Gay Jock Engineers?

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    Jun 09, 2011 9:38 PM GMT
    Generalized stereotype oxymoron?

    I've got two years left of a petroleum (reservoir) engineering degree and was wondering what the engineers out on real jock know now that they wish they knew wen they were in my shoes. I really dont have much of a clue what direction im going to go after i get that shinny ring or even what to expect.

    (im crossing my fingers hoping every engg that answers this thread is stoked on life rolling in cash icon_razz.gif)

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    Jun 09, 2011 9:42 PM GMT
    This is interesting, because I think a gay engineer would be an extreme minority, however I was working on a second bachelors degree at one time in geology (not engineering), and I worked for an oil company once.

    I had someone recently try to befriend me on RJ. He said he was a mechanical engineer. I was suspicious. He turned out to be a fraud.
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    Jun 09, 2011 9:57 PM GMT

    My oldest brother was a mechanical engineer in the petroleum industry. He designed and oversaw the installation of pipeline for companies like Occidental Petrol all over the world. He lived in Peru for five years (Lima), Colombia, Karachi, Yemen and a few others I cannot remember.
    Working overseas, the first $75k of his income was not taxable.
    Good career choice!!
  • swedeinusa

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    Jun 09, 2011 10:07 PM GMT
    Hello my brotheerrrrr. Just finished up a degree in electrical engineering, taking some time off to have fun before I accept the job offers. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 09, 2011 11:31 PM GMT
    I've met more gay engineers than gay pilots.
    Just sayin'. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 10, 2011 12:35 AM GMT
    Software/network engineer here, and also formerly director of engineering for a custom hardware manufacturer with 125 engineers working for me. It was a smorgasbord of geekery everyday -- mechanical, electrical, RF, digital, software, firmware, and on and on.

    There are three things I can tell you about being an engineer:

    1. Stay hands-on technical for as long as you can in your career. Even as a manager, it's valuable to be a technical person unless you want to switch your focus to business development and/or project management.

    2. For me, being an engineer gave me the chance to travel all over the world, and it continues to give me that opportunity. However, traveling a lot puts a serious strain on maintaining your exercise program. So, find a way to improvise.

    3. I love solving hard problems like every engineer. That leads to long hours at the office (or working from home). It can eat your brain and put inches on your waist really fast. Remember to have a life outside of work.

    I guarantee that if you like your engineering classes that you'll have a great career.
  • Karnage

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    Jun 10, 2011 12:43 AM GMT
    Electrical/systems engineer here, and my brother (also gay) is in materials!
  • NerdLifter

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    Jun 10, 2011 12:46 AM GMT
    Mechanical Engineer, Senior at UMD. Gotta make those $$$
  • deltalima

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    Jun 10, 2011 1:02 AM GMT
    civil engineer - environmental here
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    Jun 10, 2011 1:04 AM GMT
    There are a hell of a lot of architect students here.
  • catracion

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    Jun 10, 2011 1:07 AM GMT
    ME degree here
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    Jun 10, 2011 1:19 AM GMT
    Got my BS in Mechanical Engineering, and there was a gay group that met for lunches at Boeing when I worked there. There are definitely plenty of gay engineers out there. I imagine there are plenty of jock engineers too. And then there's the gay jocks. If you want that small intersection of all three though, you probably won't run into as many in your work environment as you like.

    BTW, I didn't stick with engineering... ended up in teaching instead. Plenty of gay teachers supposedly, and I've even met a few gay math teachers.
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    Jun 10, 2011 1:22 AM GMT
    Finish the doggone degree! I went the geology/civil engineering route and did that for 22 years. My regret is opting out of grad school in a petroleum engineering business curriculum. There would have been more options as times and circumstances changed between then and now. Two years is a very short time when looking at the rest of your life. The best times of my life were had while in school. And I hadn't reconciled that I was gay at that time.
  • gooddude1583

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    Jun 10, 2011 1:28 AM GMT
    Biomedical engineering here. The univeristy where I had my beacholer degree (Technion) is a school for almost only engineers and it has a lot of gay people though most of them are not out.
    I'm doing my PhD now so I don't have any good insight as for the future icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 10, 2011 1:31 AM GMT
    Mechanical Engineer for 25 yrs here
  • BoostToChase

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    Jun 10, 2011 1:48 AM GMT
    CS&E
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    Jun 10, 2011 2:01 AM GMT
    IE/OR Engineer here...probably don't qualify for true 'jock' status, but def stoked on life.

    And, as a side note, a gay jock engineer is pretty much the pinnacle of human evolution. What more could you ask for? icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 10, 2011 2:03 AM GMT
    getting my masters in civil engineering (construction/structural)
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    Jun 30, 2011 11:42 PM GMT
    InTrekker saida gay jock engineer is pretty much the pinnacle of human evolution. What more could you ask for? icon_cool.gif

    Yay Team!

    I got the gay, geek and jock "gene", but not the dance or fashion gene.
    How cruel is that? (:

    Still, I'm more fashionable than most of my engineering peers.
    How sad is that? (:

    This topic didn't get a good run, and I know there are more of us on RJ, but I don't think we have even two-dozen people who have responded. icon_sad.gif
  • DCEric

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    Jun 30, 2011 11:45 PM GMT
    Not an engineer, but I'm close to petroleum. Meteorologist (air quality focus), I work at a federal regulatory agency, regulating energy production, including petrol. If you are looking for work, there are a ton of new jobs opening up in the Gulf region, and in the coming months near DC and in Alaska.

    Let me know if you need any help.
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    Jul 01, 2011 4:47 AM GMT
    The butcher the field, the fewer the out gays, no news there.
    Our kind are as thick as thieves in IT areas but not so much outside them. But there are ALWAYS the exceptions: I had a "gay-identifying" bi ChemE jock housemate in college, and enjoyed an epic fling with another.
    Best o' luck!
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    Jul 01, 2011 4:49 AM GMT
    One co op and semester is standing in my way of my civil engineering degree.
  • DerangedMind

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    Jul 01, 2011 4:51 AM GMT
    i was going to be a mechanical engineer once, but it was making me absolutely miserable so I changed my major. i lost 3 years of university workload, and i'm right on the border for being charged out-of-state tuition for having too many hours
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    Jul 01, 2011 4:51 AM GMT
    CE... we handle everyone's shit. Working on the jock part... hell still working on the 'engineer' part.

    And it seemed when I was in school all the homos were in social sciences.
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    Jul 01, 2011 4:52 AM GMT
    Swimmer/Biomedical Engineer here (well hopefully)!
    Gay Enginerds Unite!