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New Hire - Rotational Engineer Interview

Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
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I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at FMC Technologies (Houston, TX) in March 2012.

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After him giving an overview of the company and what he does, I was asked what I know about the oil industry. First, I'm an aerospace engineer, which doesn't really matter considering I took 80% of the courses the mechanical engineers have. So I tried to bull my way through the answer, and I could tell he wasn't really buying it. Then I got lucky; I mentioned how I worked for GE as a mechanical engineer and did alot of CFD and design/structural stuff, and he immediately chimed in and told me he had experience in the fanblade composites industry. The lesson: Keep talking about whatever experiences, and eventually something will strike a chord. The behavioral portion was simple enough, only that one falter on the oil industry question. But then came the technical portion of the interview, where he asked some (initially) difficult questions. He showed me the computer screen and it showed an unnecessarily long and wordy question asking how I would go about doing the stress analysis of two cylinders on top of eachother with an applied load. This caught me off guard, and then he sent me to a marker board to show him how to go about the problem. He stared at me for about 10 seconds and then I just started writing away the simple thinking process: "radius (inner) = blah blah blah radius (outer) = blah blah blah... Area equals pi*Router^2 - pi*Rinner^2... Applied force (P) equals blah blah blah... stress = P/A" Then immediately cut me off. He was literally just looking for the equation stress=P/A. We both laughed and he told me nicely not to overthink anything. The process is more important than the answers. Anyway, it was a solid interview, and it's noted that I didn't get an offer because I just got out of the interview. I should expect a call about a second interview (if I get it) in about a week. Cheers.

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  • What do you know about the oil industry?   Answer Question
  • What were your technical roles/responsibilities in a team setting in school or work?   Answer Question
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