Re: Beginning a career in RP

From: Sanat Agrawal (
Date: Thu Aug 08 2002 - 09:06:48 EEST

This is a very relevant discussion. Thanks to John Vollman and
Rick Lott for raising the issue of career in RP. The companies have
minimal staff for their RP equipment as noted by Rick Lott.
Careerwise who has a better propect - a model maker or a CAD


On Wed, 7 Aug 2002, Rick Lott wrote:

> In May of this year, Boeing Satellite Systems decided to close it's RP shop
> and layoff it's one RP employee, me. Luckily for me, I have been working in
> the RP field for over 12 years and hand the contacts and resources to locate
> nearly every RP shop in the Los Angeles region, of which there are 30 or so
> within a 50 mile radius of my home. Unfortunately, none of them are hiring.
> Like Boeing, the majority of companies that have their own equipment have a
> minimal staff, usually one person. (The process is just too darn efficient.)
> The remaining job shops are like everyone else in America, suffering from
> the economic downturn of September 11. In other words, not hiring.
> I can read the writing on the wall. I am currently taking advantage of a
> scholarship to learn a new trade. It will be my 6th career change.
> >From that pessismistic viewpoint I offer the following advice to those of
> you who seek to begin a career in RP: Buy a machine and start your own
> shop. It's your best and probably only shot at getting in. It will be worth
> it.
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