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  • 1.  Unlocking Your Potential: Strategies to Become a Highly Sought-After Civil Engineering Professional

    Posted 05-10-2024 09:09 AM

    Welcome, aspiring and seasoned civil engineering professionals alike! In today's fast-paced and competitive job market, standing out as a sought-after candidate is key to unlocking exciting career opportunities. Whether you're a recent graduate embarking on your professional journey or a seasoned veteran looking to elevate your profile, this discussion is tailored to help you discover strategies and insights to become a highly sought-after civil engineering professional. 

    I wholeheartedly encourage you to share your firsthand tips, tricks, and success stories that have helped you become a sought-after candidate in the field of civil engineering. Together, let's compile a treasure trove of actionable advice that will empower fellow members to thrive in their careers and make meaningful contributions to our profession. 



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    Cody Obropta P.E., M.ASCE
    Environmental Engineer
    Maine Department of Environmental Protection
    Bangor ME
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  • 2.  RE: Unlocking Your Potential: Strategies to Become a Highly Sought-After Civil Engineering Professional

    Posted 29 days ago

    Personally I find that there are not enough civil engineers who know how to program or think like a programmer. While this is not applicable for every branch of the civil engineering field, there are many areas of the profession where data analysis and data manipulation is still important. Lacking a programmer on staff often leads to falling back on less efficient methods for storing, wrangling, and evaluating data. 

    On the polar opposite side of the room, it is also a skill to know how (and when) to communicate non-technically, too. People like people that they can just "have a conversation with". 

    If you can leverage effective technical skills hidden behind a "normal person" form of communication, you can easily find yourself in demand. 



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    Christopher Seigel P.E., M.ASCE
    Civil Engineer
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  • 3.  RE: Unlocking Your Potential: Strategies to Become a Highly Sought-After Civil Engineering Professional

    Posted 19 days ago

    I couldn't agree more, Christopher! I can't tell you how many times I've seen a company struggling with a particular task that could easily be automated or remedied with someone halfway competent with Microsoft Excel. 

    I also very much agree on knowing how and when to communicate (and when it may be best to keep things to yourself). 



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    Cody Obropta P.E., M.ASCE
    Environmental Engineer
    Maine Department of Environmental Protection
    Bangor ME
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  • 4.  RE: Unlocking Your Potential: Strategies to Become a Highly Sought-After Civil Engineering Professional

    Posted 19 days ago

    I'll offer my own advice and thoughts for this discussion. 

    I think part of becoming a sought-after candidate is building both a strong network and a reputation of hard work and ambition.

    How do you build a strong network? I think it starts with having a platform on which you can collect contacts. LinkedIn serves as the obvious choice for this. It's a professional environment where you can connect with people and post about topics you're interested in. To expand your contacts, I recommend attending conferences, seminars, virtual trainings, and other community events. Connect with these people on LinkedIn after you make introductions so that you can keep the relationship going. From there, it's a matter of staying active on the platform and meticulously documenting your achievements and certifications. 

    When I say building a reputation of hard work and ambition, I don't just mean fully applying yourself to your job. Successful projects make great content to share, but you can also project ambition by completing various certifications and continuing your education. These could simply be lunch-and-learns or free webinars offered by various organizations. Once you attend them and get your certificate, post about it on LinkedIn. Share something you learned! This minor act may seem insignificant, but it shows a willingness to learn and the ability to communicate. This type of "self-marketing" is gold to the recruiter looking for someone to fill an opportunity they have. 

    Besides this, keeping your resume up-to-date on LinkedIn, adding certifications, and writing recommendations or endorsing your fellow co-workers can all have a positive effect on your online appearance. You just have to learn to present the same great qualities in person as you do online. 



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    Cody Obropta P.E., M.ASCE
    Environmental Engineer
    Maine Department of Environmental Protection
    Bangor ME
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  • 5.  RE: Unlocking Your Potential: Strategies to Become a Highly Sought-After Civil Engineering Professional

    Posted 19 days ago

    Dear all, good afternoon!

    Despite already having 20 years as a civil engineer and a vast experience here in Brazil, I am new here in the group (ASCE), so I intend to exchange experiences with you.
    I have worked in various areas of civil construction, infrastructure, house construction, building construction and even scenic cities for TV soap operas. I currently work in a Nuclear fuel factory, where I have the opportunity to work in practically all civil construction roles.



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    Andre Landim Fernandes C.Eng, M.ASCE
    Engenheiro Civil
    Resende - Rio de Janeiro - Brasil
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  • 6.  RE: Unlocking Your Potential: Strategies to Become a Highly Sought-After Civil Engineering Professional

    Posted 19 days ago

    It's simple: technical competency and a strong track record of delivery and achievement. Furthermore, you need good communication skills and the ability to tell others how your contributions have moved the bottom line.



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    Mitch Winkler P.E.(inactive), M.ASCE
    Houston, TX
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  • 7.  RE: Unlocking Your Potential: Strategies to Become a Highly Sought-After Civil Engineering Professional

    Posted 15 days ago

    As I said, I have 20 years of experience in works and projects, and I am always willing to learn and pass on what little I know. In the last 15 years I have been in charge of works and maintenance at the only nuclear fuel manufacturing company in Brazil.

    Recently I was responsible for replacing the manufacturing cover without removing the machinery, which as everyone knows is very sensitive and very valuable and there are no others on the market if they break. The factory's roof is made up of 24 m prestressed concrete tiles weighing 6 tons each. These and other experiences I can exchange with anyone interested.



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    Andre Landim Fernandes C.Eng, M.ASCE
    Engenheiro Civil
    Resende - Rio De Janeiro - Brasil
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