Mechanical engineer trying to get into tech in the bay area

New dpham
Nov 13, 2019 13 Comments

hello everyone! ive been a mechanical engineer in the med device industry for two years now, but want to switch into a career in tech. does anyone have any advice on how to do this?

side note: I took a data science/data analyst coding bootcamp but I havent been getting my resume picked up :’(

any advice would help!


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  • New / Eng (>’-‘)>
    I was mech eng, worked in federal govt and then commercial construction.

    No shortcuts to jump to tech (swe). I took time off, went through mit ocw courses on my own, and then applied everywhere with some side project and code samples on github.

    defense contractors, small startups, and google were the only places I got interviews. seems like they are more open to non traditional backgrounds.

    not sure if that was helpful at all, but hang in there. if you want it, you just have to persevere. it probably took me 350+ applications. ended up with 3 offers. you got this my guy.
    Nov 13, 2019 2
    • New dpham
      How are you doing now? Are you glad you made the switch?
      Nov 13, 2019
    • New / Eng (>’-‘)>
      i’m glad I made the switch. pay is better and the “culture” in tech is a lot better imo.
      Gearing up for a second attempt at the big tech companies now.
      Nov 14, 2019
  • Google LizardFoot
    I was a biomed engineer in college (after 1 internship I found that working in the medical devices industry was extremely boring), I did consulting in the finance industry after college (didn't want to be in finance but was my only job option right after the recession).

    After a couple of years, I did my MBA full time from a top 15 school

    - interned during b school at Amazon and got offer to come back
    - joined Microsoft full time after b school instead
    - recently quit Microsoft to join Google

    Extremely glad I didn't stay in medical devices or finance. Not saying you have to go back to school but it certainly helped me.
    Nov 13, 2019 2
    • Google AC/TC
      What kind of role are you in now?
      Nov 13, 2019
    • Google LizardFoot
      Nov 13, 2019
  • Lockheed Martin Schz
    You mean not being a MechE anymore or are you looking for a job designing hardware for GoogleX, Uber, Facebook etc?
    Nov 13, 2019 4
    • New dpham
      Yeah I have experience in that field and I def consider Lockheed Martin as a tech company
      Nov 13, 2019
    • Juniper


      Mercury Systems
      Hey, a lot of my old classmates are working in big defense houses if you consider them to be tech. Also yes, typically the bar for MEs in your big name techs are crazy high, due to limited availability....
      Nov 13, 2019
  • Cisco zzzaam
    In terms of polishing your resume, you should check out Jobalytics (link: -- a FREE chrome extension that can identify missing keywords from your resume based on the job description page. Most companies use application tracking systems to filter out resumes -- if you have the adequate keywords that reflect your skills and also match the job descriptions of the roles you're applying for, it could help you tremendously in the resume-screening part of job searching.
    Good luck!
    Nov 21, 2019 0
  • Amazon sBqS40
    Join Ms cs, leetcode everyday,
    Nov 13, 2019 0


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