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    Civil Engineering , Universities.

    Hello, currently I'm in grade 12 and soon to graduate. I am interested civil engineering so I can help build buildings and structures. Anyway my main concern is the University I am going to attend. My options are as follow: University of Ottawa (accpeted), University of McMaster (accpeted) and University of McGill(pending).

    If you were going to hire me based on education solely, which University would you hire me based on?

    and do you really think it matters if I go to Mcgill or U of Ottawa and to make things harder at U of Ottawa I am getting scholarships where as at McMaster nothing and I am pretty sure the same goes for McGill.

    Thank you for your opinions.
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    I really can't answer your question but I can say that the actual college you went to is a pretty small factor in the hiring decision.

    I've interviewed dozens of folks over the years for engineering positions and the 3 main things I looked for were

    a) Reasonable grades

    b) Some sort of real life experience at the actual work or similar. Maybe a job, maybe volunteering, maybe school clubs.. something.

    For civil engineering I'd like to see that you've done a bit of construction somewhere/somehow, or at least worked with plans.

    c) That you seem likely to be reasonably easy to work with and able to comport yourself in a professional manner.

    I.e. don't be a jerk, be nicely dressed, don't spill coffee on my desk ... etc.

    What actual school you went to might end up as a tiebreaker but unless we're talking a difference like MIT vs. University of Dogpatch it's just not that important a detail.
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    Re: Civil Engineering , Universities.

    lol that last sentence! Are you a civil engineer?
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    Re: Civil Engineering , Universities.

    I was electrical/systems engineer. A long time friend is a well respected civil engineer. If you had some specific questions that wouldn't take too much of his time I might be able to forward them to him.
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    Re: Civil Engineering , Universities.

    I would love to ask some questions, thank you for this opportunity.
    My main question is: How is his schedule and what is the main job of a civil engineer? Is it to use math/science to verify how structures are supposed to be build?
    Thank you both for your time.
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    Re: Civil Engineering , Universities.

    What skills you use as a civil engineer depends a lot on the job you get. The place I got a 2 month job in the summer was mostly "soft engineering" involving a lot of management of projects and liaising with companies like the national roads authority. Other companies do the actual engineering, they don't often use mathematics to decide how they will build things- usually they use their best intuition and knowledge from previous designs to come up with a design and then they use a software package like Solidworks to test if the design will actually work. Design companies will tend to have several ideas that work and then they pick the best based on cost or reliability or whatever else is important.
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    I agree with the previous commennts - I am an engineer (mechanical) and have hired lots of mechanical, electrical, and software engineers, and agree that grades and experience are more important that the reputation of the university you attend. (However I must say that every engineer from MIT I ever interviewed I wanted to hire.) I suggest you visit each of these schools, and see what you like about the programs offered, as well as other factors such as student life - after all, you'll be spending 4 years of your life there. As for what CE is about - my wife is a professional civil engineer, and her career has consisted of working for both large and small consulting firms. Her first job was in in a firm with hundreds of employees in the structures department - designing bridges primarily, but also safety inspections of dams in the state of NJ. Structure design involves computer simulation (fineite elements) to predict stresses in the structure to ensure it wil stand up to loads, winds, and earthquakes. Then she transferred to the highway design department, which involved geometric layout of highway designs, estimating construction costs, and some field inspections of construction. Then she moved to a small company - I think they had maybe 10 employees - doing projects like site plans for local commercial real estate firms who were building shopping centers, office parks, etc. This was mostly drafting layout work using AutoCAD, and estimating costs using spreadsheets. Of course the field of civil engineering is quite broad - some other areas that our CE friends from college have been involved with include design of oil rigs for the Gulf of Mexico, forensic investigations of collapsed structures (to figure out what went wrong), and soil mechanics (designing foundations for large buildings and dams).
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    Wow thank you guys for these informative replies, and based on what your telling me, CE is the job for me. Another factor about the university problem is that in Canada, the university of Mcgill is rated #1 where as U of Ottawa is #17 (based on a national magazine's research).

    However the biggest downside of McGill is that they do not have co-operative education meaning they hire do won't hire me after my 2nd year of university to work for a semester with a civil engineering company, where as U of Ottawa does.

    Therefore, based on what you guys are telling me, U of Ottawa sounds like a better decision (it also has a nice design as a university and I get scholarships there).

    Again thank you all for those replies.
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