Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
<<   <   Page 2 / 2
parity
User Rank
Rookie
re: How noble is your profession?
parity   12/10/2010 8:14:47 PM
NO RATINGS
For older, unemployed engineers to work pro bono because some shareholders voted them "off the island" does not address the Noble Profession's current problem. Knitting sweaters for the poor would get our engineers off the street while filling the pro bono idea. No, the Noble Profession really needs to take this time to look into the mirror and either accept the status quo and knit Noble sweaters, or use their justifiable discomfort to stand up for reforms which will restore institutional respect for our profession. Currently we have the status "high tech migrant workers" (my construction) and exempt by law to be legally mandated to work 50 and 60 hours per week without overtime. What is Noble about that? What if engineers were to request overtime? Although uncompensated OT was the original bargain, it was also implicit that OT was an occasional but necessary occurrence. All bargains are re-negotiable if both sides agree. What if engineers en mass declined to sign the pro forma assignment of inventions as a condition for employment. What could happen? Suddenly engineers become the owners of their inventions which could reasonably be licensed back to their employers. If the employer later decides to lay him off, his IP leaves with him. That might generate a bit more management respect for engineers. Of course if an engineer decides to leave on his own, he would take his IP with him as well. Yes, yes, there are provisions for shop licenses on the books, but those could be waved if both sides agree. But why should management agree now? By lifting US engineering patents and IP and moving them to China, they have cut our throats (and jobs) with our own knife. The above is engineering heresy, but playing nice is not working. How is the Noble Profession going to get respect? Knit a sweater or work to re-jigger the rules of the game? If the above suggestions are imperfect, make new ones. Without change, nothing changes.

daleste
User Rank
CEO
re: How noble is your profession?
daleste   12/10/2010 4:54:15 PM
NO RATINGS
I am spending most of my time on the job search, but I miss engineering enough that I would like to spend some time on a project.

krisi
User Rank
CEO
re: How noble is your profession?
krisi   12/10/2010 4:27:14 PM
NO RATINGS
Rich: I don't think this is realistic. Unemployed working for free??? Last time I was unemployed I did many things like writing a book and hiking the mountains but still spend most time looking for a new job. I did some volunteering to keep myself busy but it all ended the moment I landed a job, which like most high tech jobs, demanded high level of time commitment. For the idea to work you need employed people to work for free. Every company to follow Google to allow employees to use 10% of their time on whatever they feel like it? Kris

daleste
User Rank
CEO
re: How noble is your profession?
daleste   12/10/2010 2:21:15 AM
NO RATINGS
Ok Rich, I'm game. How do we connect to get started?

qerqwe
User Rank
Rookie
re: How noble is your profession?
qerqwe   12/10/2010 12:26:09 AM
NO RATINGS
This is AGEIST. When was the last time YOU were laid off? Work for FREE? You must be kidding. I agree we have the capacity to do good. Let's look at the workplace.

<<   <   Page 2 / 2


Flash Poll
Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Max Maxfield

Energizing the Young Engineers of Tomorrow
Max Maxfield
12 comments
It doesn't seem all that long ago when I was a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed young engineer. Now I feel like an old fool, but where are we going to find one at this time of the day (LOL)?

Jolt Judges and Andrew Binstock

Jolt Awards: The Best Books
Jolt Judges and Andrew Binstock
1 Comment
As we do every year, Dr. Dobb's recognizes the best books of the last 12 months via the Jolt Awards -- our cycle of product awards given out every two months in each of six categories. No ...

Engineering Investigations

Air Conditioner Falls From Window, Still Works
Engineering Investigations
2 comments
It's autumn in New England. The leaves are turning to red, orange, and gold, my roses are in their second bloom, and it's time to remove the air conditioner from the window. On September ...

David Blaza

The Other Tesla
David Blaza
5 comments
I find myself going to Kickstarter and Indiegogo on a regular basis these days because they have become real innovation marketplaces. As far as I'm concerned, this is where a lot of cool ...