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
The Wisconsin Engineer young man has calculated stresses in machine parts, stresses in steel and gone to higher mathematics to get some of it. When the first work is assigned to him, he expects to get some- thing along the same line he had in school. About the first assignment he gets is some simple tracing or copying. Some- times he does not know where to begin and he is too timid to ask many questions. He stumbles along for a few weeks until he beconmes aquainted with his work and his fellow workers, and accustom to the new environment. Generally the person in charge lets the new beginner go along with miscellaneous work for some time and gets acquainted with the man. After a few weeks the young engineer can make his efforts show re- sults. In order to receive all of the opportunities that the drawing room affords, the young man must first be able to represent ideas on paper and do it skillfully; the better he can do this the more notice he receives. There is nothing that leaves a better impression than a well executed drawing. Ideas must be developed and shown on paper. They bring out reasoning and thought and at this point the young engineer can begin to show his worth. These ideas are usually brought from. the men higher up in the engineering profession, and while some of these ideas are worth less and others are of great value. One can readily see the unlimited field and interest that is thus brought out. rThe idea is usually brought to the drafting room from the officers of the company and assigned by the chief draftsman to different men. It is the association with these men that bring the opportunities where the draftsman is competent. There is another side of the drafting room which probably is not as rosy as it might be. Some work comes to the drafts- man's desk which is drudgery, and all drafting rooms have a certain amount of it. Thle drawinog room is a place where a young man probably should not stay too long. A good man may be taken out be- fore lie really had a good start. His superior officers see the qualifications in him and that is all that is necessary. With the experience of the drawing room and the general office methods this young man has a good foundation for the field. 320
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