A Guide Electronic & Automotive Engineering Careers.
A Guide Electronic & Automotive Engineering Careers.

Working in electronic and automotive engineering careers can be difficult to get into without the relevant information. There are many routes that you could go down to achieve this profession but it can be hard to decide what would be best for you and your lifestyle.

 

Many people decide to go down the hands on approach, with many schemes offering a variety of options to begin your training. As there are many different aspects to this career area you will need to think about what it is you actually want to do. Some great examples of jobs you can do within this industry are:

 

  • Mechanic
  • On site engineer
  • Garage manager
  • Designer
  • Sales
  • Reviewing parts

 

I would say that getting some preliminary information is a great way to look into this career. Some of you may choose to visit green-4-u to get a feel for what it would be like working in the automotive field and begin researching in preparation for your new venture.

 

Although there is a lot of preparation and stress involved in finding out which job suits you the best, you do need to remember the importance of doing something that you enjoy, my advice would be to take the time to look at what jobs are available to you. There’s no rush to do this and at the end of the day this is a life changing decision.

 

Electric and automotive engineering careers are readily available, with the proper consideration as to what would be the correct role for you and of course should you be lucky enough to have skill and qualifications under your belt you could have a very successful career. However for those of you without qualifications do not worry, there are a range of options available to you to get yourself into the role.

New Drone Technology Will Allow Company to Plant 500 Billion Trees by 2060
New Drone Technology Will Allow Company to Plant 500 Billion Trees by 2060

The world is a beautiful creature, its plants and animals all compliment this unique and wonderful planet, but over the years we, as humans, have used so many resources to benefit us as necessities.

The people over at Dendra (a company based in the UK) has a goal to plan over 500 billion trees. This massive feat will be achieved, hopefully, by 2060, which is wonderful but more work for those in the tree cutting. So that the tree trimming in Texas and other states will continue.

‘How are they going to do this?’ you might ask. With Drones! The tech in 2020 is absolutely astounding, especially drones, from delivering amazon packages to closing airports they have so many benefits. The way that these lucrative people intend to re-forest the world is that they will equip these flying robots with seeds, and they will float, and plant 120 seed pots a minute. When we do the math that is 2 trees tree per second! Wow!

Before we leave the Math for now it was found that it would take 400 teams of duos with just under a dozen drones, this would mean that 10 billion trees could be planted per year. Another benefit, it’s cheap! Far cheaper than it would be by hand. Another benefit of flying machines is that there are areas that are much more difficult to get to by foot then by mechanics meaning that the robots beat out humans once again.

Now let’s have a closer look at how the process is going to work. Using satellites and images, the people over at Dendra have found the most destitute former-forests, and with the specialized seedpod (within being a seed and nutrients) they will shoot, with an air pressured push, into the ground. They then grow with the catalyst of water being sprayed upon the sod.

Back to the Math, sorry. With this double whammy of speed and accuracy it can restore any green area 150 times quicker than just manpower, and as a stated earlier 10 times cheaper.

This is a game-changer in the environmental work, and will very much benefit the whole earth, without a doubt. Yet as the earth carries on revolving higher levels of tech has to be created to satisfy the modern needs.

We lose 27 football fields every minute, so the fact that we can refill those with the speed in which it now can be done. 80% of people in the United Kingdom are slightly or very worried at the course that we are taking in terms of what is happening to trees, so a solution is very much welcomed.

With the age of environmentalists getting younger every day, like Greta Thunberg, it is the time now to act, as if we wait to long, and everything keeps depleting then it will take much more than drones and Dendra to reverse the damage that we have done.

Our Top Picks for Electronic Engineering YouTube Channels
Our Top Picks for Electronic Engineering YouTube Channels

YouTube has a channel to cater to any interest or hobby and a side of YouTube that not everyone is familiar with is electronic engineering. This is a small niche hidden among the more popular videos on YouTube and offers a lot of education and entertaining content, here are our top picks for Electronic Engineering channels that you need to see.

 

ElectroBOOM

This channel has been around since the very start of YouTube and still consistently uploads at least once a week. This channel is great to watch as you can tell that the content creator is really having fun making the videos. His videos include fixing electronic devices and really getting into all of the internal components with deconstruction. It’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole with this channel and you’ll find yourself learning while also having a really enjoyable time.  What is good about ElectroBOOM is that he doesn’t just cover basic electronics like phones and laptops, he talks about a lot of old and new technology.

 

 

SparkFun Electronics

This channel is slightly more obscure and they advertise themselves as a bunch of geeks having fun. You can tell that these guys really know their stuff so if you aren’t too familiar with the terminology, you might find yourself slightly confused.  They talk a lot about electronic theory and really focus on the scientific elements rather than the aesthetic qualities of the tech. They also focus a lot on individual components so it’s a good channel to look at if you are contemplating buying parts for any of your tech. They have a few fun series too where they challenge their knowledge so it’s not all just educational and you can sit back and laugh at this channel.

 

 

SmarterEveryDay

This is a surprisingly big channel and you can tell why, these guys don’t do things in half measures. This channel does not focus entirely on technology anymore, though if you look at their older videos you will see a catalogue of electronic investigation. These days they do big scale activities such as looking at how rockets are made. This channel does follow some of the more gimmicky trends on YouTube and it’s easy to understand why. Electronic channels aren’t too popular so following a lot of these trends is an easy way to get growth. However, if they wanted to grow their channel without compromising any of their content they could always buy some views to get them boosted onto the main page. Buying views on YouTube is super easy  and would be a great way to get your channel out there.

 

GreatScott!

This is a fantastic channel because of its low budget charm. This is a reasonably popular channel but they continue to stay down to earth and clearly love what they do. They review existing electronics and also build their own fun gadgets out of whatever equipment they can find. This is what really makes the channel fun to watch as you are just watching someone having fun and figuring out what they can do with what they have

 

 

The Best Tech & Engineering Majors for Becoming a Mobile App Dev
The Best Tech & Engineering Majors for Becoming a Mobile App Dev

Entering the field of mobile app development can seem extremely complex. Due to its status as a relatively new industry the road to becoming a mobile app developer can appear to be quite mysterious. This passage will list the best tech and engineer majors to take at college in order to enter this industry.

 

The most obvious major for this field would be in mobile app development. A major in mobile app development will provide you with a foundational knowledge in the field of mobile computing, provide you with a hands on experience with numerous mobile application software, an understanding of the ever changing world of the mobile application development, learn about mobile encryption and understand the future of mobile devices. As it is a major in mobile app development then it will provide you with a specialized knowledge in the field, and though this may have a chance to shoebox your technological career, if you are certain mobile development is the career for you then such a major is perfect.

 

Perhaps the most popular major for the field of mobile app development would be computing science. To speak in Layman terms computing science is the study of algorithms, and how said algorithms can manipulate, communicate and store data. In the field of mobile app development these learnt skills will be used to write the software for an app, design an app and even create micro transactions or redemption codes within said app. The computer science major has become so entwined with mobile app development that even ivy league colleges like Harvard have begun to offer computing science and mobile app development as one unified major. For a more general and less specialized major, when compared to straight mobile app development, that will still offer you a pathway to mobile app development then computing science is perfect for you.

 

The final major to be mentioned in this passage is software engineering. In many regards software engineering is extremely similar to computing science. The key difference is highlighted by their names computing science focuses on the physical science behind computers, meanwhile software engineering is the study of the software systems for computers. This major will focus on software testing, design and specifications. These skills will be instrumental in the creation, the maintenance and the growth of a mobile application. Like the major of computing science, software engineering does not necessitate a career in mobile app development, but the two are extremely entangled.

 

All three of these majors will provide you with the skills to have a long and successful career in mobile app development. As of 2018 the mobile app industry was said to be worth over 58.7 billion dollars. This ever growing industry can now provide you with roles in app maintenance,  app growth, in app advertisements, data accumulation and in app micro transactions. Try keep in mind the fruitful nature of this industry, when choosing your major at college.

A Guide to Making the Most of Snapchat For Engineers in 2020
A Guide to Making the Most of Snapchat For Engineers in 2020

Snapchat is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world right now. It allows  you to take funny pictures, keep friends up to date on your life and also save and view important memories.  Snapchat has a lot of incredibly useful features and you should really make the most out of all that it has to offer.

 

Bitmojis

Snapchat began the use of bitmojis a couple of years ago and they are a really fun feature. It allows you to make a miniature version of yourself, embodying elements of yourself like what you wear and your characteristics. Because of Bitmoji’s wide variety of feature options, you can make a pretty close version of yourself. This is great for those of you that don’t like taking pictures of yourself as you can set it as your avatar.

 

Shazam

Not many people know this, but Snapchat is linked up with the Shazam app. When you’re in camera mode on the Snapchat app and a song is playing, you can hold down your screen and your phone will tell you which song it is. This is useful if you have forgotten the name of a song you really used to like or if you’re taking part in a pub quiz and really want to win. It’s just a really cool feature that not many people use so make sure you play with it and see for yourself.

 

Groupchats

Group chats are fantastic for not having to message each person individually. It’s also great if you want to call multiple people at once, due to Snapchat’s group chat calls feature. When you have access to all of these funny filters, it’s nice to be laughing together as a group and means nobody gets excluded from from any funny stories.

 

 

Games

A newer feature that people have really been enjoying is the new games. There are a number of fun games you can play with your friends, from Snake Squad to Bitmoji Party. These are actually really fun games and are a good way to pass a little time while also competing against your friends. It’s a good way to start little spats and form alliances within your group, it also gives that unused Snapchat group chat a little purpose.

 

The filters

The filters are probably the most famous feature on Snapchat and what skyrocketed it to the popularity it has today. These are a fun way to alter your appearance or make yourself appear more attractive. Some filters even become games that you can share with your friends, which is another fun way to connect with people that you’re not with.

 

Little tricks

To make the most out of Snapchat you should take a look at all of its little tricks that may go unnoticed. One of these tricks is being able to know if you’re blocked on snapchat. The way to do this all you need to do is check your friends list and if their name isn’t there, you’ll know that they’ve blocked you. You can also know if someone has declined your friend request if their Snapchat stories appear in your subscription section, but this will only happen if their Snapchat isn’t private.

 

Snap maps

Snap maps is one of their newer features and allows you to see where  in the world your friends are. This map literally shows which exact building they are in so you can always keep an eye on your loved ones. One of the most interesting parts of the map is the stories. These are stories from people in different areas all over the map and gives  you the opportunity to see what is going on around the world. Snapchat is on the forefront of connectivity around the world and the ability to use maps only makes us closer.

 

My eyes only

Snapchat is one of the only social media platforms that allows you to add extra security to your pictures. My eyes only is perfect for keeping private images hidden because to access these pictures you have to put in a code. This is perfect if you have any embarrassing images that you don’t want to keep open on your phone.

Should Your Software Use Short URLs
Should Your Software Use Short URLs

Should your software use short URLs? There are many advantages to using a short URL for your software. Firstly, it’s a lot neater when advertising a certain sub-heading or page on your website. For example, say we used toroox the new URL shortener for your cloud-based file drive, let’s call it www.greatfiledrive.com/USHAKEYDHSNJ/126. Toroox would shorten this to the much more appealing to the eye. With Toroox and many other URL shortening services, you can also earn money from when the shortened URL is clicked. Shortened URLs are also good for tracking purposes.

If you would like to track how many clicks a certain link gets – say one advertised by one of your employees, a shortened URL is able to do this and is useful for statistics and to see if you are deploying effective advertisement. Shortened URLs also promote sharing, especially through social media with character restrictions like twitter. But shortened URLs also come with a huge downside, people sometimes don’t trust shortened URLs and won’t click on them for a start, this will stop traffic to your site.

Also, short URLs have major security issues when it comes to a short URL containing a link to a private file or details. It has been known that shortened URLs of Microsoft’s OneDrive has easily revealed people’s private information and files to hackers. Using brute forced methods, which is an attacker using an extremely powerful set of CPUs to generate many different short URLs to eventually find one with information or files worth stealing, albeit OneDrive has worked on not allowing a set of computers from one area to spam the server.

Overall, there are many advantages to using short URLs, but there are some disadvantages depending on your clientele, market and if your software contains private content not for the eyes of everybody.

7 DIY Projects for Tech Geeks
7 DIY Projects for Tech Geeks

Build a PC

If you’re reading this article and consider yourself a technology enthusiast and haven’t build your own PC before, you’re being a geek wrong. The euphoric buzz of selecting the parts from the case, GPU, CPU and motherboard is an exciting process. Once you create your own PC, it becomes apart of you, your pride and joy. Water-cooled? AMD or Nvidia GPU? Intel CPU? Then comes the handy work, putting all the parts together then get it running. Will it be dual booting? Windows for your daily functions and Linux for your more devious escapades? Unlimited choice and creation; you can create your own Frankenstein of a computer.

Build Your Own Amazon Echo

Using a Raspberry Pi; a beginner instrument for all technology geeks, you can create your own Amazon Echo, even with the Alexa responding feature. For this you’ll need a USB sound card, a push button and a speaker. You’ll need to get an Amazon developer console account to download the tools. You’ll need to be well versed in Python to develop the Raspberry Echo, if not, there’s many tutorials on how to make the Raspberry Pi Echo work and scratch up on your Python coding skills.

Make Your Own Flying Drone

Building a fully functioning flying drone is hard and requires expensive hardware, but it can be a fun endeavour for the more ambition enthusiasts with the money to spare. You’ll need a little knowledge on electrical engineering and purchase several items such as a motor, propellers, flight control board, with radio transmission functionality for a remote and a battery. You’ll probably need a bit of land as well as the UK law has changed so that drones must be licensed to be used unless on private property.

Build a Laser

Making your own laser can be an adventurous feat, again, with the drone, you’ll need to know your way around circuits and soldering. Start by buying a laser kit then assemble the driver circuit. You also have the option to design a unique driver circuit if you have the skills to do so. Now, you’ll need to connect the driver circuit to a diode then connect a battery to the circuit. Now move the lens to focus the laser beam. Remember that lasers can be incredibly dangerous and damage the eyes. Make sure you know how powerful you’re wanting the laser to be and how much voltage you are using and remain in the safety limit.

Portable Solar Phone Charger

Why not make an environmentally friendly way to charge your phone on the go on a hot summer’s day? Again, this will give you the chance to improve your soldering skills. You’ll need basic tools as well as a 6-volt mini solar panel, a 12-volt USB charger circuit, a charger cable and a smart phone. The whole process takes only a few steps, with the main one being disassembling the charger circuit and soldering it on the solar panel.

Nintendo Cartridge SSD Hard Drive

This project is more of a novelty, although it can still be a fun project. It involves using an old NES cartridge to store an SSD hard drive. All you need to do is open the cartridge using a flat screwdriver, then remove all the circuitry and plastic inserts of the cartridge for room to be gained to fit the SSD and the USB adapter. After the installation is complete, all you must do is screw the cartridge shut and now you’ve got a nifty, retro SSD hard drive, that is portable as well.

Converting a Modern Bluetooth Speaker to Look Vintage

This project sounds daunting but it’s a lot easier than it seems, if you prefer a retro look to your portable sound speaker, this is the project for you. All you need is to take out a set of speakers from a small vintage radio and screw in a Bluetooth device and connect it to a new, vintage looking, yet modern speaker. You’ll also need a USB charger connected with the Bluetooth connector.

Hopefully these seven different types of projects perk up any of your interest for the geek inside of you. Get building!

The Best Jobs for Electronic Engineers
The Best Jobs for Electronic Engineers

Electronic engineering is a common qualification to have however, as this is also a very versatile career route it can be hard to decide where to go in terms of your employment. An obvious statement would be to go down the route of electrician but this can also be a very wide spectrum of  a career choice. My advice would be to take advantage of the many resources that

are available to you like careers advice officers or apprenticeship help desks that can be found in local job centres or your college or sixth form to offer helpful advice when you come to decide on your career path.

Failing this I have some examples of jobs that would be great for someone in electronic engineering.

Designer – working in electronic design allows potential employees to have the opportunity to work behind the scenes of their craft by looking at how and why certain electronic appliances are designed and created. They also have a strong influence in the real life world with opportunities to have a design input in everyday instances like traffic lights, street lights and some workers in the field could even go on to work for the national grid.

Manufacturer – Another career option could be within the manufacturing market, this extremely rewarding career path allows potential candidates to work in the production of all kinds of things such as electrical appliances that could be found in the everyday person’s life. This job may be suited to those that may want to avoid a more creative career path such as design work. This job would entail the mass creation of electrical appliances following a standard design and looking at factors such as quality control and meeting tight production deadlines maybe to meet an order for a high profile client.