In this episode, which is part of our Women in Civil Engineering series, I talk with Elia Twigg, PE, who is the local agency manager and Senior Project engineer for CONSOR Engineers about her career work in the public AND private sectors, and how she had to manage more than 20 people at the age of 25 with no prior experience.
In this episode, I talk to Melissa J. Batula, P.E., the Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration at PennDOT, about her amazing career journey from starting in the private sector to now being responsible for overseeing all of the roadways in Pennsylvania as well as the 9,000 people who work for the DOT.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Melissa:
In this episode, I talk to Ann Tomalavage, PE, PMP, LEED AP, a licensed professional engineer who has spent the last 20+ years training engineering professionals on how to become great project managers. Ann talks about some of the key points to becoming a successful project manager, and she also discusses the role of project management in consulting engineering.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Ann Tomalavage:
- How did you get into project management training and how did you become so interested and passionate about the topic of project management?
- What differences could an engineer expect when transitioning from a project engineer to a project manager role?
- What made you decide to start a project management training course?
- You recently talked at an ACEC event on project management; could you tell us about it and the feedback that you received from the audience?
- What would you say is one of the biggest challenges for engineers in terms of making the transition to project management?
Here Are Some Key Points Discussed in This Episode About The Role of Project Management in Consulting Engineering:
Q: Should I be transitioning to civil engineering?
Welcome to episode #28 of Engineering Career TV. The topic for this episode is transitioning to civil engineering in your career.
I spend most of the Engineering Career TV episodes answering questions that have been submitted from engineers around the world on how to rapidly advance their careers and live the lives they want to live.
You can submit questions for the show by clicking here.
Let’s jump into today’s topic: transitioning to civil engineering in your career, which is based on a question from Mark, who asks the following:
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In episode 047 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I interview one of our listeners, a young civil engineer named Joshua about a problem he is facing in regards to transitioning into the civil engineering industry and we also talk about how to remain billable as a young civil engineer.
Here are some of the questions I ask Joshua:
- What has been helpful for you as a young civil engineer in your transition into the workplace?
- Tell me about the things you didn’t have that would’ve been helpful in transitioning.
- What are your thoughts on training for young civil engineers?
- Were there any discussions about future training with your civil engineering company?
- What is the balance between remaining billable, but also engaging in training?
Here are some key points discussed in this episode of The Civil Engineering Podcast:
- Support and communication with your civil engineering team is extremely important in making the transition easier.
- When starting out in a new civil engineering position, make sure that you have a very clear and well defined plan to understand what is expected of you.
- Having training materials will facilitate the training process and make the new employee’s job much easier.
- When considering a career move it is important to ask yourself if there will be opportunities for professional training and development for yourself.
- It’s important for managers to have a set number of productive tasks in the background that are available for engineers when they have finished their work. This will ensure productivity and ensure engineers remain billable in their work.
More details in this episode…
Joshua has been a Civil engineer for the last 7 months specifically in the land development field and engages in storm water design, land surveying, and soil science. He previously worked with different tractors and heavy equipment to maintain property courses. He also has experience in Inspecting construction sites for compliance with regards to Soil Erosion and Sediment Control.
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Please leave your comments or questions in the section below on transitioning within careers and remaining billable in your work environment.
To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success
It is normal for engineers, at some point in their careers, to want to try something different. This usually requires transitioning from one discipline to another, such as from water resources to structural. While making this move can be exciting, it can also be extremely difficult. This session serves to simplify it.
The career-changing tip at the end of the show will challenge you to think outside of the box in your engineering career and shake things up a bit!