From the Publisher
Guidance and real answers for students contemplating a career in engineering and for recent graduates wanting some help in their quest to become Professional Engineers. Based on the author's personal experiences, starting in high school, through university and 30 years thereafter, while working as a civil and structural engineer first in South Africa and then in the United States of America. Once working, there were many “Aha!” moments that shape the work philosophy of an engineer. Those are the basic principles which guide you through complex tasks in the most efficient manner. They are hard-earned and sometimes expensive lessons that teach you what no course will. One of the more important lessons, that it is cheaper to learn from other people’s experience than from your own, is what this book is all about. These writings allow you to acquire one engineer’s insights without incurring the underlying costs and pain, to add to your own and to those you are able to glean from other sources.