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Old 13-10-2017, 05:00   #1456
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Quote away. Post how you want to post, and what you want to post (so long as you don't run afoul of the moderators). If there are people who don't like it, they can ask for their money back!
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Old 18-10-2017, 11:30   #1457
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I work as a contract design engineer..
Mind if I ask what discipline you do work for? "Design" as in product design, or construction/building related? Are you a Degreed/Registered engineer?
I am asking as I work in the design field also and would like to be able to do it remotely as much as possible. I have worked in Architectural and Structural fields (AutoCAD and Revit mostly), but I am not an engineer of any sort..just a "lowly CAD guy"...I am also attending a local Tech school to learn Mechanical Eng Tech..(solidworks, catia, etc.)
Dream position would be to work as an independent contractor drawing for several firms and making a decent living..however, historically most firms are not interested in out sourcing the production part..for what reason I do not know..seems like a win-win to me.
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Old 18-10-2017, 12:31   #1458
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Don't overlook artistic talent, if you have it. I had an uncle who supplemented his cruising kitty by doing pen and ink drawings of landlubbers' homes, and yachts on the water. He would draw them, which he enjoyed doing, and then approach the owners to see if they were interested in buying them. If they weren't, he framed them and sold them to gift shops. Could be water colors, could be oils, whatever.
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SV Windrush, I also worked as a contract engineer aka "job shopper." My formal education is an Associate Degree in Architectural Design, from Lain Technical in Evansville Ind. Circa 1960. Surprisingly I never had an architectural drafting job. 35+- years in mechanical and aircraft. This was in the old days prior to cad. The employment adds used to read "must have experience with ink on mylar." My first contract job was in Rochester New York with C & D must have been 50 years ago. After ending up in the San Francisco bay area "and a boat to live on." I had enough experience to work on my own ticket. Leaving the job shop out of it. In those days there was a lot of contract work and it was easy to stay employed in the bay area. Ended up in Seattle, contract with the big B. where I retired. I think you can still make it with engineering contract work. Now it seems there are contract jobs in many fields. From medical to bar-tending. My advice would be "find something you like, learn it cold and stick to it. The money will follow." borrowed from Ron Paul, a multi millionaire. Who also ran for president. Try to avoid to many asset splitting divorces, to many mind numbing vices and to many toys. But on the other hand go for it. "And those who were seen dancing, were thought to be insane, by those who could not hear the music." Friedrick Nietzsche, Good Luck.
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Don't think i will have a problem with enough income to stay afloat.

I build web sites from scratch, no paper cutting, as they do not fit in a template mold.
These are wholesale/retail sites along with inventory control.

Set monthly pricing whether i do any work on them or not.

Will wait till next year and get back into programming EAs for equity traders that think they have the magic trading strategy to make them a millionaire overnight.

Programming is certainly a way to have income when still floating around the world.
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SV Windrush, I also worked as a contract engineer aka "job shopper." My formal education is an Associate Degree in Architectural Design, ..
I have been in the architectural field, and now structural field for most of the past 25-ish years. I think with the advent of CAD, the skill level has changed and the need for "specialized" people seems different. Many younger architects do the work themselves..less hand sketching and then handing it to a drafter to put to construction documents..more brainstorming is done on computer than before. The firms I have worked for have hired contract people for in house work, etc. BUT contracting or outsourcing drafting work has happened less times than I can count on 1 hand..it just does not seem to be something that most firms do..I tried to drum up some interest the last time I was laid off...no dice. I would certainly love to work from home/boat with about 3-4 good clients to keep me busy, but I have just not been able to see interest from anyone about doing that..sad really because it seems like something that would work out for all involved...at least I feel like it would work out for me. Lol.
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As you become better known and your CAD work becomes more accepted. The out of house philosophy on work may change. Otherwise a 3-4 month assignment back in house may not be all that bad. Except for the meetings. Good luck with working North in the Summer and South in the Winter. Rarely happened that way for me. I had three six month contracts with IBM in three different facilities. Owego NY Winter, Huntsville AL. Summer and Longmont Colo. Winter. Working for IBM is great. They always have good cafeterias and lots of young beautiful women, right out of High School/College. Plus you are treated with respect as being an expert in your trade. If I had been living on a boat with fewer expenses a six month job would have been enough. In those days I was paying child support so I needed to earn more. Try the Bay area you can move your boat around and sometimes bicycle to work.
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