Structures Graduate Student Seminar series – Spring 2021

Date(s) - 03/10/2021
12:50 PM - 1:40 PM


Presentation Topic: Grad School to the Workplace – Journey of a Young Professional Engineer

Speaker: Trent R. Vogelgesang, PE, MS – QD Engineering

Date & Time: Wednesday March 10, 2021, 12:50 pm – 1:40 pm (please join 5 minutes before start)
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This presentation will walkthrough the early career of a structural engineer out of Graduate School. It shares lessons about the journey, the transition from graduate school to the professional environment and ownership of an engineering practice.

Discussion Topics:
-How to chose a career path after Grad School (Design, Forensics or General Contractor)
-How to pick an employer (Size of Firm, Location, Specality, Internships)
-What to expect as young design engineer (inspections – see how its built, assist PM with design, get your own small projects in which you take ownership and then transition to being a PM and training up the new engineers)
-When to “jump ship” and start your own engineering consulting firm?

-Hang onto your materials and stay organized
-Keep your college friends and colleagues close you’ll need them later!
-Be a sponge
-Pick your mentor correctly
-Design Checklists
-Answer your Phone!

Important Skills:
-Technical Writing
-“The Social Engineer”

SPEAKER’s Biosketch:

Trent Vogelgesang, PE is a South Florida native who received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Trent conducted research as part of Dr. David O. Prevatt’s research group and published his MS thesis under his guidance. After graduation, Trent practiced in the structural design industry in South Florida where he specalized in commercial and industrial structures and in sports facilities. He obtained his Professional Engineering license in April 2019 and has continued his professional education since. In May 2020 Trent decided to open his own structural engineering consulting firm, QD Engineering, where he continues to practice structural engineering, while using knowledge from both his schooling and previous experience to transition from engineer to a businessman in engineering and construction.

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