What can someone with an engineering degree do?
I've posted in this section before and things haven't gotten any better so I'm looking for some advice from people who may have decided to follow a different career path.
My engineering timeline is as follows:
June 2008: graduated from Ryerson with Mechanical Engineering degree, specializing in manufacturing
July 2008 to October 2009: worked at local Staples (couldn't find an engineering job)
October 2009: hired by small HVAC consulting firm (had no interest or training in HVAC but was only engineering job)
During my time at this firm (as some of you may have already read in previous threads I've posted)
- poor training
- only given mundane tenant fit-up projects
- worked under two P. Engs who both gave me poor reviews during P. Eng. application process
- PEO requested ERC interview: failed terribly
- sought psychologist for mental help
January 2016 to present: hired by an HVAC supplier
- training is better
- boss overworks me and puts the majority of projects on me
- due to being overworked, I can't concentrate on details and end up making mistakes
- endless cycle of 1) overworked, 2) mistakes occur, 3) boss says I need to take my time 4) boss complains I don't finish things fast enough 5) boss spreads work out to rest of department but guilt trips me about it 6) workload eventually gets completely 7) repeat from 1)
My career goal was to do something automotive or manufacturing engineering related but at this point, after being stuck in HVAC for over 7 years, that ship has sailed. I'm sick and tired of HVAC and want out.
What type of non-engineering careers are available to those with an engineering degree? My first job gave me no raises the whole time I was there. This job is currently paying $58K pre tax. I'm beginning to hate going into work as I don't know what type of trouble I'm going to be in. I'm constantly feeling unhappy and need a new career path outside of engineering altogether.