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Boring, unrewarding, try reviewing plans for a living.  I feel your pain.

Scott M Haan  P.E.
Plan Review Engineer
Building Safety Division http://www.muni.org/building, 
Development Services Department,
Municipality of Anchorage
phone: 907-343-8183   fax: 907-249-7399
mailto:haansm(--nospam--at)ci.anchorage.ak.us

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Tomás Matta [SMTP:tmatta(--nospam--at)puc.cl]
> Sent:	Thursday, March 01, 2001 6:19 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