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Old 09-05-2008, 06:50 PM
 
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Hello all,

My father-in-law is an Engineer with over 25 years experience in Civil Engineering and Fluids and Propellant Engineering. He is currently working for Kennedy Space Center in FL but his contract is almost over so he is looking for work. What kind of opportunites are there in Houston for his skill set? Unfortunately he does not have a Bachelor's degree. But I am hoping that his 25 years experience and his specialized certificates will help him land a job. Does anyone have any suggestions on how we can find a job that will match his needs? Does anybody know of a company that might be a good fit? Thanks in advance for any help.

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Old 09-05-2008, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Katy, TX
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I'm sorry but it drives me crazy when people call themselves engineers with no degree. At first I was going to say "Yeah, there are TONS of civil engineering firms looking for engineers" but no way will any of them take anyone without a degree. In fact, the Professional Engineering board (I forget what they're called exactly) has lately been pushing legislation and litigation in some states over anybody being called an engineer without a P.E., mainly because of all the "software engineers" around.

Anyway, it's not to say that someone with his skill set isn't highly valuable to somebody, but finding that perfect fit is really tough. I know some refinery operations people don't have degrees, but that can be tough work. I suppose if I were him I'd look into that, there are several major refineries just outside Houston.
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Old 09-05-2008, 10:39 PM
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In my office, without a degree, he'd be called an engineering tech.
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Old 09-06-2008, 07:17 AM
 
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Old 09-06-2008, 03:11 PM
 
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Yeah, an engineering tech sounds right. Maybe try looking for positions advertising for engineering techs!
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Old 09-06-2008, 06:13 PM
 
Location: South of Houston
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Engineering tech is not the correct position I would seek. I believe designer would be more appropriate and that is the position I would encourage you suggest he look into. All of the major oil and gas engineering firms are hiring. Several of them have job fairs and I do believe I heard that Stone and Webster is having one on the 12th of this month (heard that on 740AM radio). It would be a major plus to have CAD and 3D modeling skills, but CAD in todays world is a must.

Have your father-n-law apply at companies like Mustang, Worley Parsons, Fluor, Jacobs, Shaw group (Stone Webster), etc. With 25 years experience, he should have no problem landing a job here in Houston. They all offer positions as either a contract or direct employee.

Best of luck...
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Old 09-06-2008, 06:44 PM
 
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BoydS... Thank you very much for your valuable input. I appreciate you not harping on the fact that apparently he isn't a real "engineer". Thank you again.
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Old 09-06-2008, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Wexford PA / Clear Lake TX
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BoydS... Thank you very much for your valuable input. I appreciate you not harping on the fact that apparently he isn't a real "engineer". Thank you again.

I work in the field. Much of the attitude about who's a 'real' engineer and who isn't is simple arrogance and elitism.
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Old 09-06-2008, 07:02 PM
 
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I work in the field. Much of the attitude about who's a 'real' engineer and who isn't is simple arrogance and elitism.

Well put tstone!
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Old 09-06-2008, 09:08 PM
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I don't care who has an engineering degree or not. But if you say you are an engineer, I think it's expected that you are degreed. I know some without a degree who have more knowledge than some with - I am just trying to offer realistic advice - not trying to put anyone down for not having a degree - I don't have a degree in my field, and of course, I am the best :-) (my degree is in art - but I managed to make a good living anyway :-)). In my office, anyone with engineering knowledge and without a degree is called an engineering tech - some may use "designer" or other terms. It doesn't really matter what you call it, because in Houston, at the moment, the market it very good and he should have no trouble finding a job.

Probably the "safest" route would be to not to list himself as an engineer , but rather to to just put forth a resume saying that he is looking for a job in the engineering field (maybe listing some specific areas he would like to work in) and list his experience. Submit that to every contract firm or engineering firm and believe me, they will contact him (experience is hard to come by these days) - he will surely get offers, be it as a tech or designer or whatever. But with or without a degree, 25 years experience will not be wasted in Houston.

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