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Old 11-22-2006, 09:23 PM   #41
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I work in a highly sought after field, clinical engineering and frankly get paid about average. However, I am an expert enough in my field and efficient enough that I am fairly autonomous. That means I work the hours I want to most of the time.
Field clinical engineering is nice. You do not have to sit at the desk and stir at the computer monitor all day. I guess it's better than sitting inside a conference room and listen to complaints or issues.

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Re: Engineering Career
Old 11-22-2006, 10:41 PM   #42
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I think engineering is a great career. And it pays incredibly well. In Silicon Valley engineers are making what GP physicians make in much of the country.

OK, I am tired of engineering for now after doing it for over a decade, but I think that is my problem and not a problem with the field itself.

I have given talks to engineering students about engineering careers. One thing that I explain is that many or most people with engineering degrees are not currently engineers. It is a good background for a variety of fields like technical sales, marketing, management, etc. However, I also stress that you should not go for an engineering degree if you do not have the aptitude for it.

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Old 11-23-2006, 12:03 AM   #43
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This is a really, really, really bad practice. Many of the more progressive US private sector employers provide incentive awards, and sometimes royalty, to inventors. I have personally received almost $200,000, and have a friend who has received over a $million. You have every right to be POd about the matter!

Young engineers -- don't put up with this!!!!
For my last 3 stints at megacorps, first day on the job I have signed releases giving away any rights to products or patents developed while on the company time or using company resources.

Not a big deal in my work but others may want to look back at employment agreements before going above and beyond in developing products for companies with such agreements in place.



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For my last 3 stints at megacorps, first day on the job I have signed releases giving away any rights to products or patents developed while on the company time or using company resources.

Not a big deal in my work but others may want to look back at employment agreements before going above and beyond in developing products for companies with such agreements in place.

It would be highly unusual not to have such an agreement if your job could result in you coming up with something that could be patented. Even when I do employment agreements for physicians I put in that kind of provision.

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Old 11-23-2006, 10:31 AM   #45
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The agreement is indeed commonplace among employers. What varies is what you get in return. Could be nothing, could be "awards", could be royalties.
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A wise old friend once told me that engineering is the most fun a man can have--if he can afford it!
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