I think I may be in the worst of predicaments. I'm about 2 years out of school with about 2 years of experience prior to my finish of schooling. So, when the dust settles, I have the equivalent of 3 years of mechanical design experience and 1 year of energy conservation engineering experience.
I love design engineering, but can't seem to find my groove. I'm currently working in the medical arena doing design work, but I'm more of a CAD jockey than anything else - "Dan, we need a print for this." "Dan, can you draw this for me." Stuff like that. I get treated like I'm mentally incompentent when I don't know something abotu the company or our business (because I was never trained about what we actually do). The medical business is boring anyways. Having a company that has no where for me to go either vertically or laterally doesn't help either. What I'm really looking for is a machine design company to hire me and just take me under their wing. I want to learn.
Some people just don't get that sometimes. I really love what I do - design work - but I want to work for a company that both appreciates that and encourages my need/want to learn and grow. Unfortunately, due to family commitments, I have to stay on Long Island - not exactly the hot bed of design engineering.
Arrrrghhhh, I just needed to vent. Anyone have any good suggestions?