles. SO needless to say i didnt get a job..I was kinda of upset. I guess it was for the better, i didnt really hit it off as well with the new project organizer so well. anyhoo
thanks again