1. The Dynamics of Training.
2. The World of Professional Engineering.
3. The Business of Structural Engineering.
4. Building Projects.
5. Bridge Projects.
6. Building Your Own Competence.
7. Communicating Your Designs.
8. Engineering Mechanics.
9. Soil Mechanics.
10. Understanding the Behavior of Concrete.
11. Understanding the Behavior of Masonry Construction.
12. Understanding the Behavior of Structural Steel.
13. Understanding the Behavior of Wood Framing.
One of the most difficult things about writing this book was coming up with a title, believe it or not. It needed to be something descriptive, yet succinct; imaginative, yet practical; and inspiring, yet memorable.
The book title, simple as it may be, gives an indication that a variety of topics will be covered; being a manual for such a broad-based subject as training engineering graduates. The process of training is a human one, where individual personalities can either hamper or enhance effort of both mentor and prot, and each party must be certain of his or her role in the experience.
It is for graduate and experienced professional alike. It is for licensed engineers from all ranges of society to refresh their knowledge of business practice, material behavior, and personal improvement in communicating with others. Most importantly of all, I trust that this book will benefit the profession of structural engineering, as we all work together to advance a solid reputation for service to others from all walks of life, all races and creeds, and all economic backgrounds.
Over the years, I have gathered articles, clippings, books, videos, and other information to help in the process of mentoring new graduates who are eager to begin their careers on the right foot. This information was also helpful to my own professional growth, as teaching others caused me to examine my own life, resulting in a benefit for everyone involved in that process. I will be the first to admit that I have not always consistently remembered or applied principles found in this book, nor have I had 100% success with bringing out the best in others that I have trained over the years. However, the information is timely and relevant to all skill levels within the profession.
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