Becoming a Professional Engineer

If you are pursuing a career in Civil Engineering like me, you are probably considering becoming a licensed engineer. The process of becoming a licensed engineer, or Professional Engineer (PE), is a long and tedious one. The process begins with completing up to 3 years of engineering related work experience or engineering education (collegiate level). After or while completing this, you must take and pass the 6-hour long Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) test that includes an array of subject material from Engineering Economics to Mechanics of Materials. With this, you can now become a certified Engineer-in-Training (EIT). The next step is completing four years of progressive engineering experience under a PE and then taking and passing the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam. Only after completing this, may one become a PE.

Though I believe this process is a strenuous and necessary, I do think it has room for improvement. For one, it is important to note that passing the FE test does not guarantee EIT certification. Though the National Society of Professional Engineers website indicates that “Passing this exam [FE exam] legally certifies the candidate as an “engineer in training” (EIT)”, you are not officially certified until an application form and fee is submitted to your residing state. Your residing state also has the power to deny your certification. I find this completely misleading and suggest all applicants should be informed of this.  Another improvement I would suggest is allowing work experience under a PE prior becoming a EIT count towards work experience under a PE for PE licensure. Many students intern or CO-OP during their time in undergrad working as engineers (often under a PE) before becoming a EIT and this experience does not count towards their PE licensure unfortunately. At the end of the day, I have the up most respect to those who become Professional Engineers. This is a prestigious title that indicates someone that has accomplished stringent requirements and has the qualifications to protect the public’s health and welfare with their professional expertise.

– Marquis Mark


Describe and Discuss a process in future career field. By Christian Lusardi

Image quality is one aspect of my future career that will be very important. I want to go into the autonomous vehicle industry to help build self-driving cars. In order to do this, cars are being outfitted with multiple cameras that will allow them to see their surroundings. These cameras need to be as advanced as possible as well as very high quality. In order to ensure this, the cameras need to be tested on a series of standardized tests such as the Modulation Transfer Function. This will tell you how sharp the image is at a given frequency, basically telling you how sharp of an image you can get from the camera. Another test is color accuracy, this can be done by using a color checker, which is essentially a grid of predetermined colored squares that will allow you to tell how far off your imaging system is from the actual color of the original piece. This is crucial because without that, a car may not know what color a traffic light is and it could cause a problem. You also need to check how good the lens system is at focusing different wavelengths of light. This is important because wavelengths will all be focused at different points due to their inherent nature. This means that you need to have special coatings on the lenses to allow the light to focus more easily.

There are many more steps to the process of image quality but those are a couple of the incredibly important ones that can make or break an imaging system.

Small Changes Needed Within Civil Engineering Document Creation Process.

Within the realm of Civil Engineering, there is a plethora of directions your degree can take you. From Construction management, Design Engineering and Waste Water Treatment, no matter what path you choose, the need for reviewing plans and obtaining approval through a chain of command will follow you no matter where you go. While I understand not every review process is that same, I do believe a strict format should be followed while formulating these plans and submitting them for approval prior to the structures erection.

The process for review plans consisted of the creation of a contract drawing that focuses on any particular section of the project. Once the basic contract drawing was established and agreed upon by the owner, a more detailed shop drawing needed to be created. In theory, this would allow the craft workers to reference a visually appealing and well written document to allow the craft to build efficiently and without any lingering questions. The amount of checks and balances within the shop drawing revision process was unnecessary because of unforeseen problems. An individual who has yet to step foot on any project is tasked with creating this document. You can’t predetermine every scenario and hope to answer them all on paper if you have never worked in the field before and physically seen the product being built. I would propose that the individual tasked with the creation of the shop drawing must collaborate with the field engineers. This minor adjustment in the drawings process would allow for uninterrupted construction and eliminate delays for missing information or unforeseen issues. Collaboration would keep the creation of these documents on schedule while eliminating the need for clarification on missing information.

Summary of “Conference etiquette”

The author of CyberText Newsletter has attended many conferences and decided to write about the issues she found at one in particular in a post. To summarize, the main points were to be on time, be prepared, and be proactive among other things.

In this particular instance, the following happened at a conference:

  • Some people showed up late causing those who were on time to have to wait. That is not fair.
  • People asked questions that were already answered somewhere else which could have been found out beforehand.
  • The venue did not provide enough outlets for the participants’ devices despite the devices being heavily involved.
  • The presenter repeated information that was already available to read elsewhere which wasted time.
  • When asked a question, the presenter did not restate the question.
  • The presenter did not speak loud enough sometimes.
  • The presenter was not punctual or respectful of the audience’s time.
  • There was not enough time allocated to move from room to room or for lunch.

With careful thought and planning earlier, most of these issues, if not all, could have been solved. These are important factors to keep in mind whether you plan on attending a conference or organizing one.

– Jar T

Summary of “Home Tour | Neutral Tones and Natural Materials in Southern Sweden”

I chose to follow These Four Walls, it is a blog about interior design, lifestyle & travel.  The style of the blog and interiors is Scandinavian, meaning very simple and light.

In this blog post, we get walked through a newly built stone villa.  The clients wanted a house feeling like it has always existed, meaning timeless, with elements of the surrounding landscape incorporated into the architecture and interior.  The design draws in sandy colors and natural textures, complimenting white, crisp walls.  There is glass in every room, blurring the boundaries of the home.  The clients wanted an open floor plan, meaning they wanted all of the main rooms (living, dining, and kitchen) to be almost one room essentially.  They included some staple chairs and lighting to be the main focal points against all of the plain walls and colors.

Stephanie Prince