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Engineering Schools, Jobs and Resources

Posted by Wendy Gintz on Mar 22, 2017 7:43:00 PM

Engineering is such a broad industry with so many different disciplines. So let's break it down a bit. In this blog we will discuss Engineering Schools, Disciplines, Job Opportunities as well as some specific everyday resources used by the DIS-TRAN Steel engineers.

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According to Grad Schools, the top 5 Engineering Schools are:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA
  • Stanford in Stanford, CA
  • University of California - Berkeley in Berkeley, CA
  • California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA
  • Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh, PA

Not to completely leave out the Louisiana Schools that ranked for Top Engineering Schools, here are our locals:

  • Louisiana State University (LSU) ranked 100
  • Tulane University ranked 105
  • Louisiana Tech University ranked 139

Now that you know where the best schools are, here is a list of the main Engineering Disciplines and Job Opportunities.

1. Chemical Engineering is expected to grow 2% between 2014-2024. Not much growth here but many opportunities. Some continue to be Biomedical Engineers, Chemical Technicians, Nuclear Engineers and Chemist & Materials Scientist.

2. Civil Engineering is expected to grow 8% between 2014-2024. These seems to be the opportunity for some growth in this field. Job opportunities may consist of Architects, Civil Engineer Technicians, Construction Managers, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering as well as Surveyors.

3. Electrical Engineering is expected to show little to no growth between 2014-2024. You may look into Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Electricians and even Sales Engineers.

4. Software Engineering is expected to have the highest growth rate (17%) between 2014-2024. Opportunities consist of Computer & Information Research Scientist, Computer Hardware Engineer, Computer Network Architects, Computer Systems Analyst, Mathematicians and Web Developers.

These are just some of the TOP disciplines in Engineering. As you can see, there are many opportunities in the Utility Industry. DIS-TRAN Steel provides civil engineering services along with our products. We design, detail and fabricate steel transmission and substation structures. Our engineers focus on designing structures that can withstand the loads needed to transport electrical systems to the end user like you and me. The two main structure types are Standard Steel and Tapered Tubular. Each structure is made from different steel shapes. Standard Steel structures are made from preformed beams, angles, plates and tubes. Tapered Tubular structures start off as a flat piece of plate that is then bent and formed into a tapered pole. Just like these structures use different steel pieces they also use different design software and standards.

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Design Software:

Standard Shape - typically use an analysis software (RAM, STAAD, SAAP, etc.) as well as calculation sheets created in either Excel or Mathcad. At DIS-TRAN, we currently use RAM Elements as our analysis software and rely heavily on Excel to create supporting calculation sheets (i.e. load development & connection design sheets).

Tapered Tubular - The standard edition of PLS-CADD is a line design program that includes all the terrain, sag-tension, loads, clearances and drafting functions necessary for the design of an entire power line. TOWER analyzes, designs and optimizes steel lattice towers for transmission and substation applications. PLS-POLE analyzes and designs structures with wood, laminated wood, steel, concrete or fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) poles, or modular aluminum masts.

Design Standards:

Substation Steel Structures - relies heavily on both the AISC Steel Construction Manual (Fourteenth Edition) as well as ASCE 113-08 Substation Structure Design Guide. There may also be specific design standards requested by the customer.

Transmission Steel Structures- relies on ASCE/SEI 48-11 & 74-09 for the design of steel transmission pole structures. Others are RUS Bulletins 1724E-214 (Guide Specification for Standard Class Steel Transmission Poles) and 1724E-204 (Guide Specification for Steel Single Pole and H-Frame Structures).

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Better... What's your ONE word for 2017?

Posted by Wendy Gintz on Feb 2, 2017 4:53:19 PM

 

Okay, so I maybe a little late for this post but I wanted to make sure it got posted. As I sat back and reflected on all that happened last year, I think about what I want for the new year. One word comes to mind, BETTER. I want to be better in everything I do and everything I am. This includes me as a Wife, Mom, Daughter, Sister, Friend and Employee. We as individuals or as organizations don't always have to be the best but if we strive to be better than we were yesterday we will see true growth.

 The new year brings huge opportunities to be BETTER. Since this blog is not meant for my own personal rants I will convey how I see DIS-TRAN Steel using this same philosophy.

  • Providing better customer service - Being available is the biggest part of customer service. That could be answering the phone when it rings, returning calls in a timely manner, being able to answer questions or even directing to the appropriate person.
  • Producing better product quality - Taking the time and effort to perform and follow processes that follow AISC protocalls and creating a consistancy between product families.  
  • Better response times - reducing schedule lead times when neccessary and available, quick and accurate issue resolution...DO NOT leave our customers hanging.
  • Suggesting better engineering solutions - Flexibility has been key to DIS-TRAN Steel since inception and is one of our biggest differentiators. .
  • Search for better cost savings - The old saying, "You have to spend money to make money," doesn't always ring true. Here at DIS-TRAN Steel we think of cost savings as a way to better provide for our customers. It's even one of our Company Objectives (Drive out cost. Everyone. Everyday). What can we do BETTER? Provide easier and quicker access for personnel to identify cost and potential cost savings to make more informed decisions. Making better and smarter material purchases when the costs are down and being able to forecast the future needs.

The list could go on and on and these are only a few of the things DIS-TRAN Steel strives for everyday. Whether you are in the Executive Suites or on the shop floor sweeping up pieces of leftover steel, we all work together to make "blank" better. It's up to you to fill in the blank.

We are DIS-TRAN Steel and we are committed to:

  • Giving our owners and customers expected return on their investment
  • Meeting our customers’ needs with outstanding customer service
  • Maximizing safety and productivity and outperforming our competition
  • Living, working, and serving with integrity

What would you like to see DIS-TRAN Steel do better. What is your "fill in the blank"? We would love to hear your thoughts on this subject. If you are not familiar with DIS-TRAN's product family or our services, please check out our website. www.distransteel.com.

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