I work in automated materials handling, mainly in high level computer controls. Java applications, oracle databases and such; but also down to mechanical and controllers to a lesser extent.
For various reasons, I never bothered to finish a degree as most of this a motivated person can learn on their own and living in my city is expensive.
Company I work for hired another international company to build this massive material handling system, and I ended up learning how it works by reverse engineering better than their own software engineers with access to documentation and their own software house.
To that end they offered me a job in L3 support, above their own L2. But the odd thing is, the maximum rate of pay (By talking to staff, lots of friends there) for somebody without a degree is right in line with what the entry level L2 staff are earning.
Puts me in an odd position for salary negotiations. In your experiences, would you consider such things to be flexible? I'd be happy to put on the table, tuition in exchange for years of service, they have done that for others. Offers them some surety, and motivates me to actually go finish it. But it would still leave me earning the same as those working under me.
Anybody have any advice on this? Where to start? I have to put a number on the table to start with.