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Anyone Need an Engineer?

So, the Pratt & Whitney contract ended slightly over a year earlier than anticipated, and while unemployment keeps the wolf from the door, it doesn't do much about keeping the roof over the heads.  He's doing the usual - checking the job boards, registering with the headhunters, etc., but every bit of networking helps.  So... anyone know any place who needs an engineer?  Keywords: mechanical, hydraulics, pumps, a little bit of pneumatics.  He's worked on aircraft, racing sailboats, and I think the bearings were for cars.  Not quite planes, trains, and automobiles, but close.  He's worked on military contracts, so mil-spec is very familiar.  Project engineer is worth looking into, but design engineer is the ideal.

Don't ask me exactly what it is that he does - I don't understand.

Relocation is not an option, but he'll commute farther than *I* think is reasonable.

Unfortunately, we're back on the merry-go-round.  If anyone has any leads or ideas, drop either of us an email.

This has been an entirely self-serving announcement.  We now return you to your regularly scheduled reading.


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May. 5th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
I will keep haunting the UTC listings.
May. 5th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
You've been great - thank you so much.
May. 5th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
Urgh. I remember Greg telling me about UTC's layoffs, but was thankful that it hadn't hit Dorigen. :( Sorry that it caught up with him...

What driving radius is he willing to consider for a commute?
May. 5th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
I was driving an hour ten minutes to Guilford. For the short term I'd do an hour twenty.
May. 5th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
That would be Bob - he hasn't learned to sign his posts. :-)
May. 6th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
:) At least you knew whom I was referring to. ;)

I had a thought about contacting Greg's sister. She works for Sikorsky, but since UTC is the umbrella for Sikorsky, H/S, P/W, Otis, Darwin, and at least a few other smaller companies, it sounds like John's offer to keep an eye on the UTC employment boards covers Sikorsky's side of things, no??
(If no, then I can ping Erin to see if she's seen anything of interest on their job boards).
May. 7th, 2009 11:50 am (UTC)
Please have your sister look at the Sikorsky boards. John's view seems to be centered on PWA's listings and as I understand things, Sikorsky is a very separate branch of the UTC tree. Thanks so much.

Bob (learning to sign)
May. 7th, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC)
Not a problem. Greg seems to think that UTC's recent layoffs won't bring up much, but when business does start to pick up for them again, openings should start appearing here and there. I'll go ping Erin and see if she can just keep her ear to the ground over there.

It's too bad NUWC Newport isn't NUWC someplace in CT, too...
May. 6th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
Which town are you guys in again?

Do you mind if I nose through the local newspapers out by us? We live in a business park, too. Plenty of mfg jobs, some of them do business with the US Gov't.

I'll assume GD is out of the picture, since they're on the shoreline and you're not.
May. 6th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
Would I mind? Heck, I'd blither with gratitude!

We're in Burlington. Shoreline is good, chunks of Massachusetts are good. When we first moved to Burlington he was driving down to the shore in Guilford, and when we were in Middletown he was driving up to Springfield. If it's in CT, it's worth consideration.

That would be great!
May. 6th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
Slightly out of range, but....
While following instructions on filling out a visitor request form for NUWC Division Newport, I saw in big letters that they are looking for engineers. But that's Rhode Island.

Here's the link anyway:
May. 6th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Well, USAjobs.gov lists a lot bunch of engineering positions at Westover AFB in MA, and a few at Groton too, though I think they both may be a little outside sensible commuting distance, even for the short term.
May. 6th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
H'well's on a hiring freeze--but I've passed the word to a couple co-workers who might have connections. Fingers crossed.
May. 6th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
I somewhat hate to even mention this but the US is taking on a lot of civilian engineers for work they are doing overseas. I'm not thinking of Iraq or Afghanistan but more places like Horn of Africa where I was stationed. This would mean 6 months or more of his being away from home but in some of these areas it's tax free and good money.

I'll keep praying that he can find something much closer to home however.
May. 7th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
For obvious reasons, that's not our preferred choice. It's good to know about though.

We're always thankful for the good thoughts!
May. 7th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
If Bob's considering changing industries, Rexam Beauty and Closures is just 20 minutes from you guys. They do packaging for cosmetics (why yes, this company was one of our suppliers when I used to work for PVM Int'l).

While I am not sure if my main sales contact is still there, it might be worth dropping a resume there, if you're interested in something pretty close to home and don't mind a change in industry.

Otherwise, I'll keep sifting through stuff over here....
May. 7th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
For a while we were actively looking for a change in industry. Preferably one that wasn't inextricably linked to the current temper of and the current administration. Any input is useful input!
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