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Old 05-09-2015, 10:20 AM   #21
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There are engineering fields that utilize design/art, or at least should. There is no reason why a bridge cannot include fine design. US industrial products have been stodgy until relatively recently.. think about Apple products. Take a look at Ziba Careers | Ziba If the OP's son finds Ziba, or product design, interesting he should study their business and try to arrange an informational interview.
true enough--industrial design is a good choice, I was alluding to the building industry side of things, in theory you can feed your design side but it is a more difficult path. But a good engineer that understands the design process is most welcome!
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I wouldn't just look at civil or mechanical. Chemical engineering, biological, industrial, electrical are all good choices. I'm a chemical, my daughter is a biological engineer with a masters in civil engineering, my son is a chemical engineer. There are always plenty of jobs for engineering. Starting wages are close to six figures in chemical and it is not hard to work up to much higher over time. I'm making physician level pay with an inexpensive four year chemical engineering degree and could retire now in my 50's if I find something more fun to do. Work has been a tremendously fun hobby my entire career because engineering allows so much creativity and gives a feeling of achievement that is very satisfying.
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If that is the case won't he be bored by engineering work? I mean the Architect thing will feed his artistic side. It is why "I" went into it as it is the best of both worlds.

If he chooses to be an engineer but he has to recognize that will NOT feed his design/art side and he should find a hobby that allows him to explore that-OR he will get bored with the engineering in my opinion. I enjoy the technical side of what I do but if that was all I was exposed to, I know I would quickly be bored by that aspect.

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I was unclear on why he would be bored.... I think he would be bored working in an office all day. I think he wants to be out in the field. Maybe I am wrong and architects are out doing things in the field when the stuff is being built.... but the ones I have seen did not.
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As a matter of fact architects spend little time out in the field. They periodically observe a project under construction and then that task is pretty much delegated to the project manager. The project architect and the designer (often a person who attended a school of architecture but can't pass the exam) visit the site initially with the client, take pictures. 90% of the rest of their time is spent on CAD.
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I was unclear on why he would be bored.... I think he would be bored working in an office all day. I think he wants to be out in the field. Maybe I am wrong and architects are out doing things in the field when the stuff is being built.... but the ones I have seen did not.
ahh...yes he would get bored, as typically young architects right out of school, will spend the vast majority of time in the office. I can't speak for the other building design professions, but I think for any of them that would be the case. I don't recall meeting very many young engineers at meetings, etc.

I also must be an exception to the rules, as I have spent a fair amount of time in the field and out of the office. When I worked for a large firm, I had a very specific specialty type project I was involved (ski lodges and residential high rises) which had me traveling a fair amount. In my current small practice my current projects tend towards custom residential and micro breweries (it is a tough job but someone has to do it!) and I don't spend a ton of time drafting, I do that work as I am a single proprietor but as I mentioned before I have to be a jack of all trades so I am constantly doing a wide variety of things.

I did spend (and still do) some time on cadd/sketchup/bim/indesign/photoshop but it isn't 90% of my time, but I have seen people who do. Like any profession it is what you make of it and your personality and drive is a huge factor in what you do.
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