Technical Career Survival Handbook - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128093726, 9780128096116

Technical Career Survival Handbook

1st Edition

100 Things You Need To Know

Authors: Peter Burke
eBook ISBN: 9780128096116
Paperback ISBN: 9780128093726
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 14th November 2016
Page Count: 284
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Description

Technical Career Survival Handbook: 100 Things You Need To Know provides the information needed to survive a technical career, enabling prospective technical career candidates and those currently in technical careers to explore all technical education possibilities, industries, disciplines, and specialties.

This handbook better equips the reader to deal with the tough situations and decisions they have to make throughout their career. Topics include preparing for the workforce, employment challenges, and dealing with on the job situations. This book is a practical guidebook for scientists, engineers, and technicians who apply the principles of science and mathematics to develop practical solutions to technical problems.

Key Features

  • Offers insights on how to pursue and navigate a technical career
  • Discusses job searches, interviews, offers, and counteroffers
  • Includes day-to-day, in the trenches, job situations that may arise and best practices on how to address them

Readership

Scientists, engineers, and technicians who apply the principles of science and mathematics to develop practical solutions to technical problems.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part I. Preparing for the Work Force
    • 1. Technical Careers
    • 2. The Big Four Engineering Degrees
      • Civil Engineering
      • Electrical Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
      • Industrial Engineering
    • 3. Other Engineering Degrees
    • 4. Technology Degrees
    • 5. Career Choice
      • What Are My Interests?
      • What Subjects Do I Like?
      • What Subjects Are My Strengths?
      • Who Do I Know in the Field?
    • 6. College Selection
    • 7. Engineering Technology
    • 8. Graduate School
    • 9. Day Versus Night School
    • 10. Co-Op Programs
    • 11. Internships
    • 12. Alternative College Funding
      • Grants
      • Scholarships
      • GI Bill
      • Company Benefit
    • 13. Finding That First Job
      • Where to Look for Your First Job?
    • 14. Geographic Factors
      • Where Are the Jobs?
      • Where Are Manufacturing Centers?
    • 15. Interviews
      • Campus
      • Telephone
      • Neutral Location Interview
      • Employer’s Facility
      • Panel
    • 16. Opportunities for Women
  • Part II. Employment Challenges
    • 17. Experience
      • Discipline
      • Industry
      • Specialty
    • 18. Work Direction
    • 19. Manager
    • 20. Management Styles
      • Coach
      • Micromanager
      • Conservative
      • Ambivalent
      • Dodger
      • Dictator
    • 21. Positions—Open Versus Created
    • 22. Specialties
    • 23. Contractor
    • 24. Consultant/Self-employed
    • 25. Part Time
    • 26. Temporary
    • 27. Technical Spectrum
    • 28. Job Titles
    • 29. Job Descriptions
    • 30. Salary Structure
    • 31. Key Employee
    • 32. Nondisclosure Agreement
    • 33. Company Size
    • 34. Company Organization
    • 35. Pensions
      • What Is a Pension?
      • What Are the Types of Pensions?
      • What Companies Offer Pensions?
      • What Is an Example of an Annuity Payment?
    • 36. Training
    • 37. Benefits
      • Social Security
      • Worker’s Compensation
      • Unemployment Insurance
      • Obamacare
    • 38. Public Versus Private Technology Companies
      • Private Companies
      • Public Companies
    • 39. Industries
    • 40. Industry Trends
    • 41. Green Jobs
    • 42. Regional Manufacturing Centers
    • 43. Foreign-Owned Companies
      • Personal Concerns
    • 44. Manufacturing
    • 45. Engineering Department
    • 46. Plant Engineering
      • What Are the Duties of Plant Engineers?
      • What Are the Requirements for Plant Engineers?
      • What Is the Outlook for Plant Engineers?
      • What Are the Trends in Plant Engineering?
      • Who Is a Certified Plant Engineer?
    • 47. Service Companies and Consulting Engineers
    • 48. Government
    • 49. Union Versus Nonunion
    • 50. Utilities
    • 51. Spinoffs, Acquisitions, and Mergers
      • Spinoffs
      • Acquisitions
      • Mergers
    • 52. Startups
    • 53. Alliances
    • 54. Joint Venture
    • 55. Job Site Work
    • 56. Commuting/Telecommuting
    • 57. Reorganizations
  • Part III. The Job Search
    • 58. Resumes
    • 59. Headhunters
    • 60. Staffing Firm
    • 61. Networking/Newspaper/Internet
    • 62. Offers/Counteroffers
  • Part IV. On the Job
    • 63. The Midcareer Years
    • 64. Technical Library
    • 65. Associations/Societies
    • 66. Seminars/Webinars
    • 67. Publishing
    • 68. Industry Standards
    • 69. Employment File
    • 70. Patents
    • 71. Trade Secrets
    • 72. Professional Engineer
    • 73. Safety
    • 74. Business Plan
    • 75. Schedules
    • 76. Budgets
      • Man-hours
      • Expenses
      • Capital
    • 77. Time Management
    • 78. Specifications
    • 79. Documents
    • 80. Performance Appraisals
      • Performance Review of Goals and Objectives
      • Performance Review of the Job Description
      • Review of Performance Characteristics
      • Co-reviews
    • 81. Decision-Making
    • 82. Project Team
      • First—Why Have a Temporary Organization?
      • Second—Who Should Participate on the Team?
      • Third—What Are the Qualifications of a Project Manager?
      • Fourth—How Is the Workload Organized?
      • Fifth—How Is Group Progress Communicated?
    • 83. Scope of Work
    • 84. Procurement
    • 85. Trade Shows
    • 86. Vendors
    • 87. Meetings
    • 88. Transfers
    • 89. Feasibility Studies
    • 90. Projects
    • 91. Promotions
    • 92. Demotions
    • 93. Layoffs
    • 94. Resigning
    • 95. Relocation Packages
  • Part V. The Career
    • 96. The Earning Years
    • 97. Success
    • 98. Retirement/Winding Down
    • 99. Parting Advice
    • 100. Glossary
  • Further Reading
  • Index

Details

No. of pages:
284
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2017
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780128096116
Paperback ISBN:
9780128093726

About the Author

Peter Burke

His background includes many years in engineering design, development and management for major manufacturers of rotating equipment: Hamilton Sundstrand, Div. United Technology Corp., General Electric Gas Turbine, Sundstrand Corporation, KAESER Compressors and Worthington (Ingersoll Dresser) Pumps. During the last 25 years, Mr. Burke focused on consulting engineering and contributed to successful installations of dust collection systems, pumps and compressors, turbines, separators, scrubbers, field fabricated tanks, filtration systems and more. Projects ranged from minor retrofits to $60 million dollar “Greenfield” facilities and to $800 million dollar gas turbine power plant installations. Authored a number of technical articles. A partial list includes: “Intercoolers/Aftercoolers”, Chemical Engineering Magazine, “Ten Steps to Cost Savings” Plant Services Magazine, “Haz/Rad Wastewater pumping Solutions”, Pumps and Systems Magazine, “Piping Tie-in, the Basics”, Plant Services Magazine, “Avoiding Mistakes in Compressor Selection”, The 1990 Plant Engineering Yearbook.

Affiliations and Expertise

P.E, Consulting Engineer, Self-Employed