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Politcally Incorrect Musings
10th-Mar-2006 10:59 am
I have a job. I'm just looking at what is out there for me now.


Everyone wants VHDL. I don't know it. I am learning (it and C++), but I still don't know it yet. Even still, when I do teach myself this skill set, how do I market it? I'll have zero professional experience with it. Can I put that on a resume? The best I can do is demonstrate some device I designed but that might make me look more like a hobbiest. Companies are not going to want to pay to train me in a skill they need NOW on a professional level.

So the best I can do is design a demo board. I figure I need to do a fully documented design including the project management, BOM, source code, PCB, schematics, power budget, trace impedence, simulations, etc.. The question is, what should it do to demo my engineering skills?

Comms: I'll need JTAG (for programmable devices), and RS-232 at a minimum. USB would be good. WiFi would be a real coup.
I/O: some sort of display device, and some way for the user to interact with the widget.

Does anyone out there have ideas to display my engineering prowess and skills learned that were not used professionally?
10th-Mar-2006 06:57 pm (UTC)
Can you explore them for 'enhancements' to your current project? Your bos might be willing to let you toy with them in your own time, but still apply them to your current work, particularly if you later write something up about how it does or doesn't make sense to use them.
10th-Mar-2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, there is no hardware engineering here. I'd be in hog heaven as a sysadmin or aircraft mechanic. The most complex electronics-related thing I have done was to solder some connectors to an RF cable.
10th-Mar-2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
Can you take a formal class on it, so you can show a 'formal' eductaion in it, instead of being self taught?
10th-Mar-2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
The nearest place that would have a class is 70 miles away. and I don't have the free $$$ to do that.
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