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Five Secrets to Improving yourself as a Tech Engineer

May 28th, 2014

If you think your development as an engineer stops the day you graduate from college, you are sadly mistaken. The best engineers consistently take steps to improve themselves, knowing that this is an effort that ultimately benefits both their current employer as well as their career. Technical professionals must never stagnate.

Let’s take a look at five secrets to improve yourself as an engineer.

Understand the Business of your Current Employer

Remember that technology generally exists to serve the business needs of a corporation — not the other way around. Make it point to learn and understand everything about your company’s work — competition, supply chain, future prospects for growth, etc. Consider going back to school for your MBA, as when paired with an engineering degree, the combination serves your career nicely.

Don’t Let Technology leave you in the Dust

While it is vital to spend time learning the business environment of your company, it remains equally important to stay up to date on technology. Consider subscribing to magazines and journals related to your engineering discipline. Joining a professional association is a great way to network and stay current on tech.

Self-Criticism is Valuable for your Growth

Take the time to set professional career goals and perform the self-analysis necessary to either achieve those goals or set different ones. Being honest with yourself and your technical skill set is a great way to keep developing as a professional.

Take on Challenging Work Assignments

A difficult project at work is a great way to sharpen your technical skills, and possibly your business acumen as well. Be sure to consistently challenge yourself, and you may find that your career is growing by leaps and bounds.

Every Day is a Day for Learning

The bottom line is that the learning never stops for an engineer. Maintain the curiosity that prompted you to enter the engineering field in the first place. Consider getting an advanced degree in engineering in addition to that MBA.

If you need any additional career development advice, talk to the experts at The Talley Group. As one of the top engineering staffing companies in the Seattle area, they are a great source of Seattle engineering jobs in addition to engineering career advice. Schedule some time with them today!

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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