Tuesday, May 24, 2022

EXPECTATIONS VS REALITY: Construction Engineering Management vs Structural Engineering

Aloha everyone it's kenan and welcome back to the channel so if you were anything like me and trying to get into the world of engineering and design throughout your schoolwork and people that you know you might have some sort of idea in your head of what the industry is like but is that reality and that is what we're gonna discuss today .

The expectations and realities of what it's like working in the construction and engineering industry in this video me and structural engineer matt piccardo talk about some expectations that we had going into the industries and if those thoughts actually ended up being the realities of our work so if you say to the end maybe we can answer a lot of .

Your questions that you have about each industry and if you have further questions feel free to comment below but there should be no question about hitting that like button and subscribing and hitting the notification bell below so you can join our growing family here on youtube and with that said let's get into the video what did you think .

Going into structural engineering was going to be and then how it or is it different than what it ended up being when you first started uh when i first started i went to cal poly pomona for my undergrad so the good thing about that was that's it's like a .

Full it's it's a school that focuses a lot on the practicality of things so i was fortunate enough to when we were designing steeler concrete we'd usually have or it was required that we had a professor that had their pe so that means like .

They worked in the industry before so we did a lot of design work so a lot of uh what we do what i do now is you know how to use the codes how to interpret the codes how to design beams for code so that that set a good expectation on how the industry was gonna be like but even when i got into the industry .

When i first got my first structural engineering internship uh the part that caught me by surprise was that's just it's the design work that you do at school is so little compared to like what the whole industry's like .

Like the whole learning a new language with like rfi's submittals construction support how that whole process comes in you see the bigger picture of what it takes to do a building and all the coordination and all the legalities of it that blew my mind i was not prepared for .

That and like one of the things was uh structural engineering-wise that caught me by surprise or kind of did the 180 was like wait you're telling me the least important thing for structural engineers is like .

The calculations like no one cares about those the only person that's going to look at it is like the plan checker of course they're important but when you're talking about uh what the contractors architects owners are looking at they're looking at the plans like if your plans suck your product sucks like that's our product .

It's the drawings it's not the calculations per se uh but uh knowing how important drawings are and emphasis on those and the legalities of the drawings like a binding contract so it's like those .

That's what completely caught me kind of off guard when i first entered and that's when i realized i learned i knew absolutely like nothing like great you can design a beam but what about all this other stuff and then that whole other world and the coordination and yeah the people skills that you need .

To to get to get a project done that was uh completely new to me and required a whole new skill set that i could improve upon and yeah realizing i knew nothing for sure that's that's what it was but i'm glad that the design aspect was still there because that's what i i like doing .

Oh good yeah what was it for like construction well i guess i guess the thing would be kind of going into my internship because once i did my internship it was relatively the same even across the two companies so i would say that i was i guess i i was shocked at .

I don't even know if shock's the right word but i think that it how easy it was to keep working how easy it was because of how busy you are and how much goes into everything .

Uh there's that was that was quite interesting to me when you when you just hear it without being in the industry like oh you might work 12-hour days you know seven days a week you think 84 hours that doesn't sound normal which is not right for most industries but .

Then you do it and then you're like it kind of did take that you know like you got and and um i i think i was also you realize too that everyone is not everybody has all the answers and there's a lot that goes into .

Construction for sure a lot of planning a lot of just a lot of thought and there's a lot of smart people out there but yeah it's there's some things where you some people just don't know and you just have to make the right call and .

That was was interesting to me uh your your college experience no matter how good it is will pale in comparison to what you get out of working and actually doing the job uh there's nothing a classroom can set you .

Up for really in construction because each company will be different each project will be different each environment will be different but it's fun and uh i guess more recently now i'm i'm .

Getting more involved in the legalities of uh the business which has been it can be disheartening for sure to see how much effort goes into a project and how a lawsuit can derail that um but it's .

It is a relatively litigious uh industry as well so you know it's all fun and games too you know it's all nice to build you know and see everything go up but if you don't dodge your eyes and cross your teeth properly it can be it can be quite quite a task after the .

Job yeah that whole legality thing with the i was like oh that's that's not good like you see for us like if we see like a clause in the contract it's like right oh that's a we should really look at that you realize how important like uh the legal side of it is and what you say .

On paper emails and anything else like that can all be tracked so even when you're writing emails or the way you uh do your your drawings or plans i was surprised at how much of that can like come back legally so yeah like you were saying like dotting your eyes across through your t's .

Um you know hopefully it never comes down to that but no one i think everyone loses on the team if uh if that ever comes to be right right i mean ideally like they say the best jobs are the ones where you never have to pull a contract out .

In any sense but there is also there for the for a reason so you really have to have to know what you're getting into what deal you signed and um yeah you're almost you're almost you have to be a lawyer to a certain extent depending on what .

Position you're in you have to know what what language you want to put in there you want to know what's important what risk you can take what risk you risk risky can which is not always seen when you just look at the building itself .

How many emails went back and forth to build this building yeah that's why they the lawyer talk that's why you need a lawyer to yeah like every the middle everything has like like a little disclaimer who's passing the risk it's yours .

Yeah but like everybody took every little clause like unbelievably seriously too no one would work for anyone so it's you have to build relationships you have to you know have that working relationship with people so that you can get covered later but .

Hopefully you never have to deal with it yeah well hope that video has answered a lot of the questions that you may have had about each industry again if you have any further questions feel free to comment them below if you enjoyed those truths about the reality of each industry don't forget to hit that like button and if you haven't already .

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