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  1. When I was going to school, within the Engineering School we had a Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) major. My friends in the major described it as a non calculus based engineering degree. They took all the same types of classes- physics, thermodynamics, strength of materials, etc, just a different math foundation. That may be something you enjoy more. Its more practical vs theoretical.
  2. ENR has an article on this today. Here's a paragraph from it: The board also called for removing exemptions in 31 states—including Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, and New York—so that all future natural gas infrastructure projects require licensed professional engineer approval and stamping. Massachusetts only adopted such a requirement after the disaster. “It’s important to note that in all 50 states you have to have a license to cut hair, “said Bruce Landsberg, NTSB vice chairman, “but you can design a gas system that affects public safety and 31 states exempt you from having a license or even an engineering degree.”
  3. True, but pack a cheat sheet of all the symbols to reference quickly. Save 5.5 minutes for other problems.
  4. I'm interested in this too, I think I'll do the same thing for the next house we move into and because I am seriously considering adding a bedroom over our existing deck that would be relatively unconventional. Couple questions: What state? Are you going to design a "normal" house or are you thinking a highly architectural thing? I have a book at home about deck and patio design- basically code and design standards, I assume there would be similar books for the actual house, but I have never looked. There is plenty of Framing/Construction books on Amazon if you search for Residential Construction. I feel like residential is more standard based vs. engineering based, which to me is confusing and I don't really know what I am doing or how to get anything accomplished...
  5. I agree with above. I did 2 internships and hired on with a big contractor out of College (Civil Eng) in 2007. I ended up in a conversation with one of the high up guys in the division/company and he said they will hire CE's and CET/Construction Management Tech (CMT) when needed (this division hired ~25+ new out of college Field Engineers per year at the time). He said what it boiled down to was a CET/CMT will usually be a harder worker and had a higher propensity to not complain about the hours, schedule, working hours, etc. These guys typically came from a construction/farming/industrial family background. They did the job very well, but were limited for at least the first year or three. He said the CE's were way more apt to picking up or creating a new process, figuring something new out quicker or getting way into the details of whatever was being built. Obviously this was his opinion as a Heavy Civil builder that graduated from the same school as me (30 years earlier, I think as a CMT) and had been part of the hiring of 100's of graduates. Both got paid the same starting out of school, and I would say both ascended at the same rate. It really mattered if you were good at what you did, but in general the CET/CMT went the Superintendent role more often while the CE's ended up as Project Engineers/Project Managers. That was probably because they liked what they were doing more than anything. If you want to do design/planning, go CE. If you want to build stuff do either.
  6. I was involved in Design Build project in Alaska once. I wish I could find the direct quote from the Forest Service but it went something along the line of "This river is known to have iceberg travel due to calving from the nearby upstream glacier. The nearby downstream Railroad Bridge has but affected by glancing blows periodically, so please design this bridge slightly higher than the RR Bridge. We opine that height will be sufficient.". My answer, based on experience- guess, then go a little higher for safety.
  7. I read a different article about this subject a few months ago. I think it was Vice News (citation noted). "Järlström told The Institute, “This case has always been about more than just me, and I’m thrilled that the court has put a stop to some of the engineering board’s worst abuses. Being an engineer is a big part of my identity, as it is for many people. Thousands of Oregonians are engineers—even though we have no reason to be licensed as professional engineers—and we are now free to use the word engineer to describe ourselves.”" We (engineering school graduates) have always had the ability to identify as an engineer. My first job title was "Field Engineer", half the members of EB were probably a "Staff Engineer". When you represent yourself in a traffic court argument as an engineer you are implying implicit knowledge. He has no more knowledge about traffic patterns and light timing than any other person out there. If I remember correctly his wife or friend got busted by a red light camera. He came in as an "expert witness" and represented himself as an engineer. That's BS in my opinion. I will say, Oregon backed down; maybe there is other info out there, I'm misinformed or they just didn't want to argue anymore.
  8. You probably don't need the 14th Edition of the Steel Manual, any recent one will work. I think I had the 11th Edition and was fine.
  9. Probably because it always is lowest or second lowest. There was a good discussion a year ago when the Dec 2017 results came out.
  10. First, I grew up in the Northeast, my parents grew up between Boston and the Cape. I have grandparents and Uncles still there. We stopped near Andover in August on the way to Logan Of all the "ridiculous" rules and standards I have seen in my travels through MA I assumed there was 2 PE stamps on any project like this in MA. This is a state that requires a State Police Officer and cruiser for what seems like any roadwork repair or construction. I have an uncle that works for the town water department and another that is a firefighter/EMT. They both constantly note how bureaucracy and useless rules drain budgets and don't allow them to get anything accomplished. When this happened my wife and I discussed how this could happen and compared it to our neighborhood/gas distribution facility. One of the things I mentioned was "I guess that stamper/approver/PE is done". Turned out I was wrong. After reading this article it seems like the company failed: "The NTSB says the utility's work plans failed to mention a pressure-sensing feedback line. When the old main was taken out of service, a regulator station sensed the loss of pressure and pumped more gas into the line." and "But after an unexplained change in process four years ago, the utility no longer puts technicians in place to monitor pressures on the ground — and to respond to an over-pressure event by manually shutting off the gas, the NTSB said." Both of those cost money, maybe they had a good reason to not spend that money. I think its pretty clear that they would be a lot of dollars ahead right now if they did... Thanks for sending out the article. Interested in hearing from people that work closer to this field.
  11. This happened to me as well. Here's a few pieces of advice in addition to above: - I didn't know it at the time but scheduling and cost estimating will be a part of the Construction PE Exam. Check out the Construction Exam requirements that NCEES provides and write toward that. - I actually gave up on my current state and applied elsewhere after the first return of my application. I had no issues with the second state. It doesn't matter where I am licensed for my job, but I am currently moving to my current state via comity (with a few extra years of experience now). Check the application requirements and standards of neighboring states, turned out the application was easier and I would have spent less hours on my application plus a 12 hour round trip drive if I had just gone to the second state first. I think it was cheaper too, but not much. - It's a pain in the ass but worth it. No pun intended, I kind of engineered my way through the application process. Seems fitting.
  12. I agree with above, especially the 2/3 to 3/4 part. You can just go as a part time as needed employee, but make sure you get a little higher hourly rate than normal assuming you wont get any benefits from the company. Also, make sure you take into account computer and software expenses. If you are using/buying your own your hourly rate needs to cover that (or some other lump sum system for reimbursement).
  13. What happens with the work you "provide"? Are you consulting? Designing? To me, that plays a big role in what you can negotiate.
  14. SoPE Construction depth was extremely helpful, along with the AM Sessions. I think you will be all set if you take the class and do practice problems. I am not understanding the hate (via hearsay) for SoPE. The class was ideal for me, maybe it doesn't work for others. We did 1 week for each discipline (Transportation was rolled into Water Res), then 2 weeks of your depth of choice, 4 days a week, 4 hours a night (there are other scheduling options available). Maybe I found it ideal because they spent a decent amount of time teaching how to take the test, what more than likely will or will not be on the test and shortcuts for typical questions. The single biggest asset from the class was the SoPE binder I took into the test, at least half of my answers referenced that binder only. Bottom line, don't listen to me or anyone else on which course is good, better or best. Pick the one that works best for your schedule/situation and get the most out of it. Everyone learns differently and needs something different out of the review and nobody can review/comment on a class objectively whether they passed or failed.
  15. I am not in the Development civil engineering world, but I have had 6 good jobs since college (2007): every-time I left a good one for better one that had better lifestyle (pay, vacation, etc) or better career opportunities. Or both. My advice- market yourself accordingly and you can easily make the switch and get a significant bump out of the deal. Instead of "I have this review experience but no design experience" say "I know everything that is needed to get this passed through a review the first time, I have the technical knowledge (as evidenced by this cool new piece of PE paper) and I'm really good at this." Don't be timid, if it doesn't work out with Company/Opportunity A, find Company/Opportunity B and get after it. I think that at a minimum this should be a lateral move career wise, but with more future opportunities. Long gone are the days of staying with one employer forever. Companies know and have adjusted this. Your (and mine) generation would rather do what we want to do and companies get it.
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