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Humor / An architect, an artist and an engineer ;D
« on: May 14, 2010, 03:31:56 PM »
 ;D were discussing whether it was better to spend time with the wife or a mistress.

The architect said he enjoyed time with his wife, building a solid foundation for an enduring relationship.

The artist said he enjoyed time with his mistress, because of the passion and mystery he found there.

The engineer said, "I like both."


Engineer: "Yeah. If you have a wife and a mistress, they will each assume you are spending time with the other woman, and you can go to the lab and get some work done.

Interviewing / What is Primavera Project Planner (P3) all about?
« on: March 24, 2010, 06:57:53 PM »
I have to interview with a company which one of the requirements is having experience in Primavera. The only experience that I lack in an otherwise impressive resume.
I would like someone to give me some tips on what th program is all about so that I don't appear clueless if a question pertaining to the topic is raised.
Thanks guys.

Career / Is the resume dead?
« on: February 12, 2010, 02:40:04 AM »
Every time I apply to a job by sending a copy of my resume to someone, I always get the feeling that no one will ever look at my resume. I constantly wonder why I have to go through this agony and perpetual uncertainty about the fate of my resume? Is there an alternative way of representing myself to the right audience and showcasing my talents and skills in a more certain manner? 

Education / Should I go for a Master's in Structural or General Civil?
« on: January 31, 2010, 07:25:41 AM »
Fellow Engineers,

Ever since I can remember, I have known that I wanted to have at least a Master's or a PhD in my field. I have a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering from a highly ranked school. Initially, I thought I wanted to go into structural engineering, but ended up in land development right out of school. As of today, I have 7 years experience in general civil engineering including about a year and half in project management. Unfortunately due to the state of this economy, I was laid off.

So it clearly is the time for me to pursue further education.
The only concern I have is that I can’t figure out which program to study between a masters in Structural or General.

Who has had to deal with this dilemma?

Any advice that anyone can provide would certainly help.

General Discussions / Why did you choose engineering?
« on: January 27, 2010, 04:24:16 PM »
In an attempt to help students to at least consider engineering in their college decisions, this forum attempts to collect insights, tips and opinions from those already practicing in the field.
No other question answers this better than, why did you choose engineering?
Would you have done something different after going through the schooling and tne career?
Do you have any regrets?

AutoCAD / Eagle Point Announces New AutoCAD Civil 3D Add-ons for Surveyors
« on: December 17, 2009, 10:50:08 AM »
Eagle Point announced the introduction of Surveyors’ Toolbox, its third add-on product for AutoCAD Civil 3D. The Surveyor’s Toolbox allows surveyors to comfortably and productively move to AutoCAD Civil 3D with simplified COGO routines and user interface. Its integration within Civil 3D allows you to interact with native point, parcel, surface, alignment and profile data. Multiple routines (both dialog and command line based) are included to input raw alignment, lot and field traverse information directly into your drawings, bypassing the requirement of using an external survey database. Robust point placement routines are also available to quickly locate COGO points that can be uploaded to the field for staking.

Humor / The Top 10 things they should have taught you in engineering school
« on: December 11, 2009, 11:47:09 AM »
1.   There are at least 10 types of valve.
2.   Theory tells you how a process works, not why it does not work.
3.   Not everything works according to the specs in the databook.
4.   Anything practical you learn will be obsolete before you use it, except the complex math, which you will never use.
5.   Process Engineering is like having an 8 a.m. class and a late afternoon lab every day for the rest of your life.
6.   Overtime pay? What overtime pay?
7.   Managers, not process engineers, rule the world.
8.   Always try to fix the hardware with PLC Controller.
9.   If you like junk food, caffeine and all-nighters, go into PLC programming.
10.   Dilbert is not a comic strip, it's a documentary.

Interviewing / Why should we not hire you?
« on: November 30, 2009, 12:18:09 PM »
I was interviewing for a civil engineering position the other day and I got this out of the box question. I was certainly not expecting it and I obviously did not have time to prepare for such a question.  I could not articulate a good answer and I could tell the interviewer was not satisfied with my response which went something like this,
I do not believe there is a particular reason why you should not hire me, because my skills match the requirements of this position.... and I went about talking about other topics not related to the question.
So, afterwards I researched and found some tips that I thought it will be nice to share with  everyone,
How to attack this question,
  • Point out a possible (negative) employee trait and point out how you differ from that trait. For example, you could say, "if you are looking for someone who sticks to themselves and does not interact with other employees, then I might not be a match because I am a team player and like to engage my coworkers on tasks that require team input."
  • Another approach is to totally flip the question and make it appear that you are confident that you will get the job. This could be said by indicating that "you would not want to hire me if you don't' want your business to grow or you don't want someone who can really contribute to your organization." - Ofcourse, this carries a comical twist so you should use it only when you believe it will be well received.
The main reason a potential employer would ask you this question is to test your reaction and how quickly you think. Impress them by having a self-praising well-thought-out response to that question.

Educational / Is grad school still necessary for engineers?
« on: November 10, 2009, 01:37:05 AM »
I recently graduated from college with a BS in Civil Engineering. I am now caught in a dilemma that I cannot seem to solve. Should I advance my education or focus on my experience? There are several dynamics that I have considered and I would appreciate it if someone who has dealt with a similar situation would guide me in helping me make the right decision.
Here are the points of concern,
  • Does an advanced degree carry more (or less) weight when marketing yourself to potential employers?
  • Is is still a good idea to get an advanced degree?
  • From a cost/benefit standpoint, which is better in the long run?

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