From: "Michael A. Terrell"
Subject: Re: Questions on EE job market.
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 07:00:59 -0500
Organization: Have you seen my bench? No, really! Where is it?
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Kevin Aylward wrote:
> Unfortunately, you are incorrect here. I have spent over 10 years in the
> US and am indeed a naturalized US citizen. I naturalized in 1991.
> Secondly, your description here, with all due respect to your
> capabilities, is one of a technician, repairing things, maintenance and
> so forth. I have been giving my opinion based on the posters desire of a
> B.S. in Electronic Engineering. This implies design and development of
> hardware and software systems at of a much higher level of technical
> expertise. To my knowledge, this sort of work is not undertaken in the
> services. As I have already noted, my informatiion is that the majority
> of this work gets done by government contractors such as Northrop,
> General Dynamics, Hughes, Boeing etc.
> Kevin Aylward
> SuperSpice, a very affordable Mixed-Mode
> Windows Simulator with Schematic Capture,
> Waveform Display, FFT's and Filter Design.
So the couple guys I served with who had EE degrees wasted their
time? One was interested in power generation and management, and worked
at the power plant at Ft greely Alaska. The other worked in crypto, and
couldn't talk about his job.
Are you trying to tell me that all defense contractors write their
own specs, then get the government to just write a check? BULLSHIT! I
worked at the cold weather test site, and the military routinely sent
their engineers there to test products and equipment they were
interested in. Some were civilian, and others were in the military.
So, you "naturalized in 1991"? You are probably still too old to
join the military, and because of this you have no way of knowing
anything about how it really works. The military is involved in a lot
of research, and I'm sorry for you that you can't see it due to your
bigotry towards anyone in the military. Most of the Electrical
Engineers I have worked with were in electronics in the service. Some
just went to get their military commitment out of the way, some joined
to get the money to pay for their degree. Every year I worked for a
defense contractor EVERYONE had to fill out forms for the government to
show if they served. I also worked for four years a "Engineer to order"
company who had to deal directly with the military, NASA, and large
universities. We built custom telemetry receiving equipment and
systems. Most of the engineers had served in the military which helped
them understand how the military mind worked. most of the techs were ex
GIs, as well.
I used to read your postings with respect and interest, but with your
attitudes I am beginning to pity you.
Michael A. Terrell