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Slide #1 ECE 4001 L2 © 2008 ECE4001 – Lecture 2 Engineering Careers for ECE/CompE Grads
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Slide #2 ECE 4001 L2 © 2008 Course Information 1. Syllabus posted on T-Square Lecture Topics Objectives/Outcomes Exam Dates 2. Instructor Contact Information for ECE 4001 Bruno Frazier, PhD 223 MiRC 404-894-2030 [email protected] 3. Text Hyman, Fundamentals of Engineering Design, 2 nd Edition 1. ECE 4001 will make use of T-Square for distributing course information and announcements: https://t-square.gatech.edu/
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Slide #3 ECE 4001 L2 © 2008 Types of Business Enterprises Services No manufacturing Communications Engineering Consulting Financial, Legal, Medical Custom Products Low volume (labor intensive) Defense Systems Large Accounting Systems Real Estate Development Standard Products Mass production (highly automated) Consumer Electronics & Software Automobiles Appliances
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Slide #4 ECE 4001 L2 © 2008 What’s It Like “Out There?” As an Engineer in the industry, you are part of a business enterprise The stated objective of every (for profit) company is to increase the wealth of the owners ( shareholders ). If this does not happen, shareholders invest their money elsewhere, and the business will eventually fail. To insure that shareholder wealth increased, every business must eventually turn a profit (a.k.a. earnings or margin) Some short term expenses (like product development) may provide future revenue streams, but these present an investment risk.
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Slide #5 ECE 4001 L2 © 2008 Electrical and Computer Engineering Roles in a Business Enterprise In general, engineering activities fall into one of several expense categories: Research & Development Sales & Marketing Operations General & Administrative Note that expenses directly subtract from profits If Management could eliminate your job, they would!
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Slide #6 ECE 4001 L2 © 2008 R&D Engineering Job Descriptions Research Engineer Applied research to reduce technology risk for future product development Available mostly to those with MS/Ph.D. in ECE Product Development Engineer Applying existing technology and design methods to create new products or services MS ECE or minimum BS GPA often required
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Slide #7 ECE 4001 L2 © 2008 Sales & Marketing Job Descriptions Applications & Customer Engineer Assisting potential or existing customers in using existing company products effectively Entry level positions for BS ECE available, but can require MS The role is becoming increasingly important as high-tech products become more sophisticated Marketing Engineer Identifying customer needs for new product development or customization, and communicating those needs to R&D Often involved in standards development Can require MBA or appropriate business experience Sounds easier than it is (in our experience) Sales Engineer Identifying potential customers (leads) and closing deals for purchase orders for existing products or services
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  • Spring '09
  • FRAZIER
  • United States Department of Energy National Laboratories, Argonne National Laboratory Brookhaven National Laboratory Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Los Alamos National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory Pacific Northwest Na

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