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- From: Harold Sprague <harold.sprague(--nospam--at)neenan.com>
- Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 09:14:04 -0700
I have had the good fortune to be able to have field experience throughout my career. There is a perception of the builders of our designs that we (structural engineers) don't have a clue on how to put a project together. Sadly these observations are often accurate. There are those contractors who don't have much patience with engineers, but they are the exception. My advice is to go into the field, be open and honest and make a clear request of the project superintendent(s). If you want to learn how to form concrete efficiently, erect steel properly, place floor slabs, etc.; you will have to talk to the subs who do this type of work. I have held that you will get a hammer, saw, and nails in the process of formal education, but upon graduation the real education starts. That is where you learn to use the tools. Be patient. You will talk to several subcontractors before you find the "best" way of performing a particular task. Sometimes the subcontractors are not correct, sometimes traditional engineering practices are not correct. It takes time to learn the fine points. Good luck, Harold Sprague The Neenan Company harold.sprague(--nospam--at)neenan.com Francisco Duarte wrote: > I would appreciate any respond > > I see that there are lots of people interested in the P.E. exam results. > > As a junior engineer myself, I am close to that point where I would be > taking the exam. > But there are other issues that concern me most at this point in my > career. I have been working for almost two years and > in such span of time I have been able to learned three times as much as > what I had learned in school. The only thing is that I hardly go out to > the field. My field experience is limited. Any suggestion on how to > improve in such important area in my career. For those Engineers that > have field experience or are working with a junior engineer , How do > you provide growth to the Junior Engineer in field knowledge or how you > obtained your experience? And for the Junior Engineers "E.I.T." How are > you obtaining knowledge about construction methods and field experience? > > For me, I have been asking my boss for years, but there is so much work > that he does not have time to take me. The other option is to go by > myself to the field, which I am planning to do in the near future. The > only problem is that I will be at the mercy of the contractors and > alone, which means no supervision to guide me through the rights and > wrongs in construction. > I thank you all in advance for your opinions. > > Million thanks, > > Francisco Duarte, E.I.T. >
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