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Programs Structural/Geotechnical or Water Resource Specialization (Civil Engineering)

  1. Jan 12, 2017 #1
    Hello,

    May I ask any civil engineers on this forum for their input of pros/cons of specializing in structural / water resources engineering?

    I am having a hard time choosing between the two because I really enjoy both subject. I enjoy both topics and I am afraid that if I choose one over the other, I may never end up working in both (is this even possible)?

    Any input is really appreciated,

    Sakon
     
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  3. Jan 12, 2017 #2

    PhanthomJay

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    My sense in talking to a few enviro grads is that the job market is not all that great. I took Civil Engineering in undergrad school many years ago, with courses in both environmetal and structural , but with a focus on structural, and chose the latter for grad school studies. , not finding wastewater very interesting. Based on some of your recent responses to posts, you seem to have a good handle on structural mechanics. Now I can't decide for you of course, but you know what I would choose...
     
  4. Jan 13, 2017 #3
    The only thing I like about water resources is hydraulics especially dams and spill ways. I don't know how to design anything but I like the idea of it.
    Do you think structural engineers could be involved in such projects?
     
  5. Jan 13, 2017 #4

    PhanthomJay

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    I don't think you should limit yourself to a particular area of civil/environmental/hydraulic engineering or civil/structural engineering, since you don't know what your first job will be. But as a structural engineer for dams and spillways, etc., does a job like this interest you?
    http://aecom.jobs/germantown-md/structural-engineer/697E5D4AB9D240E4B3DC2C3D01D43CB1/job/ [Broken]
     
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  6. Jan 13, 2017 #5
    Yes, thank you very much! This is what I've had in mind !
    Since I'm studying in a Canadian university, do you think it will affect my chances of getting an engineering job in the US? Would I need an "equivalent" degree?
     
  7. Jan 14, 2017 #6

    PhanthomJay

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    As long as your university is accredited, it should not make any difference at all. Engineers in the US come from all parts of the world. Of course, similar jobs exist in Canada ( check out Hydro Quebec)
    Make sure you take courses in Reinforced Concrete design.
     
  8. Jan 14, 2017 #7
    I really appreciate your input, thank you.
     
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