Facts and figures to guide your career decisions: The 8th Annual Compensation Survey
As you contemplate your career path, knowing where you stand relative to your peers will help guide your decisions. Sponsored by AECWorkForce.com, this annual compensation survey reports on earnings of structural engineers, including annual salary, bonus, and raise. Benefits—including insurance, retirement, and others—are investigated as well.
Who are structural engineers?
Annually, Structural Engineer conducts a survey of our readers to further understand industry compensation trends. The study asks questions about earnings and benefits, as well as collects employee profile data in order to provide a relevant background for the information presented. The employees who responded to our Annual Compensation Survey vary greatly, but there are many commonalities.
Structural waste: Where is away?
In the book Cradle to Cradle (2002), M. Braungart and W. McDonough ask the question, "When something is thrown away, where is ’away’?" There is no simple hierarchy to indicate which structural materials are better for our planet. But a thoughtful approach to structural waste and closing the materials loop at the end of a building’s life is an important part of good design.
Defining our profession for the future
Of those who responded to my February 2008 column, "Be a mover and shaker in todays global workplace," about structural engineers being able to profoundly shape the coming decade, many focused on establishing ways to define our profession for the future. Along these lines, Stan Caldwell, chair of American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Technical Region Board of Governors, pointed out that after the Summit on the Future of Civil Engineering in June 2006, "ASCE began a long-term effort to define the role of civil engineering in the future—The Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025."
Get ahead of the job search crowd: How to create and implement your personal marketing plan
If you are feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with your job search and want to stand out from the crowd of job seekers, the following article provides advice on how to be proactive, not reactive, with your job search.
Steel moment frames 101: What to consider when creating wide-open spaces
A building’s stability is a critical design element that structural engineers must understand. Structures dating back thousands of years have typically relied upon one of, or a combination of, three system types for stability: shearwall, braced frame, and/or moment frame. This article provides an introduction to the "wide-open spaces-friendly" moment-frame system in steel-framed structures.
Clarifying code changes: Identifying updates to ACI 318-08
The American Concrete Institute (ACI) recently released ACI 318-08, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary. The code is revised by ACI committee 318, Structural Concrete Building Code, which includes a balance of structural engineers, contractors, academic members, government members, and industry members. Practicing structural engineers represent the largest group on the committee, so it’s fair to say that the deliberations and decision-making process about what eventually gets into many sections of the code have significant input from people who use it. This article highlights the changes.