Professional Practice for the Young Engineer

by Charles S. Hedges, (M.ASCE), Geotech. Group Supervisor; Bechtel Corp., Gaithersburg, MD,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 1, Pg. 89-92

Document Type: Journal Paper


The engineering student is taught, formally or informally, very little in college about the attitude of engineers. Many skills and traits must be recognized and developed to become a successful and advancing young engineer. Some of the skills are (1) successful accomplishment on all assigned tasks; (2) aggressiveness; (3) persistence; and (4) thought stability. No engineer and especially a young engineer should forget he is working for his boss. Continually going-around or over-his-head will only lead to a regrettable end. Careful and continued study of the written and unwritten laws and ethic canons are the best guide to achieve a successful career in engineering and the advanced positions offered in a specialization field or engineering management filed.

Subject Headings: Professional practice | Field tests | Students | Colleges and universities | Laws | Ethics | Professional development

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