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Renewable Energy Engineering in 2013

October 24th, 2013

As 2013 is entering its final two months, a few emerging trends in the renewable energy sector are worth the continued attention from interested engineers. This is a growing area that will be generating jobs for the foreseeable future. Costs are coming down, and many are looking at solar, wind, and other renewable choices as valid energy options moving forward.

Financial Incentives Help Sell Renewable Energy

Financial incentives from the government continue to drive investment in renewable energy sources. Despite arguing from some that using public money for new energy options with untested business models is wasteful, incentives continue to be an option for many looking to invest.

Thin-Firm Solar Technology Innovation Grows

New innovations in thin-film solar technology are leading to solar panels able to be used on new types of surfaces, like curved roofs and windows. A peel and stick panel option will make solar energy more applicable in a variety of new construction designs as well.

Wind Industry Consolidation Helps that Sector

After many years of wind energy company start-ups failing in a volatile sector, the strongest remaining organizations are now part of a general consolidation. This is leading to more industry growth as new financial incentives are being reinstated for those interested in investing in wind energy.

Off-grid and Micro-grid Market Emerges

Individuals and small communities are investing in wind and solar sources to set up micro-grids separate from typical power generating utilities. In fact, some predict that utilities may end up purchasing energy from micro-grid sources if the prices and supply warrant it.

Energy Storage and Backup Technology Matures

Improving energy storage technology is leading to the storing of excess power in batteries for future use. This may even replace small-scale power generators used by many homes in the event of a power outage.

As alternative energy technology grows, so does the need for mechanical engineers to serve in this field, especially in the emerging micro-grid market. If you are interested in this area, talk to the engineering staffing experts at The Talley Group. They are one of the leading Seattle-based engineering recruiting firms, and are sure to help power your career.

Lines in the Sands of Time: Engineer Joseph Woodland

February 7th, 2013
At 91, Joseph Woodland achieved more than most of us could ever dream. He created an image–overlooked, repetitive, but so important for everyday commerce–the bar code.

Think about it. How many times during the day do you come across a product with a bar code? On your cereal box, your can of soda pop, a pack of printer paper, dog food, dresses, boxes of shoes, books, tablets, etc. There is probably even a bar code for that next car you are going to buy. Bar codes are everywhere, and yet, we are so used to them, we may never stop to think where they originated from.

60 years ago, Woodland came up with the idea at a local beach. Woodland, a graduate student in engineering, drew a pattern of lines in the sand–the prototype for the modern bar code.

Woodland and classmate, Bernard Silver, created this technology based on the different sets of lines that could be scanned for all sorts of information, particularly on consumer goods. The original format for the bar code was round, and earned the duo around $15,000.

Woodland’s life contributed to his interest in bar codes. As a young boy in Atlantic City, Woodland joined the boy scouts. There he learned morse code. As an undergraduate at Drexel University, Woodland perfected a system for delivering elevator music. The system allowed for easier recording methods of 15 audio tracks on 35-millimeter film, rather than the then current system of LPs and reel-to-reel tapes.

However, Woodland’s father would not let him pursue his invention. His father believed elevator music was controlled by the mob, and wanted his son to stay away from it. Woodland returned to Drexel for a master’s degree.

While at Drexel, a supermarket executive visited the campus, asking a dean to work on a project that would encode product data. Silver overheard the conversation and asked Woodland if he’d be interested in working on the project. The idea came to Woodland while sitting on a beach.

If he could graphically represent the morse code he’d learned in boy scouts, he could create a system. Woodland actually preferred the round version, as he believed it would be easier to scan without precise proximity to a scanner.

In Oct. 1952, Woodland and Silver’s patent for their “Classifying Apparatus and Method” became official. The original scanner was large and cumbersome, and so the duo sold their idea to Philco, to help it come to fruition. Their patent expired at the end of the 1960s, but by then, Woodland was on staff at I.B.M. The technology was widely used in supermarkets by the 1970s.

Woodland received his master’s in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He also received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 1992.

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Hot Job Openings in the Western United States

June 8th, 2012

The Talley Group has several hot jobs we are looking to fill immediately. These opportunities need to be filled at companies ranging from small firms to Fortune 500 located in the Western United States.

These companies are looking for experienced individuals with distinct engineering backgrounds to fill permanent positions.

Sr. Mechanical Engineer (Electronic Packaging)
Our client in Idaho has a direct placement opening for those experienced in electronics packaging design.

This is an excellent position for someone who has a passion for materials sciences and challenges themselves to get work done in a quick and efficient manner, appreciation for design and quality customer needs execution.  The work will include:

  • Mechanical/electromechanical design of products
  • Assisting the sales team on cost analysis and project coordination
  • Working with customers to establish design definitions
  • Developing future technology requirements and design standards
  • Executing projects in alignment with the Mechanical Development Process.
  • Reviewing designs with Manufacturing to ensure product is manufacturable.
  • Responsible for all levels of deliverables (documentation, fixtures and tooling) required to produce a quality part on time.

We are looking for a passionate design engineer that works well with other teams.  A BSME with 5-10 years of relevant product experience is required. You must also have experience with

  • Designing and analyzing multi-part mechanisms and mechanical/electromechanical assemblies.
  • Manufacturability and designing for speed are essential including experience with plastic, elastomer, and metal part design and fabrication.
  • High-end CAD tool experience, preferably with ProE or Solidworks.
  • Experience with 2D CAD tools.
  • Familiarity with ISO 9000 practices.
  • Familiarity with FDA, TUV, EC, FCC, etc. agency requirements.
  • Familiarity with Reliability Engineering methodologies including worst case, stress, durability analysis and HALT.
  • Familiarity with Industry Drafting Standards.

Excellent customer communication and management skills are also desired, as well as the willingness to travel.

Sr. Propulsions Engineer
Does internal combustion get your gears going? Then this is the position for you.

Our client in Oregon is looking for a senior propulsions engineer. The prime candidate will be an independent worker and developer, and also have a serious interest in the ins and outs of engines. Position responsibilities include:

  • Develop new UAV engine systems and engine component specifications to achieve reliability, durability, manufacturability and performance targets
  • Plan, verify and execute the engineering approach, design and development testing to allow for mass-production of engines, guaranteeing production units’ compliance with strict acceptance standards
  • Research all aspects of engine’s lifecycle, usage modes and conditions statistics, and failure trends to define target performance and identify and prioritize areas requiring improvements
  • Work with other aircraft system engineering functions, sustainment operations, manufacturing, quality engineering and outside vendors to solicit improvement ideas and ensure the cross-compliance of specification changes
  • Teamwork with supporting engineers, technicians, CAD operators, and technical writers to ensure uniform project progress
  • Write functional product specifications, test plans, test reports, and design study summaries.
  • Create technical documentation to support the creation of technical publications/manuals such as assembly instructions, production unit verification procedures, product operation and maintenance instructions.

The desirable candidate will have a BS/MS/Ph.D. degree in engineering (mechanical, auto, aero), and 10 years experience as an engineer with a background in product development. As well as:

  • Experience with internal combustion engine design and theory (two-stroke and four-stroke), combustion chemical and thermodynamic theory, fuels, lubricants, thermal management, materials, electronics, and vehicle performance.
  • Demonstrated advanced practical knowledge of and experience with carburetor and fuel injection tuning.
  • Familiarity with laboratory research equipment and computer software skills is also a plus.

Contact The Talley Group for more information on these engineering positions or to apply today!

Job Openings in the Western United States

May 31st, 2012

The Talley Group has just received several engineering-related positions in the Western United States. These opportunities need to be filled at companies ranging from small firms to Fortune 500.

These clients are looking for qualified individuals with distinct engineering backgrounds to fill permanent positions.

OBD Validation Engineer (2 Openings)
Our client in Western Washington has two openings for those experienced in on-board diagnostics.

This is a great position for someone who enjoys the mechanics of engineering, but also desires to take on a leadership role. The work will include:

  • developing test strategies for OBD validation
  • conducting OBD validation tests and interpreting results
  • budgeting and scheduling the validation projects
  • recommending and implementing process improvements
  • possible mentoring of junior engineers and technicians.

We are looking for an independent self-starter that is also adaptable to teamwork. A BSME is required or an equivalent degree with three to five years of relevant work experience. You must also have an in-depth knowledge of OBD systems and validation strategies. Be ready to communicate, analyze, present and manage multiple projects. Experience with Class 8 diesel trucks is desired for this opportunity.

Powertrain Validation Engineer
If you like the rev of an engine and seeing the power of a vehicle on the road, this position is for you.

Our client in Western Washington is looking for a powertrain validation engineer. The prime candidate will not only manage and serve as the main communicator in the powertrain testing projects, but will get their hands dirty testing the products as well. Position responsibilities include:

  • Developing and conducting test plans to validate powertrain components meet design and performance requirements upon installation
  • Analyzation, interpretation and presentation of test results
  • Communicating with requestors to manage, budget and schedule project requirements
  • Designing fixtures and specifying instrumentation, equipment, vehicles, loading configurations, and data processing techniques.
  • Verifying that equipment meets specific requirements
  • Undertaking projects of significant scope

Off-site testing requires up to 10% travel.

The desirable candidate will have a BS degree in an appropriate engineering discipline or PE license with two to six years of relevant work experience. They must also be able to work and communicate effectively in a team environment. The position also requires flexibility and an initiative to respond to project demands. Ten percent travel is also required.

Aftertreatment Development Engineer

Interested in working in a creative environment that prides itself on innovation and generating world class products? Check out this aftertreatment development engineer position in Western Washington.

Use your knowledge to develop an optimal in-vehicle diesel exhaust aftertreatment system. This industry finds emissions an ongoing struggle to deal with. Be part of the future by recommending optimal calibration guidelines and performance specifications. You will also be required to:

  • Define and specify control strategies for diesel exhaust aftertreatment systems
  • Develop and implement test plans to verify aftertreatment hardware and software performance on test rigs, Hardware-in-the-loop systems and in-vehicle.
  • Coordinate with other divisions to support successful product launch.

The ideal candidate has a BS in the appropriate technical field, two to three years of relevant work experience in truck or automotive engine/aftertreatment system controls, and familiarity with active diesel particulate filters, urea selective catalytic reduction systems, NoX reduction systems, diesel engines and Class 5-8 vehicles and exhaust systems, in-vehicle engine calibration and data acquisition systems, OBD and engine control systems.

The candidate should also be able to work independently or part of a team, communicate effectively, use self-directed analysis and engineering judgment, and manage a demanding and flexible workload. An ability to travel 10% of the time is also desired.

Contact The Talley Group for more information on applying for these positions.

Importance of CAD Knowledge in the Engineering World Today

May 18th, 2012

It’s safe to say that computer-aided design, or CAD, revolutionized modern day engineering. CAD allows for the easier development of products and product management integration. It also allows for greater modeling and even provides a basis for virtual networking!

In the engineering world, CAD is extremely important and widely used to design and develop products to be used by consumers. This knowledge is a hot commodity for those employing engineers, because of its benefits in the engineering workplace.

CAD Drawing Benefits

CAD drawings offer the flexibility to draft and design in a digital sphere, which were previously done by hand. The digital format makes data handling easier, safer, and quicker. Prior hand drawn blueprints can be scanned and then can be expanded upon digitally. Many CAD programs are now using three-dimensional drawings to maximize productivity and provide quicker, better product results, allowing for the development of the tiniest details.

Project Management Benefits

CAD’s excellent ability for comprehensive documentation and communication allows for an easier product management environment. Team communication is simpler and less stressful due to the easy sharing properties. Engineers working in teams on complex projects can establish a CAD library, allowing for the storing and reference of certain projects.

CAD Networking

The information age has allowed CAD data to be shared throughout the industry, revolutionizing best practices. There are many virtual open CAD libraries providing a wealth of online resources for engineers.

Manufacturers can also supply CAD drawings of products for review before purchase in a way that could not be shared before, allowing for less travel and shipping.

Engineering professionals can also offer advice to the next generation of engineers. Online support is available through a variety of CAD networks.

The Talley Group can help you find the right CAD engineering position. Contact us today!

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