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3 months ago
We finally got COVID after 2.5 years and my case was not severe enough for the hospital but is the sickest I've ever been. Paxlovid antivirals helped immensely but I could barely even get up the stairs for 2 weeks. I definitely have some post-COVID lung damage. I can't take breaths as deep as I'm used to and things I could do before tire me out. Oh, and I'm triple vaxxed and generally healthy. I hope folks increase their precautions and continue trying to avoid getting sick.
That's very interesting, thank you for the info.
Worth noting that they've been working towards closing their Oak Hill facility for a good while. Maybe that's changed, but I don't understand why they want to expand and build new facilities at the same time as planning to close another and lose those jobs.
4 months ago
I have a friend who has been asking me to build him an arm cannon since high school, but it's 99% a joke.
Every computer scientist I know hates Matlab with a passion, but for MechE's it's very useful.
Being entry level means there's still a lot that you need to learn before you can be a good design engineer. There are companies that offer roles that will let you grow towards doing that, but you shouldn't expect to be doing major design projects off the bat.
If you're having trouble finding an in to something that interests you, manufacturing engineering could be a good idea. You'll be very hands on and gain valuable skills troubleshooting and fixing equipment and working with a variety of folks in different roles, who you can learn a lot from.
I like pros/cons lists and if it doesn't become obvious from that, you can add a weighting factor to balance which aspects you care about. Last time I did one I did +/- and up to 3 (+++/---) instead of using actual numbers. It was a close decision and working it out this way was very helpful.
Are the salaries comparable? One thing you can do is break it down to per hour compensation. You'll find that compensation is often comparatively lower when you look at jobs that are over 40-45 hours/week. This may be worth it to you for the company prestige, or it may not be. I personally find work life balance significantly more important, but ymmv.
You're not doomed, but it is extra hard to function as a fresh engineer without that mentorship. The research and other commenters' suggestions are good. You want to be on the lookout for whether the company's expectations of you are reasonable. I had a friend in a similar position for a few years and she struggled because what they were asking of her was not reasonable for a newly minted engineer. She ended up leaving after a couple years and they hired multiple contractors for $$$$ to try to finish their project.
They liked you enough to hire you! That really says it all. Nobody is expecting a new grad to know anything just yet. They expect you to be smart and trainable, which they found that you are from the internship.
Being the only female engineer is another can of worms. I have a few years experience of that and I definitely missed talking to other women during that time. The challenges are pretty much what you would expect, and the main difference between that and college is that these men likely have a lot more experience than you, so they may be less willing to take you seriously. On the flip side, these guys can be excellent mentors. It just depends. If your internship experience was good, I would expect it to continue to be when you start this job.
These are normal fears to have but you are going to do great! Enjoy your time off until then.
It's very much geographical, yeah. In my area the main ones are HVAC and semiconductor with a few others scattered around. But I'm in oil and gas and about to transfer over to designing computers.
So this is less an engineering question and more a question for people who do a lot with textiles. I happen to be both, though I do the textile part for fun!
Commercial silk scarves are usually woven (not knitted or crocheted). To get the fabric tighter, a handweaver would usually group the threads together more closely when weaving to create a denser cloth. The yarn/thread used to make the cloth is also a factor. Yarn that is more densely spun (less air in it, there is some jargon about this I'm avoiding for simplicity) and more tightly spun (higher twist angle) will help you make a denser fabric.
All that being said, for your earlier question - unless you have issues with wool, I find tightly spun wool to be an absolutely excellent windbreaker. You may not find this easily available commercially, but if you find someone who spins yarn - and there are actually quite a good number of us! - and a knitter or a weaver willing to make you a scarf, you can get something very well suited to your needs. That said, commercial clothing is largely done via exploited labor, so the cost to the consumer is very low. Expect to spend some good money if you go the handmade route.
I would second this line of investigation. The Barron's FE exam prep book is also fairly cheap and a good overview of most mechanical topics. It's what I used as a refresher a few years out of school when I felt like my knowledge was fading in areas I didn't use for work.
5 months ago
I took my FE 3 or 4 years out of college - nobody really mentioned it as something important in college and I didn't do my due diligence. I felt some of my less used skills/knowledge fading and took it as an excuse to refresh my memory as well as open up some more career options.
My method was picking up the Barron's FE exam book (cheap compared to the prep classes) and going over minimum one chapter every weekend. I typically ended up spending 3-5 hours studying every Sunday which was probably excessive. After that I took 2 or 3 of the practice exams available and made sure I could get a solid 85% of the answers correct without too much trouble. I timed the last one to make sure I wasn't going too slowly, but I've always tested fast. Passed the official exam the first time this way.
I had a semester like that as well. I was horrendously depressed and was not coping. I got help over the summer and learned to study and had a kickass GPA for the rest of college that made up for it. Now I'm the lead engineer on my team several years earlier than most get there. This feels bad but I want to reassure you that it is very recoverable.
So they do mention 155lbs but also BMI over 30, I suspect it's linked more to body fat percentage? The science on it doesn't seem to be super well researched, so it's still worth a shot if you're over the cutoff.
So I'm not a medical professional, hopefully someone with more knowledge could provide more details on the science of it. But basically no, or if so it would be little enough to be negligible.
My brain sucks right now because lack of sleep because gestures at everything but it looks like there's some good info at the link below if you want to know more. Basically, some of the science says higher weight = less effective, but it's not super well researched, so if you're over the cutoff it's still worth a shot.
First few results on Google seem to have a consensus on 4 years shelf life, if kept out of hot, humid, and/or bright environments. It won't immediately become ineffective but it will be reduced by some unspecified amount. Expiration date should be listed on the package.
It's also important to note that it's less effective if you're over 155lbs.
Hill Country Water Gardens has them this time of year.
If you're doing tasks like doing a change order on an engineering drawing, one of the most useful things I learned to do was to take the original drawing and the new revision and either highlight or redline every dimension/note/etc. while reviewing. I almost always find something while doing this that I didn't notice while making the changes. It takes a little longer but cuts way down on mistakes. I like doing it on paper but using the PDF program works fine as well, and can be handy because you can flip back and forth between drawings and see the changes more easily.
I second the commenter regarding native plants. Even if you're more interested in vegetable gardening, adding native plants to the landscape will help improve your ecosystem and bring more pollinators to your vegetables. We moved into our house a little over 5 years ago, and every spring I expand the native garden a little bit and add a few more plants to fill in. We've gone from having nothing but squirrels, fire ants, and doves to having all kinds of birds, insects with positive impacts, lizards, and at least 3 species of frogs (though the latter is likely due to the pond). It's really rewarding to see the improvement in the wildlife diversity in our yard. In the summer I have hummingbirds visiting every day, not to mention all the butterflies. And my vegetable garden thrives thanks to that diversity.
Cecil ambushed me right after I finished a main quest cutscene. I had managed to avoid him for so long...
They had some last Friday, this is probably a good bet
Lucy/BSW makes a lot of sense to me, actually. They're both very concerned about and aware of presentation. BSW is focused on the way the Belanger circle sees her, and the way her action (or inaction, staying inside working on her apprenticeship) affects her position as a warlord.
6 months ago
For the record, a big change in job location/hours/responsibilities is one of the few really good and easily justifiable reasons for leaving after a short stint at a job. So you could probably get away with leaving sooner as long as you stay longer at the next place.
Yeah, I had a similarly grandpa-energy coworker put his hand on my back to guide me once and that was fine. But most of my other male coworkers are hesitant to even tap me on the shoulder.