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What do you think every Young Graduate Water Engineer should do to become highly successful in his/her career. Is there anything you wished you could have done in your 20's or regret not doing earlier in your career?
And what's the best advice you would give to a young college graduate who is starting his/her career in the water sector.
Your experiences and insights will be very valuable to me!
PS: If you're mentioning a particular course, workshop, training, conference, internship, a particular program for MSc/MS, a particular company to start career with, a particular piece of software etc. then please mention it's name.
Get active in the various association (i.e. ASCE, AWWA etc.).
But I think the most important one is to take a job with a small to medium size engineering firm if possible. While the firm may not specifically concentrate on water or wastewater projects, you may do doing site design for residential or commercial projects, the opportunity to have exposure to various aspects of a project is invaluable. I was fortunate to work for a small firm doing site development and was responsible for every aspect of the project, from master planning with our landscape architects, doing drainage analysis and design, roadway design, water and sewer design, permitting, bidding, and construction administration. Being responsible for everything helps you to understand how it all has to fit together to work and the level of effort that goes into the design. It has made me a better engineer and helps me to do my job in the municipal water and wastewater sector every day.
James R. Wilson, P.E.
Engineering & Construction Department
CHARLESTON WATER SYSTEM
Learn the fundamentals of "numerical methods" and fluid dynamics.
Now days all the water problems are solved with numerical models.
Get practical field experience in waterworks construction. It's a great way to avoid designing stuff that can't be built.