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design engineer Career Profile— Female, age 29 (ID #3626)

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1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a design engineer do?

  What field is your job in?


  What is your job title?

design engineer

  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)

about 100 emloyees, 15% in office and the rest is in manual labor. We make customize transfomers for various companies: GE, Toshiba..

  How long have you been employed in this position?

2 years

  How many hours do you work a week on average?

50-60 hrs

  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)

Provide Sales department in quoting new design for customers. Review existing designs before releasing to manufacturing. Redesign if needed in term of out of stock for raw material or to make the unit more efficient.

  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.


  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.


  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)

12 days holidays, 2 weeks paid vacations, 6 days sick leave, flexible time. Regular health insurance, 401k, dental...

  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?


2. Work environment!

  Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Explain

yes. I do not like interuption

  Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?


  Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?


  Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it

  Please rank in order of importance from 1-8 (1- most important 8- least important) Assign each number once.

  • 1 Income
  • 3 Work Environment - co-workers
  • 2 Work Environment - supervisors
  • 7 Benefits
  • 8 Hours
  • 4 Level of responsibility
  • 5 The actual "work" you do at your job
  • 6 Job Title

3. How should someone new to the workforce get a J-O-B like yours?

  If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?

get lots of practice at CAD

  What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours? Please be specific and explain why (e.g., social skills, organization skills, technical skills)

lots of computers skills, ability to communicate with customers, able to ask direct questions, multitasking.

  Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?

BS. in electrical engineering

  What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?

work place is not a glamorous place. It's dirty and messy so anyone wants a nice office shouldn't try it

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