Civil Engineering - My Pride

Four years ago, I was in class three of junior secondary school, precisely in Bright Stars Model Secondary School, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. We had just finished taking our junior West African Examinations, and were preparing to go on an excursion to the swanky, five star Le Meridien hotels and suites. We were told it was the 'creme de la creme' of the state, one that housed men of elite status, coming from far and wide. We savoured the thought of being treated to such an epitome of elegance. Arriving at its premises, it took me a while to fully absorb the aura that announced the hotel. Right from the classy furnished hotel rooms, to the evergreen, tranquil golf course - not to mention the state of the art shopping mall, embedded within its meticulously designed walls - the hotel was in one word, astonishing. The impeccable designs and structuring of the edifice was what keenly caught my interest. It was from then that I began to feel great awe for civil engineering. About three weeks after my encounter at the hotel, I began to take deep analysis of my intended course of study. I began to ask the older ones around me for any insight I might get on the course. My passion for civil engineering was further skyrocketed, when I discovered the enticingly wide range of places to offer my expertise. A mere thinking about it, emboldened me to put in my very best in any and everything that relates to my course. It made me envision myself in the blue overall and white helmet, working fervently for the good of my country. Some years after, in my last class of senior secondary, when I heard the tragic news of a church that collapsed here in Akwa Ibom State - one that nearly claimed the life of the Governor and several other top officials - due to poor planning and lack of technical-know-how, I was literally saddened. Why should all those lives have to go, just because of inadequate skilled manpower and knowledge of the job? Why do we produce substandard buildings despite sometimes, adequate funding? These questions occasionally pop into my mind every now and then, inspiring me to be outstanding. To plunge into the deepest recesses of civil engineering to know more than my peers and predecessors. Engineering as a whole, is currently one of the most lucrative professions worldwide. The job of a civil engineer, is primarily to plan, design and oversee construction and maintenance of building structures and infrastructure, such as roads, railways, airports, bridges, harbours, dams, and power plants to mention a few. There are two major types of civil engineers namely, the consulting engineers and the contracting engineers. The consulting engineers are solely responsible for the design work and blueprints of building projects, and they work predominantly in an office. The contracting engineers on the other hand, take the finished designs and blueprints, and implement them during construction. They work on construction sites and oversee the construction process. Sometimes the duties of the two types of engineers can be interwoven in areas like resolving design and development problems, scheduling material and equipment purchases and deliveries, etc. The skills generally required for civil engineering, and indeed all engineering professions include, strong numeracy and IT skills, excellent communication and teamworking skills, and of course, knowledge of relevant building legislation to mention a few. Graduates searching for employment, will need a degree in civil engineering, accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, (ICE). Graduates who have completed a bachelor of engineering programme (BEng), can gain the status of an Incorporated engineer. Those that have completed either a Master of engineering programme(MEng), or a BEng programme plus a masters, can acquire chartered engineer (CEng) status. The status of a chartered engineer is the highest level of engineering, and is the most highly sought level of qualification by employers in various establishments ranging from rail companies, utility companies, to the dominant civil engineering based companies, construction companies. I am currently in my 100 level in the University of Uyo, Nigeria, studying of course, civil engineering. I hope to revolutionize civil engineering in Nigeria. To turn the tide to an era where civil engineering is by and large digitalized. To usher in a new age, where the practice of civil engineering in Nigeria would not only be flawless, but also would become the prodigy of the engineering world. Civil engineering is my passion, and this is my dream for Nigeria. Thank you.

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