Graduating Engineers: 1930/1980

by Philip V. DiVietro, Asst. News Editor; CIVIL ENGINEERING—ASCE, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1980, Vol. 50, Issue 10, Pg. 126-130

Document Type: Feature article


The life of a graduating engineer entering the world in 1930 is contrasted with that of 1980. Through the use of interviews, the article covers the opportunities, working conditions, salaries and outlooks that fledging engineers had in 1930 as compared to 1980. Twelve 1930s graduates are interviewed: they offer advice and relate their experiences to the 1980s graduates. Nine 1980s graduates were interviewed: the tell of their employment opportunities, education, expectations and for the most part, bright futures. Covers training offered by government and industry to attract honor students. Covers the types of work and degree responsibility a young engineer was given in 1930 and 1980. Covers why some 1980s graduates chose the jobs they did, in comparison with the 1930s graduates that took what they could get.

Subject Headings: Lifeline systems | Working conditions | Employee compensation and benefits | Training | Government | Industries | Students | Comparative studies

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