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Tomas, I'm afraid you're just in that awkward stage in your career called "the beginning". You don't have a lot of experience, and so your supervisors (and certainly the clients) aren't going to accord you a great deal of respect.
Just understand that all of us have to crawl before we walk. I would suggest that you patiently learn all you need to learn about your chosen field at this time, and look forward to the day when you'll have a bit more say in things.
Also, remember that one's first job is nearly always a letdown, because your expectations coming out of school are so high. I experienced that as well, but I can say I've had a pretty rewarding career nevertheless.
Good luck.

William L. Polhemus, Jr., P.E.
Polhemus Engineering Company
Katy, Texas
Phone 281-492-2251
Fax 281-492-8203

-----Original Message-----
From: Tomás Matta [mailto:tmatta(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2001 9:19 PM
To: seaint
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