Pros: Working in a Civil Engineering environment, Knowing and working with people who knows the business well, and learning from tenured engineers and technical people.
Cons: When business is slow, I had to look for something to make me billable.
We just merged with AECOM less than a year ago. I joined URS Corp (name of previous company before merger) 9 (nine) years ago straight from Westwood College where I acquired my Associates Degree in Architectural Design/AutoCAD Drafting.
A typical day would start with red lined plans on my desk for drafting.
This activity would usually keep me busy the entire day. However, once in a while I would accompany the Project Engineer in gathering data and taking pictures of the project site. I also deliver documents like plans and bidding materials for submission to the client.
For me, the hardest part of the job was at the beginning of my nine years stay at URS. Almost everything is new, like office procedures,
technical terms, and CADD drafting techniques. Fortunately, I have some people who were more than willing to take me "under their wings" and showed me how things are done correctly. I am still learning. There are still a lot of things that I need to learn most specially with the advancing technology. But I can rest assure that my fellow co-workers will assist me whenever I needed their help.
There are a lot of things that I have learned while working that I have not learned from school. There were a lot of AutoCAD command features and short cuts that I have learned from tenured CADD Technicians.
I guess the most satisfying part of the job is knowing that I have contributed something technical for the growth of our country.