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RE: Career Change Possible - Input Requested

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As with anything else - you need to go with your heart. I've tried going
with what my rationality tells me to do and have never been happy. I'll
never get rich, but I can admit in all honesty that I love what I do for a
living (including the arguments, debates, frustrations and rewards).
This does not appear to be a one-way door and you can always return - with
more knowledge under your belt.
The worst think is to spend the rest of your life wondering if you made the
right choice.

Dennis S. Wish PE

-----Original Message-----
From: Anonymous [mailto:ae1188(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Sunday, December 05, 1999 6:16 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Career Change Possible - Input Requested

I have been involved with architectural structures engineering for three
years, thinking about taking the PE in 1 to 3.  A friend called me up and
offered me a job as a test engineer for construction fork lifts.  Here is
the list of growth opportunities I have there that I don't think I'd get
staying with my current path (no particular order):

Pro E
Data Acquisition
Finite Element Analysis
Heavy Equipment Experience
Test Stand and Procedure Design
Miscellaneous Computer Programming and Control
Future opportunity to design heavy equipment

Going this route would pretty much nix the building design avenue.  As a
Civil, and a rather new one, I really don't know a thing about the career of
a test engineer.  My guess is that, with everything being increasingly
technology and efficiency driven, it is a growing field.

Comments from those who are in the field, and others, would be appreciated.

I'm posting anonymously for obvious reasons.  I hope no one is bothered by