My future as a writer

5 Dec

Civil Engineering is a very broad field in the area of construction. The knowledge of construction management, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, surveying, transportation engineering, and water resources engineering is essential for becoming successful in this field. Professional engineers are required to have an expert knowledge in each of these areas so they can successfully come up with new ideas and materials that can better the building world as a whole. Because civil engineering is such a broad field of engineering, I think that there is no way a freshman in college can get a grasp on this complex field of study so soon. It takes years and even decades of job experience and classes to even begin to understand the huge responsibility of being a professional engineer. As I begin to progress more throughout my college journey I now have a better understanding of what I need to focus more on as a civil engineering major and what I have to know to be ready to be on the job. As I come to my later years of college, I expect to have a much greater prospective of the civil engineering field and have a thorough knowledge of each area and be able to have critical thinking skills that allow me to be able to analyze and experiment new materials and designs to better the safety of the people.

Being a good academic researcher can be very beneficial throughout your time in college.  As an academic researcher, I think I struggle with knowing whether I can trust certain information. As technology grows, more and more people have access to websites and articles than ever before. I struggle with finding out if a source is credible or not. I have no problem with finding great information it just becomes hard to find out if the websites are presenting accurate information. By taking your English class, I have now a better understanding of the civil engineering field and what I need to become better at as I move further in my degree. For my future academic projects, I will focus more on person to person interaction to gather most of my information. Being at this great campus, there is knowledge everywhere in every field of study. I am going to take advantage of this and go to professors and the librarians when I have any questions concerning the civil engineering field or any other topic. I think that there knowledge of the field can be very helpful because they have a lot of experience and know many different things about their study that you may not find on an internet site.

I have always struggled as a writer throughout school. There are many things I am uncertain about when it comes to writing papers. I think part of this is because of my field of study, I am strong in the math and science field but I seem to struggle in the English department. In civil engineering, as I have found out in my research, writing is something that engineers do often. Though different from everyday writing the writing that engineers do is important for the spread of knowledge throughout the industry. I think I am stronger in areas of writing that require me to share ideas and information that I have found while experimenting different ideas and materials. To get better at my writing skills, I look forward to learning from the professors teachings and use them to better my education. If I pay attention and work hard they will show me how to properly write as an engineer so that I can publish my ideas and the rest of the engineering industry can one day learn what I discover.


Reflection post (Interview)

5 Dec

I met with Dr. Gustavo Molina, an engineering professor, about the types of writing in my major and what types of expectations of students enrolled in these courses along with what skills would be most beneficial to students entering the major. Going into the engineering field I have more experience than most college freshman. I have known this is what I wanted to do for most of my life, and I have been around a construction company for my whole life. In this interview, I was mostly concerned about the writing in the upper level classes in civil engineering. Dr. Molina teaches my class now called engineering graphics- one that requires little to none writing. He told me that in most upper level engineering classes students will be required to write detailed lab reports, and technical reports for presenting information about a certain design or project. These papers usually consist of detailed information with graphs and diagrams providing information on the experiments done with an idea or material.   Students are expected to be able to thoroughly describe the uses and modifications for an idea, showing a great knowledge for it and its limitations. This way, students will be able to write reports when they get on the job and they will be able to propose changes to building plans or make modifications to designs and be able to thoroughly describe the reasoning behind it to their boss and other workers on the job. He said the most beneficial thing to have entering the major would be job experience and a good work ethic. He said that when looking for a job after college, job experience is one of the most important aspects a company looks at when hiring. Luckily, I have already mastered four summers worth of job experience throughout high school and am looking to continue with the same company throughout college. I think that this and my hard work ethic will be a key role in getting a job and becoming a successful professional civil engineer one day.


Blog Post 6

5 Dec

During this week I have learned how much writing will be done in college and on the job every day. What I found made me very happy, considering I was hoping all along that I wouldn’t have to do very much. In college, the upper level writing will mostly consist of technical reports. Technical reports mostly involve describing the specs of a product or material. Engineers are constantly looking for new more efficient ways to build. Technical reports allow them to be able to report whether the idea failed or worked and what modifications could be made to make the product better. These technical reports follow strict guidelines so every engineer can read what is being said. Writing in the field involves proposals, environmental policy statements, and project notebooks that all consist of new ideas and modifications to projects that they are working on. I’m glad to see that the writing I will have to do is interesting and for the good of all engineers so that we can come up with better ways to better serve the people and keep public safety our top priority.

Blog post 5

5 Dec

As I move throughout my research, I wanted to stop and actually see what all a professional engineer does on the job. Though I know a civil engineer will likely have many important jobs, I’d like to see which ones I’ll need to be able to use daily. Civil engineers will likely be involved in the planning and supervising infrastructure building. Civil engineers mostly work on public works projects such as roads, bridges, dams, and other large structures. Being a civil engineer will require you to be able to use math and science skills in everyday challenges. While communicating with all the other workers on the job an engineer must be able to analyze map and survey data, develop blueprints, making modifications or improvements to an idea, and oversee the overall work of the project until completion.  While researching this topic it has become clear that it’s going to be a long hard ride in college, but with hard work I will be able to have lifelong success doing a job that I love.


Blog post 4

5 Dec

As I purse a civil engineering degree, I have many questions about the program and what kind of classes I will be taking. Georgia Southern hasn’t been offering the civil engineering program very long, first starting in the fall of 2011. In order to complete a bachelor of science in civil engineering degree a student must complete a minimum of 133 hours, while maintaining at least a 2.0 GPA throughout courses applying to the degree. Georgia Southern uses state of the art technology to ensure that students are ready for the real world and any challenges that might be in their way. With many hard math and science classes, I look forward to hard but well-preparing classes to get me ready to be on the job.

Blog Post 3

5 Dec

When the 18th century arose, many important changes began to partake in the engineering field. The first engineering school opened in France in 1747. John Smeaton became the first self-proclaimed civil engineer in 1769. The world’s first engineering society was formed in 1818 called the Institution of Civil Engineers. In the United States, Norwich University became recognized as the first college in the United States to offer civil engineering as a separate discipline. Civil Engineering became notified as a profession in the year 1828. In recent years, the technology has changed for the better in many ways. With more efficient machines and the introduction of computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM). It is amazing to think that not long ago engineers had to build everything with man power and now we have huge machines and robots to do most manual labor. Theses advancements in technology have made buildings and roads safer and the manufacturing of products much faster and more efficient.

Blog post 2

5 Dec

Civil Engineering has been around since the existence of the human race. Humans have used caves as shelter, and tree branches for rafts, which shows innovation and the practice of civil engineering. Between 4000 and 2000 B.C. transportation became more important which led to the inventions of the wheel and sailing. The Pyramids of Egypt became the first large civil engineering structures built by Imhotep, the first documented engineer around 2600 B.C. The Great Wall of China constructed around 200 B.C. is also recognized to be one of the major first accomplishments by man. The first scientific and mathematical approach to engineering was said to be in the third century B.C. by Archimedes. Engineers were important people in the military as they built catapults, towers, and other weapons to help give their side an advantage. It is amazing for me to think that an engineer could construct something as massive as the Great Wall of China or the Pyramids of Egypt without the aid of technology and the structures still stand today, hundreds of years later. Without the help of technology I can’t imagine how smart these people were to build ways for irrigation, dams, bridges, and large buildings with only man power.