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LJ Brain-Trust - Seeking Engineers

I need some info, and I'm sure many of you possess it. Help!

To the engineers who read my journal:

Are there social networks online for engineers? Places where you congregate and discuss the industry, jobs, companies, etc?

Do you read any publications about your field?

Where would you look to get a new job?

Thank you for your help!

Edit: I'm not an engineer, but looking to learn about where engineers socialize and congregate and look for jobs. All engineering fields are applicable, but especially mechanical, municipal, and electrical.

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haptotrope
Aug. 22nd, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
read things by danah boyd and her blog-list/readers

www.zephoria.org
archers_elegant
Aug. 22nd, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
You drive a train for a living?...Cool!


grin
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jadia
Aug. 22nd, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
Depends on what kind of engineering...IEEE is the big one for electrical engineers. (ieee.org) You can find their publications from there...
ciani
Aug. 22nd, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
ieee.org is also for computer professionals. (I don't know what BM does!)
odelenu
Aug. 22nd, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
I know this might be laughable to some but I know people that use facebook as their professional image. It is far removed from the myspace style of networking. I know of two people that found new jobs just by networking on that platform.
boymeat
Aug. 22nd, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC)
Not laughable at all. It looks like facebook and linkedin both could be stellar.
litovka
Aug. 22nd, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
I was about to suggest LinkedIn. When I was job-hunting recently, most promising leads were actually through friends, but some were through dice.com, mostly of contracting variety. This was for software jobs though, I'm not sure what type of engineering you're looking for.
viviane212
Aug. 22nd, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
I read Scoble, Danah, Susan Mernit, et al. regularly.

Facebook *before* LinkedIn.

Read this: http://tinyurl.com/2s7vlt


maymaym
Aug. 22nd, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
What kind of engineers? Also, what kind of work? If you tell me a bit about what you're looking for, I could probably email you tons of referrals that I get from recruiters who are constantly trying to recruit me for this or that other computer job. If, of course, you're talking about computers after all.
ciani
Aug. 22nd, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
I'm on LinkedIn. It seems like it could be what you want.
visage
Aug. 22nd, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
As other people have said, this is probably going to vary by engineering discipline.

Are there social networks online for engineers? Places where you congregate and discuss the industry, jobs, companies, etc?

Facebook and Linkedin seem to be winning in this space right now, as far as I can tell.

Do you read any publications about your field?

Not any in dead-tree format, and not dependably anything online.

Where would you look to get a new job?

Networking through friends and acquaintances. As far as I can tell, that's how everyone wants to hire, and it's a huge advantage that I can get out of where I went to school.
nipper_dawg
Aug. 22nd, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
The only one i am a long standing member of is Society Of Automotive Engnieers. i have been to a couple of confernces, nothing big.

i find a lot of engineers on the automotive discussion boards that i am on.
sirkenandsubg
Aug. 22nd, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
This is Ken - each engineering field has tons of magazines. These are mostly driven by advertisers and peers writing papers/articles usually oushing some process/product they have developed.

Waste Age, Power Magazine, come to mind. There are also many professional organizations, and their journals/events tend to carry more validity within the community - ASME, ASCE, NSPE, IEEE, SAE, AiChE are some that come to mind. Many engineers also tend to hold close ties to academia, so that is a way for companies to help get there name out there.

As far as job hunts, all these pubs usually have a classified section. In addition, head hunters are pretty common tool. My experience within my hiring activities has usually been referrals, or lureing people away from a consultant, agency, or competitor. Feel free to e-mail off list if you have more questions.
lil_laurel
Aug. 22nd, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
I'm a civil, and used to be part of SWE (Society for Women Engineers, which lots of men are part of and has lots of job listings) and check ASCE once in a while. Other associated professional organizations help too, like American Water Works Association for me. Networking seems to be the number 1 way for jobs though.
clayman
Aug. 22nd, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to get out of engineering and go back to my former life of Credit Card Risk Management. Any ideas about that?
evila
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
slashdot
openscenegraph e-mail list ( When I am feeling 3d )
used to be on the Performer list and even got a guy who became a friend to
bring a bottle of single malt for me when he moved here :)
justabear
Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
Most of the ones I know have been mentioned:
NSPE is registered professional engineers, like many civil, muni/local government, mechanical, etc. engineers.
IEEE and ACM (assn for computing machinery) are both good for computer geeks, and the former is for electrical engineers too. ACM has a lot of academia listings for computer science and software eng.
SAE is for automotive engineers.
Here's an obscure one - ISEE deals with explosives engineers, mostly in the context of mining and civil engineering.
The NDIA used to be an association for ordnance engineers, but now it's mostly a defense lobbying group.

Oh, and I used to belong to all of these at one time or another.
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