Self Employed Electronic Engineers

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by kiwan, Jun 21, 2014.

  1. kiwan

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    Mar 10, 2014
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    hi

    I wanted to hear from people who work for themselves or work from home and want to know about their experiences and what kind of work do they do (Specialisim) ????? ( I AM MOSTLY INTERESTED IN THIS QUESTION )

    Also I am interested in people view on the future of embedded electronics and what skills are needed to be a competent embedded electronic engineer ???

    What programming language is best for embedded electronics????

    any opinion is welcome

    thank you for your time :D:)
     
  2. MaxHeadRoom

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    My background is in Industrial Electrical and Electronic technology.
    I found a lucrative niche occupation doing CNC retrofits of industrial machinery and some design of small unique servo systems using P.C. based motion cards such as Galil etc.
    A general knowledge of mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulics systems is also an asset.
    My experience is there is relatively very few persons doing this kind of work, but the demand is steady.
    Max.
     
  3. kiwan

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    if you dont mind me asking ...why did you chose that path
     
  4. Brownout

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    I quit my steady job and went into contracting about 1 1/2 years ago. I've only had one job so far, and it lasted 13 months. Since I've been back home, I've worked on a side business that has nothing at all to do with electronics ( I own and manage rental houses ) I've tried getting pick-up engineering work. I also tried to do some free lance IT work, but so far I haven't convinced anyone to let me loose on their systems. I've written numerous proposals for design work, but when I do that, I'm competing against engineers from low wage places, so that isn't working out so well.

    But there's good news on the horizon. I had two interviews last week for contract positions. One customer has indicated that he's interested in having me start in a few days. I've been out of work for 7 months. Good thing I know how to save money :)

    To keep costs down, I purchased a 40' travel trailer, and I take it out to the job location with me. I'd rather live in a park than an apartment too. Last time, I was in Orlando Florida, and the park was nice. It had a nice club house, pool, laundry, fishing pond and hiking trails. And being that it was Fl, I was able to cook out year 'round.
     
  5. joeyd999

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    I assume that by asking these questions, you are considering going it alone?

    Ironically, by asking these questions, you indicate that are not ready for such an adventure.

    Get some experience, learn what you love to do and get good at that. Become superior to your peers in those particular skills, whatever they are. Then, market those talents. IMHO, this is the only way to be successful on your own.
     
  6. MaxHeadRoom

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    I didn't, it chose me;)

    Early on in working with industrial electronics and converting relay logic systems to PLC, I developed an interest in Servo's and motion control in general, and with the advent of CNC controls becoming popular in the 70's/80's I took that path as a matter of course.
    Max.
     
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