Paying the EE dues [OT]

Roel Das Roel.Das at
Wed Mar 8 11:42:46 CET 2000

I haven't got any experience being an engineer or paying the dues. But over
here in Belgium, we graduate students get about 6 to 7 letters a week of
companies that are almost begging us to come work for them. Special events
to meet their companies, free film tickets, free McDonalds. They do it
I can really choose the company I want to work for...
Yesterday, I spoke with a guy from some company, (I don't remember which,
might been Philips). They were looking for about 200 EE's. In my school,
there are about 80 graduate EE students... There are far more companies than
That's the fun part, I don't have to worry about getting a job in July, just
about getting a job that I like...


----- Oorspronkelijk bericht -----
Van: "J. Larry Hendry" <jlarryh at>
Aan: <synth-diy at>
Verzonden: woensdag 8 maart 2000 4:43
Onderwerp: Re: Paying the EE dues [OT]

> > From: patchell <patchell at>
> >     I know what you mean.  I purchased my home in '94 when prices were
> pretty
> > depressed up here in Santa Barbara.  Right now, I cannot even afford to
> > purchase my own home (1200 sq ft, 3bd,2bath are at $350K now).  The
> next
> > door (same as mine) is renting for $2000/mo.  I can't figure out who
> could
> > afford that, but they do.
> >
> >     Right now, I am trying to find a new EE job because my current
> employer is
> > not doing well and we haven't had pay increases now for 2 years.
> is,
> > in this area $60K seems to be what the companies want to pay for an EE.
> Oh
> > well, what can you say.
> >
> >     -Jim
> Well, Jim I can tell you...  You guys pay a heavy price to live in that
> part of the country.  Move to the Midwest.  The county on the north side
> Indianapolis, Indiana is one of the top growing in the nation.  Contrary
> popular belief, all that is silicon is not grown in CA.  Delco/Delphi that
> makes damn near every chip and electronic gizmo that goes in 1/2 the
> world's cars in right hear in north central Indiana.  BSEEs in Indiana
> make $60 to 80k.  But, that $350K you get when you sell your house out
> there will buy you a virtual mansion here.  I live in a 2400 square foot
> tri level, 3 BR 3 Bath on SIX acres of woods.  Appraised value is MUCH
> than $150K.  Income to cost-of-living ratio is not much better anywhere.
> Of course, we have that winter thing about 3 months a year.  And, the air
> is pretty clean here.
> Larry (who can actually afford a house) Hendry

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