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Post subject: Advice for a struggling engineer! Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:10 am
Joined: Mon Mar 17, 2008 6:05 pm
New poster here and I have a couple of
questions for all you experienced engineers. I have recently graduated from my masters in RF engineering and have
been having some trouble getting the right job. Most of the jobs I search ask me for a minimum of 2 years
experience even though skill wise I think I qualify for them. Anyway my main question is, what are the job
positions I should target to get a start in my career in RF engineering.
I read a post from lincedpt about
the things you shouldn’t do in a job hunt and of all them, the only one I know I made a mistake was to rely only
on the internet, now I don’t think I have been making that many mistakes and I don’t spam my resume all over the
job listings that monster.com or careerbuilder gives me, for the most part I select the job applications that I
fit the skills the most. Now I could get a job in any other area in engineering that isn’t so specialized, however
I don’t know how much it will affect me, if I have in my resume, experience that isn’t related to RF engineering.
I know and understand that my biggest problem in my resume is work related experience; however I don’t know what
are the job positions I should try and get to “get my feet wet” in the RF engineering area.
mention also that I am from Mexico and all my education comes from Mexican schools, I recently moved to the US and
I have permanent resident status, so I am legal to work here for most companies (except the ones that require US
I live in the So. Cal. region and I have been searching here but wherever the job is I am
willing to go there.
Any tips, suggestions or comments will be greatly appreciated.
Post subject: Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:23 am
Tue Dec 26, 2006 5:39 pm
How long has it been since being graduated?
A lot of companies
look for people with tons of theory in their head. I like to find engineers with some soldering iron burns on
their fingers. So I look for guys that build stuff in their spare time. Start building stuff, even if it is 'just
a kit'. Build radios or antennas, or modify off-the-shelf products. Get your ham license (when I see that an
applicant has an amateur radio license, I don't think of it as 'sucking up'; it shows that he has an actual
interest in RF, its not just a paycheck to him). This kind of experience may not be job experience, but it is
While trying to find work in RF, don't hesitate to take on short term or contract work in other
fields. If you help a small company with their documentation, ECO (change orders) or manufacturing test, or field
training it will look much better on your resume than 'unemployed'. To quote a former colleague; "the only thing
engineers produce is documentation; they don't manufacture the product". I had zero training in documentation for
my BS. Learning documentation is a great benefit.
Can your university put you in touch with other alumni?
Those alumni could give you a lot of advice, they might even know of some openings.
What about all the
other places you have worked? Even if it was completely un-related to RF, go back and talk to your old bosses and
co-workers. You never know who knows somebody somewhere in the RF field.
As I type this, I remember there
was a posting on this very forum (maybe 6 months ago) for an RF engineer in (near?) Miami and knowing Spanish was
an extra benefit.
Post subject: re; employmentPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:39 pm
Joined: Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:34 pm
Location: Irvine, CA
are hiring. give me a call at 949-454-6603 xt 26 or email me and we'll see what we can do.
Post subject: Re: re; employmentPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:25 am
Joined: Sun Aug 03, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Erie, PA
We are hiring. give me a call at 949-454-6603 xt 26 or email me and we'll see what we can do.
Employers are welcome and encouraged to post here. You should
identify yourself and your company - Excalibur Engineering.
In the interest of protecting my visitors from
the dirtbag recruiters, I normally delete posts and ban the IP addresses of anonymous posters offering job
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- Kirt Blattenberger
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Post subject: Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:50 am
Joined: Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:34 pm
Location: Irvine, CA
certainly understand your position. I was searching the web for some test equipment when I ran across this site.
Upon entering the keyword 'test, I saw toto's post. I also assumed that my information would already be exposed in
post, but it did not.
In fact, I am not a recruiter. Excalibur Engineering is a mid-sized test and
measurement metrology lab located in Irvine, CA. We have some positions available for some capable techs, should
anyone be interested in contacting us. Thanks!
Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:41 pm
Joined: Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:28 pm
Location: MA, USA
I think that the fist job will have slightly less salary. You may accept that and keep
working. I do not think that it is difficult to find a job with RF education background.
DOES require some experience before your boss can expect you to give some work independently. That is why they
require 2 years experience.
This is unlike the SW jobs where 2 month expperience in enough to get you