In this episode, we talk to Michael Howell, P.E., SE, president and owner of Arrow Engineering. Mike is a licensed structural engineer who has experience as both a contractor and a designer. He specializes in providing engineering services for design-build projects and has experience in several different types of projects. We talk to Michael about starting your own engineering company.
In this episode, we talk with Matt Warzel, CPRW, CIR, a certified professional resume writer, career coach, and outplacement expert with over 10 years in human resources and career advancement techniques. He will provide some great tips and strategies on how engineers can find job opportunities during this global crisis, including talking about best practices for conducting a webcam interview and utilizing LinkedIn to find the perfect job.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About How Engineers Can Find Job Opportunities During This Global Crisis:
This is a guest blog by Fernando A. Ceballos, P.E.
I’m often asked, “Why do you volunteer so much, aren’t you worried that it’s going to affect your career development?” The answer to that is “NO, why would I be worried — it’s likely going to help my growth.” However, it is a problem if I allow my involvement to distract me from my job and impact my performance. Here are a few things for you to think about.
Find Your Tribe
It is pretty typical for people to mention that it is harder to make friends after college. You either get lucky with good co-workers you enjoy spending time with outside of work or you join some type of social club. I’ve found the easiest way to find people I “click” with is through community organizations that have a cause behind them. That cause unites us and provides the initial filter of knowing that the people you are meeting have something in common with you.
I can attest to this! My wife and closest friends were all relationships that I made after joining an organization focused on a mission larger than myself.
Know the End Goal
In this episode of The Geotechnical Engineering Podcast, Jared M. Green, P.E., D. GE, F.ASCE, NOMA, and Anthony Fasano, P.E., LEED AP highlight and recap some of our top geotechnical episodes and the wisdom shared by some of our previous guests.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed as We Reviewed Our Top Geotechnical Episodes:
In this episode, I talk to Michael Dooley, P.E., LEED AP, the Principal at Bayer Becker about in-house training programs for civil engineers. Mike is involved with several professional organizations, including the Urban Land Institute (ULI), National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP), University of Cincinnati Real Estate Roundtable, and Tristate Society of Healthcare Engineers. In this episode, he provides five great tips on how engineering leaders can improve their in-house training programs.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Mike:
- Proper employee training is important. There’s some debate over if in-house training is the best approach. What is your opinion on this?
- You have five tips that you would like to share with our listeners about how they can improve in-house training efforts. Tip number 1 is “Do your homework.” Talk to us about that one, please.
- Tip number 2 is to find a balance between the technical and the human side. What does that mean, and how would one do that?
- Tip number 3 is “diversification of thought and experience.” What do you mean by that?
- Tip number 4 is “emphasis on storytelling.” What stories are you referring to here?
- Tip number 5 is “rinse and repeat.” Explain this statement as related to training?
- Any last pieces of advice on internal training programs?
Here Are The Key Points Discussed in This Episode About Improving In-House Training Programs for Civil Engineering Firms:
This is a guest blog by Tiffani Teachey
You might be thinking, “What does this have to do with engineering?” I’ll tell you. One of the most valuable traits that an engineer can possess is empathy, which is the ability to understand and share in another person’s emotions. What better way to exercise this trait than by helping others? Whether it is donating food, clothes, or time, engineers can make an impact by finding ways to give back!
“Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living here on Earth” ~ Shirley Chisholm
Here Are Three Ways That Engineers Can Pay It Forward:
In this episode of The Structural Engineering Podcast, we talk to Annie Kao, PE, Vice President of Engineering at Simpson Strong-Tie about innovation and product testing in engineering and why seismic retrofitting is so important in structural engineering.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Annie in This Episode:
- What would you say makes a good engineering leader?
- What is your involvement in the research and development sector of Simpson Strong-Tie?
- You are also responsible for innovation across all product lines at Simpson Strong-Tie. What does that entail?
- Can you tell us more about the product testing and training that is done at Simpson?
- What are some of the latest advancements in construction technology that have a direct impact on the structural engineering industry?
- Why is seismic retrofitting important in structural engineering?
- What advice can you give young students out there that might consider pursuing a career in the engineering industry?
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Innovation and Product Testing in Engineering:
In this episode, we talk to Andrea Dallan, an engineer, an entrepreneur, and CEO of Dallan Spa, an Italian family business about efficiency and sustainability in manufacturing. Andrea will list four specific aspects that you can implement in your firm to improve efficiency in your engineering business. The strategies can be applied in one’s career as well.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed on How to Increase Efficiency in Your Engineering Business:
This is a guest blog by Pamela A. Scott
I’m sure it would because being able to write really good emails would make you stand out from the crowd. Most people write emails that are average or below average.
How do you know if your emails are above average, or even really good? Here’s my formula for writing emails that set you apart from the others and endear you to your boss.
Your reader can:
- Read and understand your email the first time through
- Find your main point quickly
- See whether or not he/she needs to take action now, then do so
- Find the details needed to understand your message and act accordingly
- Go on about his/her day without having to ask clarifying questions via another email or phone call
Top 10 Tips for Writing Great Emails
This is a guest post by Patrick Sweet, P.Eng., MBA, PMP, CSEP
For most engineers, conflict at work is something to be avoided. It’s about as desirable as spilling coffee on your pants before a big presentation or dealing with (yet another) paper jam. There’s an important difference, however, between conflict and most other office challenges: conflict is incredibly important. In fact, almost all innovative products and processes are the result of conflicts at work.
This leads us to two questions. Why is it that conflict is so important for innovation, and how can you approach conflict in a healthy way? In today’s article, I’ll tackle both important questions.