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Good question,
You have to remember that schools like University of Phoenix, ITT Tech, DeVry, Kaplan and others are "for profit" schools and some of their degrees might not be ABET accredited. These schools are also known as “proprietary schools” so they tend to be very expensive, the qualifications of the instructors range from very good to awful and their credits are seldom transferable. In addition, most employers only consider candidates from these schools if there are no suitable applicants from a more traditional school.

These schools offer a lot of online programs and this is not to say that online programs are bad. They are not. Some are very good. Even the for profit schools can give you a reasonable education. There are many people who have graduated from these schools and started to make a good living. My objection is that the education they give you is incredibly expensive compared to traditional and non-profit schools, whether online or not. Overall experience is that grads from these schools take a fair bit longer to find jobs than grads from more traditional schools and they have a lot more debt.

Other online schools like UCLA Extension or Athabasca University in Canada are fully accredited and seen to be excellent ways to get an education. Basically, what you want is the online division of a traditional accredited university to get an online degree that counts for something.

As for going to the classroom courses offered by these for profit schools, even the claimed to be bachelors level courses the for profit schools offer are considered at best by employers to be on par with what you get from a community college. However, a community college will be far cheaper and community college credits are transferable to a 4 year university in most cases. Credits from the for profit schools seldom will transfer anywhere. The for profit schools even mention this in their TV ads, at least here in California.

Career / Re: Best Civil Engineering Firms
« on: June 02, 2010, 08:37:47 AM »
In civil engineering, I think KBR outshines most of the other companies both in their versatility and the number of high-profile projects that they constantly get involved with.
I have not worked for them, however I am constantly reading about them in the media and I can only assume that they are a great company.

Make Suggestions / Re: ... in the Civil Engineering Section
« on: June 02, 2010, 08:16:53 AM »
and also...
How about a guide on how to search of engineering jobs.

Design / Re: Which one should I go with AutoCAD or Microstation?
« on: June 02, 2010, 08:15:58 AM »
I really depends on the company that you are trying to work for.
Unfortunately, there are not set structures in place that dictate the type of software a certain industry should use. It is really up to the clients.
If I was you, I would focus on getting a overall understanding of both of them and at least have working knowledge of both packages. That will make you more versatile.
All the best.

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.

Make Suggestions / Re: ... in the Civil Engineering Section
« on: April 06, 2010, 02:17:19 PM »
I think you should have a guide showing people how to navigate their careers. For example, hacing articles on how to make presentations, interview etc.

My raise was a modest 10% because until then I was making intern-leve salary. I think the raise was only fair to be par with the other enigineers. 

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.

I think this will be a good source for that information.

The Economy / Re: Have you lost your job? How are you surviving?
« on: February 28, 2010, 01:50:06 PM »
Great quote.

Education / Re: Should I go for a Master's in Structural or General Civil?
« on: February 25, 2010, 07:39:46 PM »
In addition to it being a personal quest for knowledge, I believe that having an advanced degree differentiates you from fellow job seekers. I know that experience surpasses education especially in engineering, but I am just making a preemptive move in case the job market rebounds and there is a high number of jobseekers in the market.
In such a case, I hope my advanced degree will be my saving grace.
Any thoughts?

Technology / Re: Iphone or Blackberry?
« on: February 12, 2010, 02:47:19 AM »
Definitely iphone.
Some of the apps are ridiculously relevant and fun.

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.

Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (EIT) / Re: Value of EIT certificate
« on: January 28, 2010, 05:48:38 PM »
Nowadays, in the current economic climate an EI certificate doesn't seem to get you anywhere anyway .
At least with a PE you have more leverage. However you need th EI to get the PE so 1smartengineer has a good point.

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