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# SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program3

## SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program

(OP)
Does anyone here have experience taking these courses either auditing, or taking 12 courses and getting the certificate? Did you find it was worth it?

I feel like these are the types of courses I should be taking to bring my knowledge to the next level and would just like to hear from those who have done it.

Program description
https://seabc.ca/certificate-program/overview/

Course list
https://seabc.ca/certificate-program/course-list/

### RE: SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program

I haven't taken it, it seems like a good option versus an M.Eng. program. I know the issue I hear most commonly is that the course selection isn't focused enough or available enough if you try to pursue extra courses locally. Being able to watch live webcasts of the lectures seems like it would be the way to go, although I always wonder if I was to just allocate x number of hours a week to watching past AISC webinars, etc, if I would get the same/similar knowledge gain. Either way, I'm excited to see what the take is on this from anyone who has experience with it.

### RE: SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program

(OP)
@Shotzie I wonder the same thing. I would love to get my hands on the course material for a lot of these courses. I would gladly pay for the material and go through it on my own.

### RE: SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program

The courses are pretty excellent. As Shotzie speculated, they are uncommonly practical in nature. They also hold considerable weight with employers in the lower mainland and, thus, are great in that respect for folks working there. I've heard of employers actually requesting completion of those courses by applicants. A couple of my favorite texts were garnered via those courses as well. If I ever see Andy Metten on the street, he's getting an uncomfortable hug. Tasers don't frighten me. His book is riddled with errors but still probably the best "how your really do it" steel text book that I know of.

I like to debate structural engineering theory -- a lot. If I challenge you on something, know that I'm doing so because I respect your opinion enough to either change it or adopt it.

### RE: SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program

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@KootK have you gotten the ceritficate for completing 12 courses? or did you just do a few of them? or audit them?

#### Quote (KootK)

A couple of my favorite texts...
Could you name the ones that come to mind?

I do have Andy's book, and found it to be excellent. I've read it cover to cover at this point.

### RE: SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program

I merely sat in on few of these programs when they were taken by junior engineers with the misfortune to find themselves under my purview with regard to technical development. I'd been around a while by the time that the courses became available so it didn't make much marketing sense for me to pursue them. Post MSc, I spent several of my intermediate years hammering a way at my California SE which took some time. Now nobody cares about my tech skills and it's all about bus dev or management potential.

I like Metten and the Pao concrete text. Pao isn't super interesting theoretically but a) CAN specific which is rare as you know and b) another solid reference for practical design in the office. When people would ask me silly questions, I could usually just point them to a section of that book and things would get back an track w/o a lot of fuss.

I like to debate structural engineering theory -- a lot. If I challenge you on something, know that I'm doing so because I respect your opinion enough to either change it or adopt it.

### RE: SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program

I should probably add that I don't consider any post B.Eng course work to be an efficient way to learn things, SEABC included. With only a couple of notable exceptions, all of the useful stuff that I learned after 2nd year statics came on the job or through my own, independent initiatives. I see M.Eng and the rest as little more than strategic marketing. Which isn't to say that they don't have value that way, particularly in the US. If I had it to do over again, I would have just started my own firm at thirty rather than expending a bunch of needless energy trying to look good on my next performance review. Gotta watch out for those "metrics".

I like to debate structural engineering theory -- a lot. If I challenge you on something, know that I'm doing so because I respect your opinion enough to either change it or adopt it.

### RE: SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program

(OP)
Great information KootK, thank you for responding.

I am leaning towards auditing the courses, simply so I can obtain the course notes and books. I'm not too concerned with getting the certificate, I just want the knowledge.

### RE: SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program

I've never heard of anyone that's actually gotten the certificate... Honestly, with the way courses are organized and the limited number, it's not practical to do unless you're taking a bunch of courses you don't care about or you spend a decade on it... but really that's not the point. It's to get exposure to different ways of doing things, and introductions to subjects that you otherwise wouldn't touch. They're basically master's level courses with a more practical focus.

It's a good way to keep yourself abreast of parts of structural engineering that you don't regularly do, or to introduce you to different ways of doing things. I'd also normally tell juniors engineers that they should do at least the first seismic course, because the way seismics are taught in university is not necessarily reflective of how it's treated in practice and the quality of university courses on the topic varies.

Value for money, as far as courses go, there isn't much out there that's better. You get 20+ hours of generally solid class time for a few hundred bucks.

### RE: SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program

Wow. I just looked at those course descriptions and they all sound fantastic. I wish we had something like this here in the States.

### RE: SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program

I think taking the 12 courses just to get the "certificate" is kind of a senseless pursuit. But the courses themselves are great. You don't need to get the diploma to list SEABC courses on your resume. Take the classes that are of interest to you.

I took the wood course, it was excellent. The prof's moto was "whether you've never designed wood, or you've been designing it for 20 years, this course will have something for everybody." I design wood and took it with a friend who has never touched it, it was a ball. I would highly recommend.

Also tried "C2 effective structural modelling", by the BC hydro guy. The material he taught blew my mind.

Go for it. I've since left Vancouver, but must say the city is blessed to have this program. Great networking to be had there too, if you are the sociable type.

### RE: SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program

@P205 Let me know if you get any feedback on the auditing process (applicability, fees, etc). Ideally I would like to be able to attend the lectures via web and do assignments/tests remotely as well. The course descriptions make it sound very worthwhile to pick up a one or two courses a term for general professional development (especially with the introduction of the PEAK program in Ontario).

### RE: SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program

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@Shotzie I currently am waiting on a response to a number of questions I had, including the cost of auditing and such. I'm also in Ontario and would be doing the lectures by web.

### RE: SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program

The cost of auditing is the same as the cost of taking the regular course. If you're going to do it, sign up normally and switch to audit if you realize you don't have time to actually do the courses.

You can do the assignments remotely. They're all submitted electronically anyway. Not sure how the tests work in that case, for courses with tests. I assume it's honour system, or with another professional watching.

### RE: SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program

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@P205 I received an email back. Here are some of the interesting points:

#### Quote:

-Out of province students are allowed to attend the webcasts.
-The recorded webcast will be available after for viewing as well as live-viewing during the lecture.
-Typical lecture times are Tuesday or Thursday, 4-6pm PST and 6:30-8:30PM PST.
-Cost is typically $850-$950 (CAD) per course, minus \$50 early-bird and SEABC member discounts.
-13 consecutive weeks, with a mid-term break at week 7.
-Homework is submitted online, tests are supervised by colleague, etc.
-Questions can be asked live during the webcast, or emailed to prof afterwords.
-Auditing a few courses here and there is okay, so is going for the full certificate (no deadline to complete requirements for certificate).
-No field trips or lab testing involved (although I saw in some of the course descriptions that they were mentioned).

Seems like a great option, especially with the webcasts being available after hours.

### RE: SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program

(OP)
Thank you for the information Shotzie.

I'm definitely going to give these a shot and see how I like it. The descriptions to a lot of the courses look very interesting to me.

### RE: SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program

@P205 Just wanted to give you an update that registration is now open.

### RE: SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program

(OP)
@Shotzie Thanks!

I'm not sure why to take, still deciding - E10 Structural Analysis Fundamentals: A Refresher or E13 Computer Software Applications In Structural Engineering.

The first may be a bit basic for me, but I'm sure I'll learn something regardless. I just hope the course notes a really good.

### RE: SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program

P205,
I am in a similar position. I graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering. After graduation I worked in geotechnical field but my goal is to get a foot through the door into the structural engineering. I did take some MEng level structural engineering courses at a university in Ontario they all too theoretical. Also most of the professors were from academia and no actual related consulting experience. In addition to that, all of the assignments/projects/exams were a repeat from the past semester it was offered. As a result students from large ethnic groups had all of the answers. I met some students who had no clue or idea about SE but still managed to get A's and B's (some courses had no finals just projects and homworks).I was very disappointed in MEng program.
Did you end up taking any of the SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program courses. How did you like it? Was is practical? Would you recommend it? Thanks.

### RE: SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program

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saxlamag I have not taken a course yet. I'm still on the fence about taking one.

### RE: SEABC - Certificate In Structural Engineering Program

Just as an addendum to what I said back in April, it should be noted that these are Canadian courses. So if you are not Canadian you have to be prepared to work with that fact that they use Canadian codes as the basis. This generally isn't a big deal, but there's obviously going to be some focus on fiddly areas of Canadian codes on rare occasions and you might not get a lot out of the class about Canadian and British Columbian seismic history and modelling that's in every earthquake course.

That being said, the courses are generally more in the "this is how you engineer things" area of knowledge than "this is how you use the code" area. The codes are also generally similar enough that you could work it out if you wanted to.

I've taken a number of american courses over the years and it's never been too much of a big deal.

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