If you will indulge me for this one blog post, I would like to say that after a month and a half of unemployment, I have accepted an offer at a Mechanical Engineering firm in Salt Lake City as a Mechanical Designer. I am truly humbled and grateful to be back in the workforce again, especially since most people I have talked to have been unemployed for months; even years.
The Mechanical design field is a departure from what I have been doing over the past 10 or so years. I have been involved in the civil field doing things such as subdivisions/land development, stream restoration, highways, bridges, and hydro-electric plants. I have been on the Civil 3D beta team since its inception. I have been blessed to meet many great and knowledgeable people in the civil field, and have been fortunate to have been a Technical Editing and co-authoring several Civil 3D books through the years.
So one might ask, “Why the change”? The answer is quite simple for me. Without getting religious (I am trying to keep this blog non-demoninational), I believe that everything happens for a reason and this is what I am supposed to be doing at this time. I have done HVAC/Plumbing before right out of trade school. I did it for a little over 9 years and thoroughly enjoyed that field. I had the opportunity to going out on job sites such as the Hershey chocolate plant in Hershey, PA, the Twizzler plant in Lancaster, PA, the Pepperidge Farms bakery in Downingtown, PA and many cold storage warehouses. It was exhilarating to see what I designed on paper actually be installed. I got to go to places to perform field surveys and was given the freedom to actually design many Mechanical rooms for some of those mentioned. One of the more memorable places I visited was a facility where they produced freeze-dried coffee. I had the opportunity to do a field survey of their blast freezer. Mind you, the temperature in that room was a pretty constant -40F and in front of the blast chiller coils, it was -170F 😉
So I leave the civil field as some good and bad memories to embark on an old friend. Back when I was doing it before, my time was split between board drafting and AutoCAD release 9. Now, a product called Autodesk Revit MEP will be my main tool. It is not a perfect software package; it has its flaws. But consider that Revit MEP is about 5 years old. It has some catching up to do with its big brother Revit Architecture. And it IS getting better with each new release. I would like to think people such as James Wedding, Dana Probert, Jason Hickey, Louisa Holland, Lisa Pohlmyer, Bill Frederick and many others for their help with Civil 3D over the years. I hope I am not an enemy now that I am on the “other side”. I’d like to thank Melanie Perry for her encouragement of getting into this field again.
I’d like to leave this blog post with some thoughts on employment and some data to consider. In the time I was unemployed, I sent out roughly 60 resumes.That was broken into the following methodologies:
- Blind send – Open up the Yellow Pages, find a firm and send your resume asking if there are any opening that match my skill set.
- Answering Ads – When something opened up that peaked my interest and was a compliment to my skill set, I send a resume.
- Networking – This involved talking to people and using the great social networking tool called LinkedIn.
If I were to break down those methodologies into a chart, it would look something like this:
So, one can clearly see (and it should be nothing that you don’t already know) that networking; talking to people who are in the field, asking them for names or leads, and then continuing on from there is the most effective way to land a job. For your information, here is the time sequence from the time I sent in my resume until I accepted the job: Thursday, called the network lead to see if he knew of any openings, he told me to send in my resume to his company. 3 hours later, a phone call form the company asking me to come in for an interview on Friday. Friday, went in for interview. Felt it went well. They said they would make a decision the following week. Monday, received phone call with verbal offer of employment. Emailed copy went out 1 hour later. I reviewed, talked it over with my wife (important step!), and emailed acceptance letter same day. Of course, your mileage may vary.
But it goes to proves that it IS who you know. And now with that, I am pleased to announce that my blog will continue on and hopefully I will pick up a few cool tips and tricks that I can share along the way. Until then, I am humbly Rick Graham, Revit Convert/newbie! 🙂