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Osterheld, C. M. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 17, Number 7 (April 1913)

Read, B. K.
The drafting room and its opportunities for the young engineering graduate,   pp. 319-322


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Opportunities for the Young Gradua(te
THE DRAFTING ROOM AND ITS OPPORTUNITIES FOR
        THE YOUNG ENGINEERING GRADUATE
                         B. K. REAi)
  In the spring of the year the senior of an engineering class
begins to feel that he does not know all there is to know about
engineering, and asks himself, "Where can I go to get experi-
ence and what line of work shall I follow?"  Although the
young man must answer part of this question himself possibly
he can gain a little advice from some one who has had consider-
able experience in the engineering profession. The field is big
and unless the young engineer knows something of his qualifica-
tions, it is pretty hard to determine what to do.
  The question is often asked, "Is the drafting room a good
place to begin to gain engineering experience, or is it a place
to avoid?" Some students during their college training know
that when they leave college they will not enter the drawing
room, and that they never could draw anyway. Perhaps the
man to whom drawing is distasteful had better avoid the draft-
ing room, but to the man who can draw well, the drafting room
offers unlimited opportunities.
  Along with the advantages of the drafting room, of course
there are the disadvantages. The drafting board is perhaps not
the best place to promote good health. The work in the draw-
ing room is indoor work and very confining, but the person in
good health will not be affected by a position in the drawing
room.
  Let us follow the young engineer, who chooses the drawing
room as his beginning. Upon his graduation, he obtains a place
in a drafting office, and brings his tools, slide-rules, reference
hand books, and is assigned to a place to work. He just left
his Alma Mater with flying colors as a graduate and calls him-
self an alumnus, but now, after he has just settled down to his
duties in a drawing room, with the gaze of strange faces of
draftsmen (many of them middle-aged men), he feels very
mueh like a freshman during his first day on the campus. This
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