Technical Career Survival Handbook: 100 Things You Need To Know by Peter Y. Burke

Technical Career Survival Handbook: 100 Things You Need To Know

byPeter Y. Burke

Paperback | November 15, 2016

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Technical Career Survival Handbook: 100 Things You Need To Knowprovides the information needed to survive a technical career, enabling prospective technical career candidates and those currently in technical careers to explore all technical education possibilities, industries, disciplines, and specialties.

This handbook better equips the reader to deal with the tough situations and decisions they have to make throughout their career. Topics include preparing for the workforce, employment challenges, and dealing with on the job situations. This book is a practical guidebook for scientists, engineers, and technicians who apply the principles of science and mathematics to develop practical solutions to technical problems.



  • Offers insights on how to pursue and navigate a technical career
  • Discusses job searches, interviews, offers, and counteroffers
  • Includes day-to-day, in the trenches, job situations that may arise and best practices on how to address them

About The Author

His background includes many years in engineering design, development and management for major manufacturers of rotating equipment: Hamilton Sundstrand, Div. United Technology Corp., General Electric Gas Turbine, Sundstrand Corporation, KAESER Compressors and Worthington (Ingersoll Dresser) Pumps. During the last 25 years, Mr. Burke fo...

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Title:Technical Career Survival Handbook: 100 Things You Need To KnowFormat:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:November 15, 2016Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0128093722

ISBN - 13:9780128093726

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Table of Contents

Part I. Preparing for the Work Force

1. Technical Careers

2. The Big Four Engineering Degrees

3. Other Engineering Degrees

4. Technology Degrees

5. Career Choice

6. College Selection

7. Engineering Technology

8. Graduate School

9. Day Versus Night School

10. Co-Op Programs

11. Internships

12. Alternative College Funding

13. Finding That First Job

14. Geographic Factors

15. Interviews

16. Opportunities for Women

Part II. Employment Challenges

17. Experience

18. Work Direction

19. Manager

20. Management Styles

21. Positions Open Versus Created

22. Specialties

23. Contractor

24. Consultant/Self-employed

25. Part Time

26. Temporary

27. Technical Spectrum

28. Job Titles

29. Job Descriptions

30. Salary Structure

31. Key Employee

32. Nondisclosure Agreement

33. Company Size

34. Company Organization

35. Pensions

36. Training

37. Benefits

38. Public Versus Private Technology Companies

39. Industries

40. Industry Trends

41. Green Jobs

42. Regional Manufacturing Centers

43. Foreign-Owned Companies

44. Manufacturing

45. Engineering Department

46. Plant Engineering

47. Service Companies and Consulting Engineers

48. Government

49. Union Versus Nonunion

50. Utilities

51. Spinoffs, Acquisitions, and Mergers

52. Startups

53. Alliances

54. Joint Venture

55. Job Site Work

56. Commuting/Telecommuting

57. Reorganizations

Part III. The Job Search

58. Resumes

59. Headhunters

60. Staffing Firm

61. Networking/Newspaper/Internet

62. Offers/Counteroffers

Part IV. On the Job

63. The Midcareer Years

64. Technical Library

65. Associations/Societies

66. Seminars/Webinars

67. Publishing

68. Industry Standards

69. Employment File

70. Patents

71. Trade Secrets

72. Professional Engineer

73. Safety

74. Business Plan

75. Schedules

76. Budgets

77. Time Management

78. Specifications

79. Documents

80. Performance Appraisals

81. Decision-Making

82. Project Team

83. Scope of Work

84. Procurement

85. Trade Shows

86. Vendors

87. Meetings

88. Transfers

89. Feasibility Studies

90. Projects

91. Promotions

92. Demotions

93. Layoffs

94. Resigning

95. Relocation Packages

Part V. The Career

96. The Earning Years

97. Success

98. Retirement/Winding Down

99. Parting Advice

100. Glossary