For $25 you can now get a "personal salary profile," showing how much engineers with education and experience similar to yours make. It's a new service of the Engineering Workforce Commission of the American Association Of Engineering Societies (AAES) based in Washington, DC. Here's how it works. You fill out a form describing your background, your location, and the industry you are in. The Commission sends you back your salary profile. For Design News, the commission did part of a sample profile for a non-supervisory engineer with a bachelors degree and five years experience in the auto industry. Results show that the mean salary for such an engineer across the nation is $50,650. A tenth of the engineers makes above $56,850, a fourth makes above $53,950, and the median is $50,500. The lower fourth makes below $47,700, and the lower tenth below $44,750. You can order a profile form by phoning AAES at (888) 400-2237 ext. 209 or 210.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.