Structural Engineer myths busted
Myths… Myths, everywhere myths. I hate (sorry about using a harsh word) people who create these myths. I have written many articles to bust some popular myths among the people. Anyway, this article is a different topic for me. OK, it’s not just applicable to the Structural Engineer, it’s general for all the engineers and engineering. Let’s bust some (4) myths about engineers.
1) Myth: “Engineering is an easy-peasy job”: This could be the biggest lie of all. Let me bust this taking the Structural Engineer. Do know the responsibilities of a Structural Engineer? Do you know about “how many calculations” he has to do for getting the structural design right? And, what if his calculations go wrong? OK, see what the Wikipedia says about “who is a Structural Engineer,” “Structural engineers analyze, design, plan, and research structural components and structural systems to achieve design goals and ensure the safety and comfort of users or occupants. Their work takes account mainly of safety, technical, economic and environmental concerns, but they may also consider aesthetic and social factors.”
2) Myth: Engineers, they are not creative people: Well, the engineers can be the most creative people in the world. They design and redesign literary everything.
How about the Eiffel Tower? Many examples are there to prove the creativity of the engineers.
3) Myth: The engineers can’t fail
Even though the engineers can’t afford to fail, at the end of the day; they are humans. OK, it’s true that a structural failure can be a disaster. That’s why I said in the first point “Structural Engineering is not an easy-peasy job.” OK, let’s move onto a different engineering industry. How about manufacturing an electronic. While the failures cost you more, the failures lead to a better product. Also, the failures may lead to a completely new product. Well, as the owner of the manufacturing plant, you will just see the negative side of the failures. Still, a positive side exists, so keep it in mind.
4) Myth: Getting the license is the end
As a Structural Engineer, getting the license is a must, but it does not end your hard work. The world is developing rapidly, so the engineers should learn a new thing every day. You must improve your skills and creativity to beat the computer programs to survive the battle. If not, the Structural Engineers will be replaced by computer programs in the future. I have come across articles on the future of the Structural Engineer. Every article “they should work hard if to stand out from the rest of the crowd.”
Now, what do you think? Every job in this world is not as easy as you think. OK, let’s talk about “road sweeping.” Do you consider it to be an easy-peasy job? No, it’s not. So, don’t underestimate any job. They are not as easy and straightforward as you think.