Large Update 08-21-14

Well, what to say… A lot has happened, mostly bad.

I Aced my classes during fall of 2013. I had to take my C++ programming final in february because i went to canada for vacation. Like a moron i booked my plane ticket for finals week because i saw that the calender said “end of classes.” I forgot that there is a finals week AFTER the “end of classes.”

So, time comes to register for the spring semester. I decided to just take one morning classes because i was sure i would get the supervisor position that was available at work. So i just tried to add into a chemistry class that i now i need to take since the switch from astrophysics to electrical engineering. Time passed and I was not able to get add into the chemistry class which bummed me out. Then a few more weeks passed and I never got an interview for the supervisor position or even a turn down notice. Later my manager got caught messing people peoples’ time cards and one person caught it and apparently it was going on for months and now owe tons of back pay to all the employees he did it to. The manager, instead of being fired, got demoted and moved to another location. Found out his also shaved his head and goes by his middle name now. While they were cleaning out his crap from his drawers guess what they found… a bunch of peoples’ applications for supervisor and yes, one of them was mine. That is when i started thinking that this place was not for me anymore. That i’m stuck in this position.

So, I made preparations go to school this fall. Nothing was set in stone but the plans and preparations were done. Luckily, another set of supervisor positions opened up. I had all the people behind me, all the people whose approval i needed. I was excited because i knew it was in the bag. I got this! NOPE. DENIED. I had 4 of the 5 people on my site. I had the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th in command on my side. Some how the 2nd in command was influential enough to get me denied AND to add TON of insult to injury; They promoted a person that cleans trucks. Has ZERO experience with the department or what’s involved like i did but the person’s truck cleaning abilities deserved a shot at supervisor. I know what you might be thinking, “Maybe you just suck and don’t realize it” or “you are not as good as you think you are.” That is not the case. I’m intelligent enough to see my shortcomings and my strong points. I already did a lot of supervisory work i’m not supposed to do AND supervisors ask me what to do on a daily basis yet one person thought i wasn’t qualified out of 4 and i get denied. I actually do know why this one person has a grudge against me. The person put their nose in a project they weren’t a part of and it got bruised and this person holds me responsible for it.

Anyways enough of the motivation i had for leaving. I signed up for 15 units. Using a subsidized loan and paying about $600 to make up the difference. I saved up enough money to last me until winter break but even then i need to be really careful with it. I looked at the books i needed and it would have been easily over $600 for 3 books… i dont think so. After some work i was able to only pay about $50 out of the $600. I think it’s completely unfair and unjust that these books cost this much! They are required texts for the class so you have very few options. You can rent a $200 book for $100 or rent a digital copy for the same price. They ask for such ridiculous prices because you are pretty much forced to buy it. It blows my mind that the school can’t get together and just make an online text for a class.

So i start class on Monday. I’ll be putting my homework and files up on here if you are interested or like to tell me that i did something wrong. It’s no only for you but for my benefit as well as it will help me go over the material as well.

Becoming an Electrical Engineer 11/23/2013

The semester is nearly over and I’m doing very well.

In my C programming is going well. Seems that I may be near the top of the class since with this last assignment. I was nearly done with it but there were still bugs in it. We asked everyone coming in and none of them got as far as I did with the assignment. I hope he curves the grade just to make sure I get that A.

It is a fun and interesting class. I just love the flow of logic. I also considered becoming a programmer. I like being able to code something and try it out. Unlike electrical where you put a lot of time into the design, which is lots of fun, then build it and hope you didn’t forget to carry a one somewhere.

My electronic lab is also going well. I’m actually not used to the less accuracy work I have to do. I was very used to measuring everything as accurately and precisely as possible and trying to get tiny error margins. We are very loose with that. We almost seem like we want maximum error margins so we can say that our results fall within error of what we expected. Not good.

I’m about to choose my classes for next semester and it’s going to be a full load of 18 credits. I’m excited and nervous. I’ll have to quit my job and rely on the tiny amount I get from a hobby I do. Guess it will be a job now instead of a hobby. That means no more of anything. No eating out at all and not even a snack here or there. I’m even considering selling my car since I can easily use public transportation to get to college and I’ll be spending my entire day there. We’ll see how finances go before I take that step.

If I’m going to stay all day at school I’m going to most likely need a laptop. I’ve tried to use a computer at school before and they are all always taken. Since the Asus ativ q is probably never going to come out I might go with the Microsoft Surface 2. Black Friday is coming up so maybe I can get lucky and find a really good deal on it.

I think I’ll start posting my finished work on here. As embarrassing as it might some times be. I’m sure it will help others out since it was so hard for me to find stuff. Strangely, finding examples of circuit analysis is difficult. Books I find just give you an example, maybe two, of the idea they are trying to convey. I like repetition to really drive the point home and you run into scenarios and techniques that will be useful later.

Which brings me to another point. College really prepares to stay in college. I mean they want you to get your master’s and PhD and stay in Academia. I’ve heard going around that tech companies don’t like paying people with PhDs because they cost a lot of money and as well they should. I hear that they rather get a person with a fresh bachelor’s degree and mold him into what the company wants. Which kinda works in my favor since I plan to go straight to work after I get the degree and find a place that will pay for me to get my master’s degree.

Not sure about getting the professional engineer test. I hear you only need it if you are going to work for the government. The test is extremely difficult and only about 60 percent of people pass it and it’s even worse if you fail and try to take it again. I’ll probably still try to show that I know my subject since I won’t have any work experience pertaining to electrical engineering.

Becoming an Electrical Engineer 11/05/2013

Not much to say still. I only have two classes and I feel work is cutting into my school work. I had a midterm for my c programming class and the notes I took nearly matched up with the test which made it super easy and I was able to do the extra credit on it.

My lab class is getting much more interesting and intense. Mostly those error calculations are a real pain.

I’m preparing to quit work and go full time for next semester. I’m going to have to cut out a lot of stuff to keep my expenses as low as possible. But since I’ll only have to worry about school and be immersed in electrical engineering I think it will be for the best.

I’m going to be doing stuff on the side to help pay for the expenses I can’t get rid of.

Becoming an Electrical Engineer 9/5/2013

I was able to add both my classes this semester. Was a little worried about my lab since there so many people in it. Then the professor from the other class starts saying that I need some form for him to fill out. Everything worked out so that’s good. Technically I can’t pay for it yet but luckily I get paid on Friday which will give me enough

So far so good, aced my previous 3 classes and I feel confident that I will ace these ones as well.

Maybe I should start posting my actual work.