Now my question is, what next? I wonder if I want to be in this industry for long term or make a switch along the way. I love structural engineering and I have so much passion for it but it’s ridiculously funny the amount of money senior engineers make with all the risk, liability, and insane deadlines they’ve to meet. You seal a project and you’re bound to it for a life-time and your fees don’t even reflect it (maybe I have been painted a wrong impression of this industry).
That’s just by the way. Currently, I feel I’m not meeting my potential as a young engineer (and down along this post, some will say “get a mentor”). I can bet all the 896.53$ in my account that 99% of the things I learn are from this forum (thank you all for your contributions) and me educating myself. I’d love to be in a firm where I’ve a couple grown, seasoned, and experienced engineers who can help you understand things properly rather than “we have always done it this way” or them putting your questions aside and telling you do to “exactly” when it doesn’t even make complete sense but what do junior engineers know?
Anyway, I’ve decided to start blogging, a way for me to document what I read. And as a challenge @Kootks, I’m going to read hibbeler back to back and go through the examples as well. It’s going to be a long one but I think it’s worth. I believe I should continue to educate myself by reading books $$$, yup the money is going and EBay is happy, as I’ve seen great improvement in my structural knowledge.
I’ve still got a long way to go. I hope you all can share your experiences and thoughts and how I can keep improving.
Couple of items I’ve listed
1. Review structural analysis book (hibbeler and one matrix book) and then proceed to other books like concrete and steel. Still good to read even if you’ve knowledge on them.
2. Learn a bit of programming to translate the knowledge gained and make my own simple “calculator”
3. Detailing! Detailing! Detailing! I want to also heavily focus on detailing and master Revit and dynamo. At the moment, I’ll rate myself as 6/10 when it comes to detailing. I’m still not familiar with certain detailing so I’ve got to learn those. 7/10 when it comes to Revit but I want to learn dynamo as well
4. Lastly learn how to use structural application software. I am really good at hand calculations and the structural principles but I suck at CSI software. STAAD Pro is one of my favourite which I’m good at but I’m no longer doing industrial design so I’ve to learn those new applications