Archive for October 2011
For students interesting in work as an industrial engineer, there are many different job opportunities emerging in this field. Knowing where to look for these jobs is half the battle. However, this guide to finding jobs in industrial engineering should be a helpful too for anyone looking for these types of engineering jobs.
One of the important things to remember about industrial engineering jobs is that they are everywhere. Airlines, construction companies, architects, mining and oil companies, and more are always looking to hire them. That is because the engineers are the ones responsible for making sure that everything goes according to plan. These professionals are those who help make sure that a building project is safe and built according to rules and regulations. In many ways, they save many companies from lawsuits that result from personal injury and improper building structures. The role of these individuals is important, and for that reason they are in high demand in many different areas.
Mining and oil companies are some of the top areas which offer jobs in engineering for similar reasons. Mining and oil companies must be able to ensure the safety of their employees in sometimes very dangerous settings. They are also responsible for making sure that the companies are using their resources at the most effective levels. This includes staff, supplies, money, and any other resources. This is very important for all types of business operations because it reduces cost levels and increases productivity and, therefore, profits. By maintaining a high level of efficiency as well as ensuring the safety of a company’s resources, the industrial engineers provide a valuable service to these companies and are often well-compensated for their efforts.
Jobs for industrial engineers continue to grow as technology changes and becomes more available. People on this career are great at mastering new technologies and putting them to good use in a variety of settings. Computer companies may hire an industrial engineer to study their products and to improve them; architects may also employ someone in the field for advice on proper building procedures.
People normally discard their outdated electronic equipment including obsolete computers. While the technology may have become obsolete, the computers and other electronic equipment may still be of use to others. If not, and disposal is inevitable, it’s better to recycle these computers recycling rather than just discarding them.
Vibrant Second hand market for old computers
It’s estimated that a person will keep their laptop for just 3 years before deciding to buy a new one. Cell phones, on the other hand, are generally replaced and disposed of within 24 months. Most electronic equipment including computers, printers, monitors and other peripherals can be refurbished, recycled or donated to schools and charities.
For some electronic equipment, there is second-hand market, particularly for items such as laptop computers, digital cameras and cell phones. These devices can be quickly sold off at considerable value.
The Electronics Industries Alliance (EIA)
The Electronics Industries Alliance (EIA) companies have created numerous programs which help in recycling computers and other electronic equipment. These programs are designed specifically to help people by giving back to the community and charities.
Many schools, charities, underprivileged citizen groups and church programs benefit from these programs. They help both the environment and the community. You can also receive tax benefits when old computers are donated to charities or such programs. To find out more about charities that need old but functional computers, search the Internet or inquire about them at your local county offices.
Many computer parts can be recycled
Many parts of computers can be recycled and used in other products. Theses companies will recycle the glass, plastic and metals and use them for their next generation of equipment. This helps them to lower their manufacturing costs as well. Its time that people become responsible and accountable for their actions, especially when it comes to computer recycling.
It’s very important that people recycle their electronic and computer equipment, rather than just dispose of these devices in a land fill. Many of the computer parts include toxic substances such as mercury and lead which can leach into underground water supplies.
When these elements leak from the computer and enter the land fill, it can have dangerous consequences for the environment. These elements can usually be recycled instead of just discarded.
Strict guidelines by lawmakers are becoming more common
Many of the EIA companies follow strict guidelines which have been laid down, to ensure that computer equipment causes minimal damage to the environment. Nevertheless, there are still many companies that are lax about recycling computers and electronics devices. They also outsource the recycling to countries where the laws for recycling aren’t as stringent as they are in the states.
As state lawmakers and government become more and more aware of possible damage to the environment, they are enacting laws that are very specific and stringent about recycling and these directly relate to the disposal of electronic equipment and the hazardous materials that they contain. There are also many bans in effect, especially for equipment that contains mercury or lead. The European Union has also enacted new laws concerning computer recycling.
This is because the internet business industry has so many opportunities for hopefuls like you perhaps, which are in need of some quick cash. However, you do not need to be in debt or in financial difficulties to jump into the internet business industry, because you can also jump into it for other different reasons. For example like making a full time income online, or becoming a millionaire, but that is not really the best intention to have at first. Ok now having said that, the online business industry offers opportunities for you in the sense of generating cash, income for you. The reason why so many hopefuls start to jump into this industry to overcome their financial difficulties through making money online is because it is rather fairly easy.
The goal for a newcomer into this industry for making money online is to make at least $1 a day. Because you are using the internet, you will be literally selling whatever you are selling to people worldwide. To start to unlock this key to your financial difficulties, all you have to do is join a website called Clickbank. It is an affiliate website, where many internet marketers place their products. Once you sign up you will be able to sell those products for free at no cost whatsoever, and you will get paid commissions’ from Clickbank every time you make sale. Ok having said that, now all you have to do to realise that the internet business industry is the key to your financial difficulties, so find a product on Clickbank, any digital product, there a many from many different categories, and see if you can sell them. Use your initiatives to try to sell them, via Facebook, MySpace, Bebo and many more.
Have you been watching the markets over the last few weeks? If you have you know how poorly the stock market has been performing (we’re now testing the 12,000 level). You also know that one part of the market is doing extremely well – commodities. The commodities markets are doing so well that most are trading at multi-year highs.
Can you believe it?
When most people think of commodities, they think of precious metals like platinum, gold, and silver. But there are also agricultural commodities. These Ag commodities include wheat, soybeans, corn and a myriad of other products.
Agricultural products, like precious metals, have been reaching new highs over the last few months. Wheat just a few weeks ago went limit-up on the market. If you don’t know, limit-up is a term specific to commodities. It’s when prices go up so much in one day that the market shuts down trading. They also do the same for limit-down, but obviously when the price falls. By halting trading they give investors and traders time to figure out what’s moving the market.
Wheat went up so much that the exchange actually increased the ranges for up and down limit movements. Basically, demand for food products like wheat continues to grow around the globe.
If you can grow it, its value is probably going up.
Now, this isn’t the first time we’ve pointed out this trend. As a matter of fact just a week ago I authored an article, “Serious Money in Farming.” I talked about growing demand for these commodities on a global basis. I also mentioned a number of investments that would benefit, including:
Deere (DE) – Provider of farm equipment.
Monsanto (MON) – Provider of seeds and herbicides.
Mosaic (MOS) – Provider of fertilizers.
Potash (POT) – Supplier of fertilizers.
These companies have performed so well over the last few months that without exception they are all at, or very near, their 52-week highs. Some have even reached multi-year highs as well. Several subscribers have asked us about buying these stocks at these levels. They’re concerned that they may be “chasing” the market.
That got me thinking.
Do we really want to chase these stocks? Maybe. Maybe not. I happen to believe that we are in a multi-year bull market for commodities. As a result, these companies should do well over the next several years. Buying them on pullbacks could be a great way to build a portfolio.
But there may be a different way to profit from the growth in the agricultural industry.
I was doing some research when I came across a company that I found very interesting. They’re one of the largest suppliers of corn and soy seeds. They also provide insecticides and herbicides to help farmers grow better crops.
The company sells more than $6.8 billion worth of product every year to this growing industry. Amazingly, however, the company is trading just off its 52-week lows! Why the discount? Simple. Agricultural products aren’t the only thing the company sells.
Now before you call me crazy let me explain something. The whole company generated more than $29.3 billion in revenue and $2.9 billion in net income. Some 60% of that revenue came from sales outside the US (this means the falling dollar helps their financials). The agricultural side sold more than $6.8 billion of product (which grew 14% year over year) and made more than $894 million in profit. This represents more than 23% of the total business.
So, this company is not a new kid on the block. They’ve been around for years, and just paid their 414th consecutive dividend – with a yield around 3.5%. For those of you fast on the math, that’s a dividend every quarter since 1904. On top of that, the company reaffirmed guidance for 2008