The Early Days: Tips for the Entry Level Engineer

by Chester L. Lucas, (M.ASCE), Consulting Engr.; Southern Pines, N. C.,
David Grauvogel, (A.M.ASCE), Structural Engr.; Sverdrup & Parcel and Associates, Inc., Washington, D. C.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1984, Vol. 54, Issue 12, Pg. 44-46

Document Type: Feature article


Participation in ASCE affairs offers an outlet for professional expression and recognition not otherwise available to entry level engineers. In his first engineering assignments the recent graduate may feel somewhat under-employed, and suggestions are made for taking full advantage of background and education. The young engineer is given typical evocative questions to use with recruiters and suggestions for a rational evaluation of offers. The relative merits of working with large and small organizations is discussed. Suggestions for attitudes, self-discipline and professional approach are offered including areas where self-improvement will be of benefit. A list of do's and don'ts guides the entry level professional through the often tedious testing period that may precede acceptance. The case study subject is a 1979 graduate entering a large engineering office.

Subject Headings: Engineering education | Case studies | Professional development | Organizations

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