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NVH Test Engineer a Good Field to Go into?

07/25/2014 9:43 PM

I'm recently out of college a year or so ago and took my first job at a manufacturer for ag and construction equipment. But recently, they were laying off all their contract employees so I took the first offer I could before I was out of work. I'm now a contingent NVH Test Engineer at a major automotive company. I have heard that NVH is a good field to go into because it is hard to find NVH engineers and NVH is the future. I have also heard it is a huge learning curve. Is there any truth to this? Provided I enjoy this work, would it be a good career move to try and stay an NVH Test Engineer and develop my expertise in this specific field?

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07/25/2014 10:23 PM

Can we assume that you understand what NVH is?

Every passenger vehicle produced will need someone to design develop and test the NV and H of the system.

These systems are becoming more active and use electronic controls and actuators, as well.

Only you know your capabilities, so think about it. You took the "first offer" so now be the best at it.

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07/26/2014 12:38 AM

I can't help but feel a slight hint of hostility? Anyway yes I took the first job because I didn't want to accumulate debt. And yes I know what NVH is.

[quote]Sounds like a great job to me...are you a car guy? Know anything about suspension systems? Tires?[/quote]

Thank you, I am a car guy, it was part of how I got hired actually. I used to experiment with turbo-charging, water/methanol injection, different ways of crankcase evacuation etc, then was on the Baja team in college. Not directly related to NVH type, but still beneficial for being in the automotive industry IMHO

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07/26/2014 9:40 AM

I'm trying to understand what motivates people to come here to ask for life advice. Normally I get a sense of complete desperation from guys who come here asking the type of question you did. But, that's just me.

I've worked with, not for, all the big three. I assume that you may be a member of SAE and think that would be a prime source of information, since you participated in Baja in college.

The ASME is also a good group. I belonged to both when I was involved in active automotive noise and vibration cancellation.

Finally Linkedin has a large number of NVH members who also work for the big 3 and some foreign companies. (Not an endorsement, just a fact) I'd join it immediately. Their members are very helpful and would be glad to advise you.

Finally, only you can decide your future, but I don't think you will ever regret staying in the automotive industry.

Good luck!

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09/02/2014 7:57 PM

My apologies Lyn, I wouldn't want a highly experienced engineer to have to lower himself to giving career advice to a recent graduate. Thanks anyway.

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07/25/2014 11:13 PM

Sounds like a great job to me...are you a car guy? Know anything about suspension systems? Tires?

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07/26/2014 12:40 AM

Thank you, I am a car guy, it was part of how I got hired actually. I used to experiment with turbo-charging, water/methanol injection, different ways of crankcase evacuation etc, then was on the Baja team in college. Not directly related to NVH type work, but still beneficial for being in the automotive industry IMHO

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07/26/2014 2:24 AM

Maybe someone will condescend to tell the rest of us what NVH is ?

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07/26/2014 7:28 AM

Ta'

Strikes me that it's the sort of area that needs experience...

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07/26/2014 8:28 AM

Well I would say it takes a team of experts...I guess you could specialize in one area..like listening.....I could do that....maybe....what?

http://www.head-acoustics.de/eng/nvh_applications.htm

http://www.head-acoustics.de/eng/nvh_application_notes_analysis_functions_applications.htm?scrollto=4

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07/26/2014 12:17 PM

Hey, if you enjoy your job, you'll never have to "work" a day in your life. If it pays well and is secure, that's just frosting on the cake.

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