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It is indeed unfortunate that the situation in Chile is so ackward for 
structural engineers. In India (and west Asia) strustural engineer 
rather dictates the Architect (provided you are doing industrial 
structures). Definitely for dwelling type of work Architect commanda 
more say.



Best wishes


RP Mehrotra

----- Original Message -----
From: Tom=E1s_Matta <tmatta(--nospam--at)puc.cl>
Date: Friday, March 2, 2001 8:49 am
Subject: disappointed engineer

> I graduated from college here in Chile about six months ago, and 
> I've been working ever since in a small office designing mostly 
> reinforced concrete buildings, and to tell you the truth, I find 
> the job to be very disappointing.  The pay is definitely not as 
> good as in other areas (like industrial engineering), and the job 
> really gets to be boring sometimes.  I mean, what difference will 
> it make if you try to do a good job and try design economically 
> for the client?  Will he notice? I think certainly not.  The thing 
> is, at least here in Chile structural engineering really carries 
> some status in college because it's considered to be one of the 
> more difficult areas of engineering, and the smartest kids here in 
> Chile prefer to study engineering rather that medicine or law, 
> like in the States.  Now I don't regret having studied structural 
> engineering, I liked studying it, but working, now that's a 
> different story.  I don't want to spend the rest of my life taking 
> orders from the big man in the project (architect), so I've 
> already started to look for a job in another area.  Does this 
> happen to engineers in other countries?
> 
> just my 2 pesos worth,
> 
> Tomas Matta
> Ingeniero Civil, PUC
> Santiago, Chile
>