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The Civil Engineers? 

Bill Cain, S.E.
Berkeley, CA

Subject: RE: Career Day Presentation
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 09:55:04 -0800
From: rgarner(--nospam--at)
To: seaint(--nospam--at)

I like that analogy.  Who gets to be the lower digestive tract?


From: J. D. Coombs [mailto:jcoombs(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 6:46 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Career Day Presentation


For describing what SEs do, I’ve likened a building system to the human body (something everyone can visualize).  I’ve loosely put together a set of pics.

Architect= skin

Nervous system= EEs

Blood/ heart, etc= MEs

Lungs= HVAC

And of course, Skeletal= SEs. 

I find that it really clicks an understanding.


Jerry D. Coombs, P.E.

Coombs Engineering Services



From: Patrick Busick [mailto:PGBusick(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 8:27 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Career Day Presentation


I asked a guy in my office (a structural engineer) whose wife works with a university to get high school Students interested in engineering.

Here is what he said:


I’ve never really done this before. I asked my wife, but she really doesn’t know anything that is prepared beforehand and nothing specifically about structural engineering.


If you have a projector, you can run an involved finite element model.  It’s always something that looks cool to kids.  Something that looks highly technical and pretty colorful. I’d give a description on the different areas of structural engineering, (commercial, residential, industrial, institutional, and transportation).  Then I would walk them through a day in the life of a structural engineer (everything from design to coordination with other disciplines).


Other than that, it can be very difficult – a common misconception is that structural engineers are somehow not as skilled or as knowledgeable as architects.  I always tell kids that architects can be very creative, but engineers make things work (or keep things from failing).



Patrick Busick
                Columbus, OH



From: Paul Blomberg [mailto:paul.blomberg(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 4:55 PM
To: seaint
Subject: Career Day Presentation


I volunteered to give a 20 minute career day presentation for my wife's school district.  The audience is high school age and the career is structural engineering.


Has anyone done this before and would you be willing to share you presentation outline or slides with me?




Phoenix, AZ

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