The Basic Education Committee seeks your input to identify the courses and technical skills required of  individuals entering the structural engineering workforce.  Your survey responses will assist us in communicating with schools and universities, as well as, current students and rising professionals about the attributes sought in new hires by the structural engineering community.

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* 1. How many years have you practiced structural engineering?

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* 2. How many Professional Engineers and Engineers-in-Training work in your local office?

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* 3. How many Professional Engineers and Engineers-in-Trianing, in total, does your firm employ?

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* 4. What is the practice scope of your firm? (Check all that apply)

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* 5. In which region is your local office located?

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* 6. Please rate the importance of college/university education in the following subjects for new graduates entering the workforce. (Find course descriptions here.)

  Very important
Graduates should complete a full course in this subject
Important
Subject should be covered in the curriculum
Not important
Subject is not essential and may be included as an elective
Structural Analysis I
Structural Analysis II
Structural Analysis III
Steel Design I
Steel Design II
Concrete Design I
Concrete Design IIA
Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design
Concrete Design IIB
Prestressed Concrete Design
Wood Design
Masonry Design
Foundation Design/Soil Mechanics
Structural Dynamics
Technical Communications
Load Paths/Load Flow
Cold-Formed Steel Design
Bridge Design
Structural Stability
Materials Science
Earthquake Engineering
Sustainable Design
Finite Element Analysis
Wind Engineering
Blast/Progressive Collapse
Construction Management
Forensic Engineering / Engineering Failures
Performance Based Design
Introduction to Architecture or Architecture History
Construction Documentation/Drafting
Building Information Modelling

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* 7. Please list any other courses you believe are important for new graduates joining the structural engineering workforce.

NCSEA's Basic Education Committee seeks to better understand the role of computer software, the importance of manual hand calculations and classical solution methods, and the relationship of the two in preparing college graduates for practice in structural engineering. Please answer questions 8 - 11 and provide comments if applicable.

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* 8. Rate the importance of emphasizing classical “hand” methods of structural analysis such as the portal method, moment distribution, and slope deflection in the undergraduate curriculum.

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* 9. What is the importance of “hand” calculation methods such as; the portal method, moment distribution and slope deflection, when completing the following tasks in the workplace?

  Very Important Important Not Important
Preliminary design of systems (lateral or gravity load resisting systems)
Preliminary structural member sizing
Lateral analysis of buildings/bridges/systems
Structural analysis of building elements (beams, columns, walls)
Verify and interpret computer analysis results
Understand structural behavior
Structural design (code based for common materials, load resisting systems, and elements)

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* 10. Rate the importance of emphasizing the use of computer programs in the engineering curriculum to learn how to properly model structures, understand structural behavior, and interpret results.

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* 11. Rate the importance of using computer programs for the following topics when delivering the structural engineering curriculum.

  Very Important Important Not Important
Teach basic use; how to input analysis/design parameters; manipulate graphical output
Structural modeling and applying appropriate boundary conditions
Structural analysis of building systems
Structural analysis of building elements
Visual interpretation of analysis results
Understand structural behavior
Structural design (code based for common materials, load resisting systems, and elements)

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* 12. Are new graduates and rising professionals with an undergraduate degree adequately prepared when entering the workforce?

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* 13. Are new graduates and rising professionals with a graduate degree adequately prepared when entering the workforce?

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* 14. Rank the importance of including soft skills such as, communication, creativity, flexibility, leadership, public speaking, and teamwork in engineering curriculum?

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* 15. Please share any other comments you have regarding the survey, recommended curriculum, preparedness of rising professionals entering the work force, etc.

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* 16. Would you like to be contacted regarding your responses to this survey?

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