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Ideally, I want to learn how to design my own electrical systems. Many of you will tell me that I should study to become an electrical engineer instead. I disagree. Becoming an electrical engineer is a part of the plan. I just have problems with learning from books. I prefer hands on, tactile experience in order to learn and apply new concepts. Call me crazy, but this is what I want to do with my life. Is it feasible? I thank you in advance for your feedback.
 

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Ideally, I want to learn how to design my own electrical systems. Many of you will tell me that I should study to become an electrical engineer instead. I disagree. Becoming an electrical engineer is a part of the plan. I just have problems with learning from books. I prefer hands on, tactile experience in order to learn and apply new concepts. Call me crazy, but this is what I want to do with my life. Is it feasible? I thank you in advance for your feedback.
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Ideally, I want to learn how to design my own electrical systems. Many of you will tell me that I should study to become an electrical engineer instead. I disagree. Becoming an electrical engineer is a part of the plan. I just have problems with learning from books. I prefer hands on, tactile experience in order to learn and apply new concepts. Call me crazy, but this is what I want to do with my life. Is it feasible? I thank you in advance for your feedback.
Don't know how it will all work out for you but I gotta admire your ambition. There's people that are perfectly healthy that could use a good dose of what you got. Are you thinking about residential work or commercial? I wish more people would design their electrical systems for their homes ahead of time instead of making the electrician try to decipher what they want as the job progresses.
 

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Don't know how it will all work out for you but I gotta admire your ambition. There's people that are perfectly healthy that could use a good dose of what you got. Are you thinking about residential work or commercial? I wish more people would design their electrical systems for their homes ahead of time instead of making the electrician try to decipher what they want as the job progresses.
I'll tell you what I want to do. I want to design my own electrical musical instruments. ;)
 

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I do know there is or was a Illinois state employee who was a paraplegic. He was a heavy equipment mechanic. They had to buy him the chair that stood him upright so he could preform his job.
I heard about it only because when he was layed off they took his chair. He sued and they returned it at no cost to him.

I can see it being harder for you to be accommodated, but I've always said that every engineer should work the trades first.
Motor control wiring and programming/human interface work would be good.
 

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I'll tell you what I want to do. I want to design my own electrical musical instruments. ;)
To bad your not near by. I'm giving away a worlitzer organ. It's a tank that still works.
I'm going to post it on FreeCycle.
 

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Dude, DO IT. Never let a disability keep you down in life, use it to make you stronger! I'd start with contacting MD DORS for some help with getting to working. :thumbsup:
 

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Ideally, I want to learn how to design my own electrical systems. Many of you will tell me that I should study to become an electrical engineer instead. I disagree. Becoming an electrical engineer is a part of the plan. I just have problems with learning from books. I prefer hands on, tactile experience in order to learn and apply new concepts. Call me crazy, but this is what I want to do with my life. Is it feasible? I thank you in advance for your feedback.
I worked with a guy that had a wooden leg.

You would have to find a very understanding emoloyer to complete on the job hours.
 

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If you think about the project at hand in a rational way by looking at all the drawings, being- architectural, plumbing, etc, then you'll make it as an engineer. Personally I believe that an engineer should have ten years minimum of wearing his tools. But hey! You never know.
 

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If you think about the project at hand in a rational way by looking at all the drawings, being- architectural, plumbing, etc, then you'll make it as an engineer. Personally I believe that an engineer should have ten years minimum of wearing his tools. But hey! You never know.
Thanks for the advice.
 

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wire electric control panels, rewind electric motors.
make sure you get your 4 year degree
 

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Can you be more specific about 'electric musical instruments'? Do mean like electric guitars and basses? Something like the Theramin, perhaps? Music is my hobby, more specifically live sound and production, and I play a little bass guitar.

Based on that, I think you might be better served in reaching your goals by getting work at a manufacturer of electric instruments. You won't have to deal with the dangers of trying to work in a construction site, and it will be easier for your employer to accomodate your abilities. You need to be realistic in this...you really don't want to be the guy that the company is looking for an excuse to lay off because it cost them more to accomodate you than you are able to produce for them. Business is business, and constuction contractors are tough people in this regard.

But more to the point of being on the offense rather than defense, I think that working from the ground up at an instrument manufacturer will be worlds more enlightening for you. There are different cultures in the music industry, and that's a big part of what you need to fully grasp as an instrument designer. And learning how a manufacturer will build what you design is huge...you want to design instruments that are economically possible to profit from.

If you want, PM me and I can give you info on a web forum I moderate. I know a member who's an EE who designs instrument amplifiers for a company that's a division of Fender, and also has extensive industrial power systems experience. There are other members who are music industry players in various fields, who might be of interest to you.
 
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