Mechanical Engineer looking to break into bicycle industry!
I am a mechanical engineer with approximately 6 years of experience in a variety of fields: satellite communication antennae, high-pressure/high-vacuum systems, and consumer and industrial products. While all of this is very engaging and rewarding work, my career goal is to eventually break into the bicycle industry via my engineering degree. I am more than happy to consider any type of bicycle-related company. It doesn't need to specifically involve bicycle frame design, for instance. My wife and I are happy to relocate to most places, and right now we reside in San Diego.
I won’t go into specifics about my skill set otherwise, but my résumé is available upon request via PM. If you do reach out, please also let me know what company you are representing. I look forward to hearing from you!
How has your search been? I've recently completed some applications at Trek and SRAM, still waiting to hear back. You have a good bit more experience. I'm fresh out of my BSME this May.
Being a new grad, I'm trying to line myself up for a useful first job (aerospace or automotive, if not cycling-related) where I can gain a lot of tech experience that can eventually segue into the cycling industry down the road.
My search hasn't yielded much. Granted, there aren't many bicycle companies out there hiring engineers. If they do, they have only one, save for Trek, Specialized, SRAM, etc. So pickings are limited.
You're fresh out of school, so it puts you in a different situation. At the very least you can apply for some internships (I think SRAM has some) and then the hiring company can mold you into whatever type of employee they need.
For myself, I'm concerned that my background in non-cycling disciplines isn't particularly appealing. They might only want persons who have actual cycling industry background. Even at a bicycle shop working the shop floor or fixing bikes. If my efforts prove fruitless, I may have to figure out a weekend gig to brush up on the industry. Avid cycling and reading about bikes on the internet can only take one so far!
If you do think you'll want to be in the cycling industry 5 years down the road, I would make sure that somewhere on your resume you do have cycling related volunteer work or employment. Suddenly switching industries is quite challenging, as I discovered when I went from a glass/ceramics company to a biotech company. I anticipate similar challenges moving to the bicycle industry.
I was moving down the same path in 90s. I interned at GT bicycles while I was getting my mechanical engineering degree and had been working as a bicycle mechanic for 9 years. This didnt lead to a position in the company. They were looking for bicycle industry engineering experience. They were not looking to train or retrain anyone. I hope for your sake that the hiring model has changed. Good luck.