Write a Discipline Investigation essay.We need to interview a person first, then write a essay about this person.I have provide 3 sample essay and the outline, just follow rules and write a similar essay as sample essay. Please separate the topic like sample essays.At least 2 citations. “Burean of labor statistic” has useful Industry Information.Go through Turnitin.The person we need to write: My major is software engineering. So the person I have interviewed is my software engineering professor. He is a part-time professor. He only has one class in this semester. He is working for Google right now. He is a software engineer right now. This is all the information I can give you, use you imagination to complete the essay. ( do some research if you need)His personal website: junsun.net/biography
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LLD 100A, Section 9
Semi-final (3rd) draft
April 3, 2013
This paper would bet a B+/ADISCIPLINE INVESTIGATION ASSIGNMENT
Choosing a field of study is a major life decision. The pursuit of a college education is an
immense investment of both time and money. For this reason it is important to be as
informed as possible about the potential prospects. First one should develop a general
idea of what field to go into. Almost as important, one should think about why that career
seems attractive. Once this has been done more information should be found to see if that
is really what is wanted and if so, how to be successful in that field. A great way to find
out if this type of work is well suited to a person’s personality and get advice on how to
do well is to interview somebody who is already in working in the industry.
I am interested in electrical engineering. I like mathematics and the physical sciences and
I am fascinated by electronics. My attention to detail and passion for using physical laws
to solve problems in creative new ways makes me think I will do well in electrical
engineering. To find out what type of job I could possibly be doing someday and maybe
get some tips, I decided to interview an acquaintance of mine, an extremely energetic,
goal oriented, and friendly woman who works in the field that I am interested in. I
promised her that the provided information would be kept confidential and that her real
name would not be used in my assignment; therefore, I will call my interviewee Mrs.
Harrison. In my interview, Mrs. Harrison described the path she took to her present job,
what her job entails, and the type of writing and reading she does in the job.
Good introduction, field identified, interest in the field, person interviewed and what the
DI will cover.
Background and Career Path
Mrs. Harrison has been an applications engineer for about 10 years at Integral Solution
Int’l (ISI). She said that ISI is a small corporation that for over 25 years has sought new
technology applications, and provided support, for the magnetic recording industry.
As a little girl Mrs. Harrison wasn’t interested in playing with dolls like most of the girls
she knew; instead she carried around a bag of disassembled electronic devices! At home
whenever something broke she would bring it into her room and place it on her shelves
and spend hours tinkering with them. When her parents asked her why she was collecting
these trifles she explained that when she grew up she would be an engineer and fix
everything. This desire to fix things and find out how things worked never went away. In
grade school, her favorite subjects were always ones that focused on problem solving and
creativity, such as math and physics. All this finally led to her becoming an engineer with
a degree in electrical engineering from ABC University and later a Masters from GHI
Universtiy. On graduation she joined ISI where she is currently working.
An important challenge of Mrs. Harrison is that she is only woman among her colleague
engineers at this company. As a woman, I am particularly interested in how my gender is
underrepresented in my field. According to the article “Woman in Electrical Engineering:
One Mentor can Have a Big Impact,” by Ruth Schechter, 10% of Electrical Engineering
students at Stanford University are women, and only 5% of the professors in Electrical
Engineering Department are female. I am fascinated by how she deals with this strange
work environment. Mrs. Harrison knew when she entered the field there would be few
women, but she does not mind. She says that if you want to do well you need to work
very hard, but if you enjoy your work it you won’t mind the difficulty, and completing
your work gives you an immense feeling of satisfaction. Most important is that you love
your work. “It does not matter if you are a doctor, engineer, teacher, or an accountant;
you need to love what you do to be successful.”
When I asked her about salaries and compensations for the job, she answered that it
depends on the level of Electrical Engineer. Engineers are rated into categories based on
experience with the least experienced being level 1 and more experienced being level 3.
To get more detailed information about what this meant I browsed online and found on
the salary.com website that there are four levels of electrical engineering that perform
different tasks. The entry level or Engineer I is a level with the lowest salary (this
typically means recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree and little to no experience).
The highest-level engineer is engineer IV. This level requires the most experience and
education therefore it merits the highest salary. A typical engineering salary varies in the
range $48,000 to $118,000.
Good section with some great information about the job.
Roles and Responsibilities
Mrs. Harrison is an applications engineer whose responsibility it is to write preamp
drivers (the chips that control reading and writing on a hard drive), final QS testing, and
debugging. Because the company is small, sometimes her responsibilities are to test each
particular board and then the whole system. Also, on big projects she supervises
technicians. The biggest challenge she faces in her job is when new chips arrive and she
has to start writing to them. This essentially means sending inputs to the chip and
ensuring that the hardware and software are syncing. Sometimes, they have various
problems with the chips including issues with the assembly programming so Mrs.
Harrison is an expert in debugging.
I asked about the qualifications and skills required for somebody to be eligible to work in
her position. Mrs. Harrison said that at least a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering
is required, but a Master’s degree is preferred. You also should be able to demonstrate
your skills. Before being accepted to work in this position as an Application Engineer at
ISI she had a long interview, and then was trained at different parts of the company for
about one month by qualified engineers at the firm. Aside from the required university
degrees and knowledge of the field, there are other skills requirements. Strong computer
and technical skills that include understanding computer hardware and software,
familiarity with C++ and Visual Basic programming are necessary. Even though she is
very well educated and knowledgeable she considers her education to be ongoing and
continuous because the technology sector is always changing. Constant innovations in the
field require new skills.
The qualities Mrs. Harrison feels are most important for the job include responsibility,
persistence, organization, accuracy, self-confidence, and above all a positive attitude.
Mrs. Harrison also told me that it is important to show that you are motivated and truly
interested in the job. Another aspect of a good engineer is being able to work well with
others. Many engineers have strong technical skills and are passionate about what they
do, but they have weak social skills so developing these attributes can set me apart.
About working hours, these hours vary. She always works fulltime from 9 to 5, but
sometimes she is required to work overtime. This depends largely on the complexity of
the project and the time frame for the project’s required completion.
Fairly good section, gives a comprehensive view of skills required. Would have liked a
clearer picture of what the job requires Mrs. H to do.
Mrs. Harrison explained that strong communication skills are essential for her job,
particularly writing skills. She writes manuals for new products and updated ones. There
are particular writing conventions for the manuals and for the engineering reports based
on testing procedures. She said that manuals for new products are collaborative with a
range from 20 to 200 pages, and the reports that they write are usually just a few pages
and are typically done individually. There is also a specific format used for citing
references in the industry.
Another form of writing she encounters includes consultations with customers through
emails. These emails should be well written and professional since the emails reflect the
company. When she heard about the rhetorical strategies and genres that I am learning
about in class, she mentioned that this is useful knowledge. Since engineers tend to be
notoriously bad writers, developing these skills as well will help me stand out.
Mrs. Harrison also mentioned that reading is a required skill. Strong reading skills help in
keeping up to date with changes in the field. She thought she would have less reading to
do once she was working and no longer a student. But this has not been the case. She
finds that she spends a lot of time reading manuals, technical articles and emails from
clients and her colleagues.
While this does not cover all the communication skills, it does cover reading and writing
and give a clear picture of the reading and writing required on the job.
The interview with Mrs. Harrison has got me even more interested in electrical
engineering than I had previously been. She perfectly introduced me to the types of
responsibilities and duties an engineer encounters in the field and the types of exciting
tasks I can look forward to. Moreover, I founded similar traits in myself, and memories of
my childhood, that point to my love of electronic devices. I believe that engineering
affects everyone and everywhere in our planet and it is exiting to think about how I will
be able to solve problems creatively using my technical knowledge.
After completing my Discipline Investigation I feel more confident about the type of
skills I would need to develop to be successful in electrical engineering. I was a little
disappointed that writing skills are important for an entry level engineering job because I
struggle a lot with it. When I chose engineering, I was hoping I would not have to do any
writing because it takes me a long time to proof read and make corrections to achieve a
final product. For a moment, I lost any hope of being offered a job in the future because
my writing is not good enough, but then I realized that I just have to improve consistently
and work very hard and not let this stop me.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics the demand for electrical
engineers will grow by 6% over the next 5 years. Electronic devices such as cellphones,
navigation devices, and computers are in high demand and are a permanent part of human
society. I am excited to one day be a part of the development of such indispensable and
powerful tools. So, to prepare for this career, I need to prove my writing skills and
maintain an honorable engineering background during my next year at San Jose State
Overall clear picture of the job with good language and grammar makes this a strong
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook,
2012-13 Edition, Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 29 March 2012. Web. 30
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