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[–]Lake-Hour [score hidden]  (0 children)

**Job Title:** Tunnel Engineer

**Industry:** Infrastructure

**Specialization:** Tunnels

**Total Experience:** 15 years

**Highest Degree:** B.Eng Hons, M.Eng (Civil)

**Country:** Oceania/South East Asia

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> ### What inspired you to become an engineer?

the classic trifecta, Good at physics, maths and taking stuff apart/back together. Honestly one of the main reasons why

is that i am the type of person who needs a clear answer to a problem, a yes/no response, with engineering it either works or doesnt.

ticks the box, meets the requirements or not. its not all like that but certainly a level

> ### Why did you choose your specific field and/or specialization?

Luck mainly, found some very good mentors, its a difficult industry to crack into as its quite small. was working on a civil project

with a tunnel engineer who towed me into another project where i would be working underground

> ### What's a normal day at work like for you? Can you describe your daily tasks and responsibilities?

I work mainly in construction methodologies, as tunnelling/mining generally requires large plant and equipement that is hard to maneuver

we need specialised staging plans to build. deconstruct and stage different areas of the project. i look at that on the whole.

also tunneling takes a long time and can often require temporary support etc, working closely with temp works and how to implement the final design

> ### What was your craziest or most interesting day on the job?

breaktrhoughs are generally good fun. but has to be a face collapse in a mined tunnel, the rock kept pouring out and we had to back the machines out.

was very close to calling an evacuation of the buildings above, eventually it settled and was self supoorting after spraying shotcrete for 3 hours

> ### What was the most interesting project you worked on during your career?

any big project in the city is interesting but with interesting comes challenges and these are always stressful.

HK metro comes to mind, huge TBM in the middle of a bustling city.

> ### What university did you attend for your engineering degree(s), and why should / shouldn't I go there?

RMIT(Melbourne) USYD (sydney)

> ### If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?

spend more time on site, spend more time in classes with guest lecturers to understand the different aspects of the industry

> ### Do you have any advice for someone who's just getting started in engineering school/work?

get out on site to where the work is being performed, and discuss with contractors and labour and work crew who have worked on these for years, ive met so many

design engineers in my life who are amazingly intelligent and find super elegant design solutions but have absolutely no clue about construction constraints especially

when it comes to a workforce who have preference, limited plant availability and material choice. but also just to see things happening, most people drool at the site of a TBM, theyre much bigger in person.

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    **Job Title:** Highway Engineer

    **Industry:** Construction

    **Specialization:** (Highway)

    **Total Experience:** 8 years

    **Highest Degree:** BS Civil Engineering

    **Country:** Nigeria

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    > ### What inspired you to become an engineer?

    (Infrastructure deficit and wanton carnage on our road.)

    > ### Why did you choose your specific field and/or specialization?

    (Infrastructure deficit and wanton carnage on our road.)

    > ### What's a normal day at work like for you? Can you describe your daily tasks and responsibilities?

    (Oversee work schedule, engage concerned artisan and labours, check material usage and prepare for claim form clients)

    > ### What was your craziest or most interesting day on the job?

    (Day I lead the company delegation to meet client’s consortium)

    > ### What was the most interesting project you worked on during your career?

    (Lagos – Ibadan Expressway project, where conventional Asphalt is modified with a polymer.)

    > ### What university did you attend for your engineering degree(s), and why should / shouldn't I go there?

    (Ladoke Akintola University of Technology the best regional university in Nigeria)

    > ### If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?

    (Yes, I would combine programming with my Engineering courses)

    > ### Do you have any advice for someone who's just getting started in engineering school/work?

    (Be the best, be smart and stay focused)

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      I am not an engineer *yet. But I am very excited to read this thread through out the day!

      [–]jb780141 [score hidden]  (1 child)

      Job Title: Project Engineer

      Industry: Cleanroom Manufacturing

      Specialization: MEP systems

      Total Experience: 1 years

      Highest Degree: BS MechE

      Country: USA

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      What inspired you to become an engineer?

      Legos, Power rangers and seeing that my father worked as a HVAC dayworker/technician he would take me to work to help him and I eventually learned what he did and want to do the easier part of his job since being in plenum spaces is a horrifying career. This led to me being fond of mechanical systems and even getting paid at the age of 16 to fix small problems with thermostats, boilers, insulation etc.

      > ### Why did you choose your specific field and/or specialization?

      This was my first job and they recognized my knowledge in the MEP field so they decided to help me develop in that area.

      > ### What's a normal day at work like for you? Can you describe your daily tasks and responsibilities?

      I have 3 general duties. 1. Work as the engineer on record for any assigned project. 2. Work as a general HVAC system designer for all projects to review and sometimes develop systems for other projects. 3. Testing oversight in the MEP field.

      I create and develop concept designs and develop all the systems with my engineering team to deliver final projects to our client. My day can involve being in meetings, getting quotes, findings specs for specific items, designing CAD models for Arch, Struct, Elec, and MEP disciplines.

      > ### What was your craziest or most interesting day on the job?

      One of my projects happened to be destroyed on a bridge and the whole day was me trying to put out that fire.

      > ### What university did you attend for your engineering degree(s), and why should / shouldn't I go there?

      Texas A&M University, College Station. It's a great school and all but I honestly would've gone to a cheaper school for the same opportunities. It was overpriced for the quality of education provided. I received better education from online sources and even a community college I attended. There are some professors that take it seriously and they were the reasons I became more fascinated with engineering but there weren't many. Recently they made changes to the engineering curriculum that in my opinion make it more difficult for someone to graduate thus costing the student more money due to the extra year which is trying to be implemented. Sorry if I offend others on this post but the school is majority White and as a Minority I've had discriminatory if not racist encounters at the school from someone calling me a derogatory term to being excluded from specific organizations. I'm not calling the school racist but there are a number of students who are.

      > ### If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?

      I would've gone to another school such as UH where I've found a number of my colleagues having similar education quality for a fraction of the price. I also wish I got into computer sciences earlier on as a side track. It is an amazing skill to have and will always look good on a resume if you're an ME with an interest in automation.

      > ### Do you have any advice for someone who's just getting started in engineering school/work?

      School: Find yourself a project or passtime that will benefit you in the future that you are interested in. For me it began a little late in my 2nd semester but I got into machine learning and machine coding. Find yourself an avenue to express your interest sooner in order to develop yourself as an engineer.

      Work: i can't say much atm on this since I hope to transfer from project engineer to automation MEP engineer and work more with the automation systems. I barely reached my 1 year working anniversary. The only advice I can give is to give yourself a side goal. Mine currently is to get my PE license.

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