SE3 Committee Co-Chairs Present at SEAONC Dinner Meeting
On September 13, 2016, Rose McClure (SGH) and Natalie Tse (KPW) presented the SE3 preliminary findings to a crowd of engineers at the SEAONC September dinner meeting.
They were joined by several members of the SE3 Committee who engaged the audience in lively discussion during the reception afterwards.
SE3 Survey Comments Reveal Wide Range of Experiences Within Structural Engineering Profession
We received numerous comments at the end of our 2016 survey. They reveal a wide range of experiences in the Structural Engineering profession. Here is a small sample of the comments we received.
"I am enormously happy with my career as a structural engineer. I had a rare, varied, and highly rewarding career in design, construction and forensic work." Male, mid-70s
"People who stay in the field (both men and women) do so for the love of it - as an avocation, not to fulfill ego or greed. This makes them, on the whole, more respectful and interested in their employees as people." Female, early-40s
"Employers would be wise to learn that engineers are not a commodity. They are the source of income and profits, to be well nourished, consistent with their talent levels." Male, late-60s
"As a mother with a professional engineering career, my experiences are better described as 'confused' and 'conflicted', rather than 'pleased' or 'dissatisfied.' Female, late-30s
'I think our industry is lagging in... compensation as scaled to education and training requirements compared to other professions." Male, mid-30s
"I was explicitly told that a promotion was delayed due to the fact that management didn't know if I was 'going to be a mother or an engineer'." Female, mid-30s
"Wish I would have spent more time with family. Felt I could not in order to succeed at career." Male, early-40s
"I felt as a female I had a very strong support network throughout my years in college. Once I started working, however, there was little to no support for females, and work-life balance in general." Female, early-30s
"In general, I believe structural engineers offer more value than they are compensated for." Male, mid-20s