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
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 319
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