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    OT: Looking for Mechanical Engineering Position on the Front Range

    Hi everyone, sorry for the OT....

    I'm graduating with a BS in ME this May, and need a job. I'm 33, and owned a Welding and Auto shop for several years before getting my ME degree. My education has focused on renewable energy and engineering management. I am also into DIY home audio, and have more electrical engineering experience than a typical ME. Please let me know if you're aware of any openings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davec113
    Hi everyone, sorry for the OT....

    I'm graduating with a BS in ME this May, and need a job. I'm 33, and owned a Welding and Auto shop for several years before getting my ME degree. My education has focused on renewable energy and engineering management. I am also into DIY home audio, and have more electrical engineering experience than a typical ME. Please let me know if you're aware of any openings.

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    Try Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon in the Denver area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleTrail
    Windmills are going to start popping up on the eastern plains. I would look into who's building them.
    Yes, I took NREL's course on wind turbine design at CU... I've talked to Xcel energy, entry level positions will likely place me as a powerplant tech, but I haven't ruled it out...

    Chewie, Thanks, but I'm not interested in working for a defense contractor.
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    Clipper Wind Power

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleTrail
    Clipper Wind Power

    http://clipperwindpower.com/index.asp

    I saw several on their job board...
    Clipper isn't opening up an office around here, are they?

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    PM me. I'm a mechanical engineer in the HVAC industry. I can give you some good leads. IMO stay away from the defense industry here in colorado.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedell99
    IMO stay away from the defense industry here in colorado.
    Out of curiosity, why do you say that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleTrail
    Windmills are going to start popping up on the eastern plains. I would look into who's building them.
    I read an article recently about a possible windmill farm being built north of Alamosa in the valley as well, supposed to be one of the largest(if not the largest) in the country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleTrail
    I saw several on their job board...
    Where abouts? I only saw an opening for a project manager.

    I think a job in that field would be very rewarding.

    ps. my background is in GIS since mtbr is now apparently a job board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by athalliah
    ps. my background is in GIS since mtbr is now apparently a job board.
    My background is in awesomeness. I'm just waiting for the industry to catch up to my qualifications.
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    Quote Originally Posted by athalliah

    ps. my background is in GIS since mtbr is now apparently a job board.
    And I just thought mtbr was about the grimy awards!

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    ha ha...I deserve that; I'm actually typing it up right now. Work has been insane the past few weeks.

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    There's going to be a windmill factory in Windsor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickle
    My background is in awesomeness. I'm just waiting for the industry to catch up to my qualifications.

    Exactly what industry would that be?...
    Tact is for people not witty enough to be sarcastic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kchri
    Exactly what industry would that be?...
    Awesomeness. Your industry is obviously not reading comprehension.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickle
    Awesomeness. Your industry is obviously not reading comprehension.
    You work at the Denver mint right?

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    My company and I do mechancial work for Lockheed and Ball and it has to be one of the most cyclical buisness in our state. When the they get awarded a contract it is great, but if a contract goes to a competitor your out of a job. I would not want to live my life always wondering if the government gets approval for their latest weapon. Generally the salaries are very high though in defense industry, so if you can secure a postion and build up some tenure, its not that bad to be, but coming out of school your the first guy on the chopping block and have to start all over.

    The windmill factory is on the outskirts of Johnstown/Windsor.

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    This already happened but you could look at the companies that were there and send the resumes.
    http://www.career.colostate.edu/news...eringFair.html
    Click on the companies by major link to find the ones specifically looking for ME's.
    I got a sheet from xcel last week and they did have some positions open in golden and denver.
    Schlumberger does oil and gas and they have an office in Denver. But they are specifically looking for feild engineers. The guy I talked to said they basically try to break you in the first 3 years while you get your General Field Eng cert.
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    This is not exactly the front range but lots of jobs out by grand junction
    OT: Oil work in GJ area....

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    Vestas Wind

    Vestas is having two career forums in Windsor today

    From the FC paper:

    9AM to Noon
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    Vestas temp office 9351 Eastman Park Drive in Windsor

    Vestas is looking to hire 650 people for their new plant in Windsor.

    Sounds right up your alley. You could live in FC, Loveland, Longmont, maybe even farther south, though I'm not sure why you'd want to.

    Hope this helps!

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    The windmill factory is on the outskirts of Johnstown/Windsor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davec113
    I am also into DIY home audio
    Small world, I saw a couple of your post over in the DIY audio board on the TA 10.1 and recognized your screen name. NERD! What are speakers are you using with your TA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve71
    Small world, I saw a couple of your post over in the DIY audio board on the TA 10.1 and recognized your screen name. NERD! What are speakers are you using with your TA?

    Good luck with the job hunting.
    Yup, you're actually the 2nd person who noticed... I posted this same thread in the Denver area at AudioCircle too. With all the audio companies around here I though I'd get an offer, but no luck so far. Of course, I'm not an EE...

    I have Omega XRS speakers... the hemp drivers are the best SD speakers I've heard at any price, which includes a set of $4k Feastrex drivers a neighbor has (yes, $4k just for the drivers, and thats the cheapest model they make). The Trends amp is temporary/backup for when I finish my SET amp using a JJ ecc99 driver and TungSol 6550 power tubes... I have collected almost all the parts, now I just need to find time to build it.

    http://www.omegaloudspeakers.com/super3xrs.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by davec113
    Yup, you're actually the 2nd person who noticed... I posted this same thread in the Denver area at AudioCircle too. With all the audio companies around here I though I'd get an offer, but no luck so far. Of course, I'm not an EE...

    I have Omega XRS speakers... the hemp drivers are the best SD speakers I've heard at any price, which includes a set of $4k Feastrex drivers a neighbor has (yes, $4k just for the drivers, and thats the cheapest model they make). The Trends amp is temporary/backup for when I finish my SET amp using a JJ ecc99 driver and TungSol 6550 power tubes... I have collected almost all the parts, now I just need to find time to build it.

    http://www.omegaloudspeakers.com/super3xrs.html
    Seems SET's are getting more and more popular. I got to listen to a Chinese SET (with 45 tubes?) the other week on some Fostex 6" full range drivers. It was very impressive (first time I've heard a SET amp) and big step up from the TA 10.1 he was selling me.

    Those Omegas are some nice looking speakers. I'm thinking of building up something with a full range driver one day, but for the time being, I've got the daunting task of building some conical midbass horns to go with the Altec 288K compression drivers & Mantaray horns that I found on Craig's List awhile back.

    You know we could be the only two mountain biking engineers with high efficiency speakers & TA 10.1 amp in Colorado.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve71
    You know we could be the only two mountain biking engineers with high efficiency speakers & TA 10.1 amp in Colorado.
    Heh, this could be true...

    Good luck on the horn-speaker project, I'd love to check it out once you get it done. I could see going that route for a big room...

    I heard the 6" fostex drivers in Cain & Cain speakers at RMAF, they were nice, but too rolled off in the highs, at least the whizzerless version I heard... A SET should work really well with horns too, and you're welcome to check out mine when I get it done... I went a little overboard, this would be about a $3-4k amp with the parts I got for it...

    also... JB Saunders (in Boulder) has used (or reconditioned?) Power One 12V linear regulated power supplies that work great with the 10.1 for $15. They also have a 5V output as well...
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    gosh, get a sound proof room... ommkay!


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    Quote Originally Posted by davec113
    Heh, this could be true...

    Good luck on the horn-speaker project, I'd love to check it out once you get it done. I could see going that route for a big room...

    I heard the 6" fostex drivers in Cain & Cain speakers at RMAF, they were nice, but too rolled off in the highs, at least the whizzerless version I heard... A SET should work really well with horns too, and you're welcome to check out mine when I get it done... I went a little overboard, this would be about a $3-4k amp with the parts I got for it...

    also... JB Saunders (in Boulder) has used (or reconditioned?) Power One 12V linear regulated power supplies that work great with the 10.1 for $15. They also have a 5V output as well...
    Yeah the high's were a bit soft on the Fostex, but my ears are out of calibration since those Atlec's are pretty rolled off as well. I'll need to use something else above 10K or at least EQ the 288's top end.

    I'd be great to hear your SET when you finish building it up and of course you're welcome to check out the horns. For the moment I've got them actively crossed over with a pair of VMPS subs performing duties under 500hz. Far from ideal, but at least I get a preview of the 288's midrange without having to commit to building something up. I'll need to sell some gear to fund the midbass horn project.

    Oh and thanks for the heads up on that power supply. I have a 13.8v regulated PS that I'm using at the moment, but that Power One might be a better fit.... I'll have to do some searching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    gosh, get a sound proof room... ommkay!

    too funny.... But I think Dave would agree that we'd prefer a treated room.
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    If you're going to be in Boulder send me a pm, you're welcome to come by...
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    I work in aerospace and like it was said earlier, it's always either feast or famine, but with that said the companies do their best to place you on a different program after yours ends. If there's nowhere for you to go they actually help you find work at another company.

    Also, check out Coors, they always need mech-e's and the starting pay is better than my pay was after 3 years. Though, I'm not sure what all the Coors/Miller merger will do for jobs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davec113
    If you're going to be in Boulder send me a pm, you're welcome to come by...
    Thanks for the invitation... and of course if you're going to be in Denver (I'm near Speer and I-25) shoot me a PM.
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    hey there, im a sophomore ME at CU too... im doing a defense industry internship back home this summer but I've heard that fresh jobs from the bigger defense employers are 50-60 hours a week and hard work. Isnt there an electric car company in boulder too? as well as General electric in longmont (i believe they might be quality control only though). Sorry for the OT, but what senior project are you working on, im always down in durning helping with FSAE

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedell99
    My company and I do mechancial work for Lockheed and Ball and it has to be one of the most cyclical buisness in our state. When the they get awarded a contract it is great, but if a contract goes to a competitor your out of a job. I would not want to live my life always wondering if the government gets approval for their latest weapon.
    You contract for them, that's why its unsteady work, contractors are the first to go. If you actually work for one of those companies they'll stash you in a basement for a few months until they have something else to work on.

    And not everything in space is a weapon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannysocal
    hey there, im a sophomore ME at CU too... im doing a defense industry internship back home this summer but I've heard that fresh jobs from the bigger defense employers are 50-60 hours a week and hard work.
    Lockheed pays overtime after 45 hours per week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ithnu
    Lockheed pays overtime after 45 hours per week.
    Boeing pays OT over 40 hrs if the OT is required and/or manager approved. They're pretty generous with granting it. I've worked for Boeing for over 2.5 years and the times where I have been required to work OT have produced some mighty nice paychecks. In fact, the OT I got one time paid for my custom hardtail.
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    That's funny you bought a bike with OT, that's where my extra $$ went, right into bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ithnu
    That's funny you bought a bike with OT, that's where my extra $$ went, right into bikes.
    I like your priorities.
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    I have no idea what the timeframe is for acting on this but Conoco recently bought a vacant structure (Old StorageTek bldg) in Louisville.

    http://www.dailycamera.com/news/2008...bout-stk-site/

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    I have no idea what the timeframe is for acting on this but Conoco recently bought a vacant structure (Old StorageTek bldg) in Louisville.

    http://www.dailycamera.com/news/2008...bout-stk-site/

    Right in the article:

    "The new campus is expected to be completed in three or four years."

    They are completely nuking the campus and starting over. Sun is not vacating until the end of the year.

    Then, they are building 16 gas stations on the site to train the employees to upsell customers to the 48 oz drink over the 32 oz one. Not sure if a mech. engineering degree is a good fit for one of those positions, but a music degree probably is.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by honkinunit
    Right in the article:

    "The new campus is expected to be completed in three or four years."

    They are completely nuking the campus and starting over. Sun is not vacating until the end of the year.

    Then, they are building 16 gas stations on the site to train the employees to upsell customers to the 48 oz drink over the 32 oz one. Not sure if a mech. engineering degree is a good fit for one of those positions, but a music degree probably is.....
    Sorry, must've linked to the wrong article. The one I actually read mentioned that this place was going to be an R&D facility for wind, solar and hydrogen cell technology... ...not Slurpee machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ithnu
    Lockheed pays overtime after 45 hours per week.
    Doood - Do you work at Lockheed? If so, how about a tour? I can just about piss to Lockheed from my place....well, I can if I have to piss really bad...and I have about a 400mph tailwind...while standing on the roof of my house...and was able to position my body in such a way that my urine achieves laminar flow.
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    what I heard is they would have some sustainable energy r&d, I wonder how much actually, or is it just a talking point?

    Quote Originally Posted by Walt Disney's Frozen Head
    Sorry, must've linked to the wrong article. The one I actually read mentioned that this place was going to be an R&D facility for wind, solar and hydrogen cell technology... ...not Slurpee machines.

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    After graduation last spring I headed to Winter Park and spent the summer in the Front range riding my DH bike and looking for a "real" mechanical engineering job. I ended up blowing my knee out before I could find a job and I had to move back home. It all worked out for the better, a month after I moved back to Kansas I got a call from a recruiter and 2 weeks later I was hired as an R&D full suspension engineer at Trek (my dream job!). I do miss the rockys though, Wisconsin has too much snow that goes to waste (falls on flat ground). Denver didn't seem to have the best job market for ME's while I was looking there (coulda been looking in the wrong places though), I didn't want to work HVAC or design weapons, or do civil stuff. I would think that you probably have a sizable advantage over me though sense you went to CU (I went to The University of Kansas) you should go talk to your career services folk and see if they can help you. Contacting some of the recruiting companys isnt a bad idea either. GOOD LUCK!

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    I don't design weapons, myself and the 1000+ other people on my program work on NASA stuff. No top secret crap, no spy satellites, and no missiles. There's also a lot of people in Denver who build rockets that put up commercial satellites too, ever heard of Direct TV?

    The people at Lockheed who work on top secret programs will never tell you they even work for Lockheed Martin.

    And Don, we could arrange a tour! You just have to go through a background check...

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    I love the whole "government contractors build weapons" trend of thought. Want to know what my entire division of Boeing peeps do? We sustain the systems and hardware in the ground stations that communicate with GPS satellites so that when you turn on your little hand held GPS to log a ride it actually does something. We're so dark and sinister.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickle
    I love the whole "government contractors build weapons" trend of thought. Want to know what my entire division of Boeing peeps do? We sustain the systems and hardware in the ground stations that communicate with GPS satellites so that when you turn on your little hand held GPS to log a ride it actually does something. We're so dark and sinister.

    If you were asked to work on a military project and you refused, would that be bad for your career?


    ...and you ARE kinda sinister, Nick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davec113
    If you were asked to work on a military project and you refused, would that be bad for your career?
    The repercussions of refusing to work on a government project wouldn't be any different than any other job; if you don't work, you won't have a place to work. If you really didn't want to participate on a project, you could request a transfer to another division or project, but continue to work there until that transfer has been granted. They usually grant transfers with no bad blood.

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    ...and you ARE kinda sinister, Nick.
    I'm not sinister... just devilishly good looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davec113
    If you were asked to work on a military project and you refused, would that be bad for your career?

    If I had to work on a military project I'd do it. I don't delude myself, we need the military. I just like the NASA stuff better, I can actually tell people what I work on.

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