In about 1996 or 1997, when I joined Toastmasters (which I highly recommend to anyone who needs to speak in public), my first speech to that group was titled, “I Tell People that I’m a Civil Engineer”.  The next line is… “But I’m not”.  It was a great icebreaker as my first speech in Toastmasters.  And that is true.  I have never had a class that is specific to civil engineering.  I have three engineering degrees, but none of them are in civil engineering.  Here is how the degrees go:

  1. BS Mining Engineering
  2. BS Geological Engineer
  3. MEng Geotechnical Engineer

See?  No degrees in civil engineering.  I’ve never had a course in pavement design or concrete design.   Please don’t expect me to design a bridge.  Okay, in reality, I don’t tell everybody that I’m a civil engineer, it’s only when I don’t really have the time to tell the actual story.  It complicates things when you consider that my registrations as a professional engineer are as a civil engineer… but geotechnical engineering is a specialty field within civil engineering.  Or is it more complicated that my registration in South Africa is as a mining engineer? 

People generally know what a civil engineer is, but you need a little more time to explain what a geotechnical engineer is, and that’s why I’ll have a blog called Geotechnical Engineering 101.  I’ll also have blogs at some point called Mining Engineering 101 and Geological Engineering 101. 

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Comments (2)

  1. Dawn Carlos

    January 21, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Your latest on bring a” civil engineer “ was great!! I wanted more!!!

    • admin

      January 22, 2019 at 5:15 am

      Well, stay tuned then!!!
      There will be much more to come!

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