Talk to engineers young and old and you'll see that the field ebbs and flows because of factors like a rough economy and the availability of contracts.
That's according to Ron Loveland, 57, an engineering professional who has recently found himself back on the hunt for a new job.
"Engineering is a good solid field, but you have to be prepared to make multiple changes within your career," he said.
In his own career, spanning more than 25 years, Loveland has held several high-level management positions for engineering, manufacturing and service companies. Most recently, he has worked as a self-employed consultant in the lean manufacturing and lean thinking environment, in which he has helped clients become more efficient in their operations. But since January, he has been hunting for regular full-time employment.
So if there's one thing he's good at, it's rolling with the punches. If there's another thing he's good at, it's networking.
Loveland, a Miller Place resident, is known in the Three Village area as the head of the Job Seekers group at . The group has seen more than 100 people attend meetings over its three years in existence, helping some to find new positions. He started the group as a way to "pay it forward" after people he barely knew helped him find job opportunities in the past.
"The rough economy affected all types of people. Young, old, people in executive level jobs down to people in the trades," he said.
- Spent 13 years with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, located in Stratford, Conn., as a manager for the Black Hawk helicopter program.
- Formerly the business unit manager for Dayton T. Brown, Incorporated, where he led a 50-person engineering and test laboratory that evaluated flight-critical parts for military aircraft.
- Formerly the general manager of Matz-Rightway Heating & Air Conditioning in Hampton Bays.
- BS in Engineering from the United States Military Academy (West Point)
- MBA at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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