Confused by this site and the use of "Engineer"

Boeing FLJO57
Sep 10, 2017 13 Comments

Just curious.... If seems like 90%+ of posts here are from, and geared towards, software/IT type folks. Am I missing some filter, or is that the key demographic for Blind? I'm a mechanical engineer, and click on a lot of the "engineer" posts, but almost every time it's about software engineering. In know engineering is a pretty broad term, but is the norm here for "engineer=software engineer"?

PS the software engineering salary info here is crazy! ~$200k for a few years out of college?? WtF, I'm in the wrong profession....

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  • Boeing FLJO57
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    Cool, thanks for clearing that up. I had a feeling that was the case, guess I should have done more research on Blind lol.

    And I'm also in Seattle area, agree with he COL. Sucks big time, but damn I'm a mechanical engineer with about 8 years o experience and I am "only" at about $95k. Damn near living paycheck to paycheck lol. I envy you software guys/gals. Though I'm sure it's a damn demanding job.
    Sep 10, 2017 3
    • HouseCanary rBqo26
      Seriously? 8 years as a mechanical engineer only gets you $95k in Seattle? Have you looked for a new job recently?
      Sep 10, 2017
    • Facebook / Other nvm
      Damn... That's what a mech eng in Detroit would make. I would look into switching if you have interest in software. The demand and pay is higher. Seattle is getting huge migration from bay area tech, you're going to get priced out at this rate.
      Sep 10, 2017
    • ExxonMobil / Eng ekabeht
      ME's pay different across fields. I'm in Oil, 9 years, and make 175k in Houston... which is extremely cheap COL and no income taxes.

      When overseas I make multiples of that. I worked in Africa for 3 years and made over $500k/yr.

      I'm heading to UAE now for a few years and will pull down 300k/yr.

      I also have a good 401(k) and pension plan on top of it.

      So - ME's really just matters what field and what you're willing to do.
      Sep 10, 2017
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    • Synopsys rXYK57
      Good advice. In my case hardware design (front end at least) and verification is all high level coding in System Verilog
      Sep 11, 2017
  • Facebook / Other nvm
    Yes. Blind mainly started as a tech lounge for top silicon valley/Seattle companies. We have a separate lounge. So virtually all engineer talk is software based.

    As for the money, yea. They make that much. But also live is crazy high COL areas.
    Sep 10, 2017 1
    • Amazon / Eng pufferduck
      Seattle is not crazy high COL. Just high. For now, at least.
      Sep 10, 2017
  • Synopsys rXYK57
    As a hardware guy I envy Software compensation. And it's frustrating looking back at how I chose the wrong way back in college. I've got a family now so it's not easy to take the career switch plunge.
    Sep 10, 2017 1
    • Facebook / Other nvm
      Depends on how much you make. If you're stuck around 100k-150k it's still worth the switch. If you're any good you will make back money on lost wages around the 3 year mark, the rest is gravy.

      I don't suggest many bootcamps, usually have reactor has a good track record, many students come from tech backgrounds, good network of people go there to recruit. ~20k for 3 months. Alternative is to find someone willing to take the risk on you on a career switch. Have to spend time developing a portfolio to show off.
      Sep 10, 2017
  • Databricks / Eng
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    It is not really that demanding. It's doable with a three months bootcamp. If you know math and simple logic you can probably learn to code. I know meches who switched
    Sep 10, 2017 2
    • Uber / Eng
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      What bootcamps would you recommend?
      Sep 10, 2017
    • Synopsys rXYK57
      +1 yes what boot camps?

      I'm already doing System Verilog for hardware and Python for processing text output from simulations.
      Sep 11, 2017
  • Uber L4a26wg
    It's not too late! Start learning coding today!
    Sep 10, 2017 0