How to Become a Successful Engineer: Being Hints to Youths Intending to Adopt the Profession

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W.P. Nimmo, 1868 - Engineering - 127 pages
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Page 92 - proverb,—" For want of a nail the shoe was lost, for want of a shoe the horse was lost, for want of a horse the rider was lost.
Page 54 - the steam-engine) ; the principles of hydraulics ; the mathematical principles of surveying and levelling ; the engineering of earthwork, masonry, carpentry, structures in iron, roads, railways, bridges and viaducts, tunnels, canals, works of drainage and water supply, river works, harbour works, and sea-coast works.
Page 119 - A knowledge of the means of ascertaining the cost price of any ordinary engineering work. " The information or knowledge included in this brief enumeration may be called practical knowledge, and it cannot be too often urged upon young engineers that theory and practice must always go together hand in hand, and that they are not only not inconsistent
Page 115 - This, it is true, is no easy matter, as the clauses are often drawn up with so little care and practical knowledge, that neither engineers nor solicitors, nor the most experienced parliamentary agents, can understand what is intended. " On the subject of parliamentary
Page 119 - person before he can become a properly qualified ' civil engineer.' " The period of pupilage should be from three to five years, depending on the circumstances which have been previously indicated ; and, in addition to his attention to the office and outdoor works, it will be well, while keeping up his preparatory studies, especially mathematics, that he should improve his acquaintance with the French
Page 115 - parliamentary proceedings, so as to be able to avoid all non-compliances with the standing orders of Parliament. This, it is true, is no easy matter, as the clauses are often drawn up with so little care
Page 113 - machinery, shipbuilding, and mechanical engineering. " This list, which might be almost indefinitely extended, involves a vast variety of work, and must appear almost appalling to a young engineer ; and yet it greatly concerns his future
Page 118 - he should ascertain the cost price of all the materials and workmanship employed, separating the items into every minute detail ; and he should continue this practice systematically with all works on which he is engaged. " The information which, amongst much beside, should be obtained during pupilage, and which is necessary to constitute a sound engineer, is—
Page 116 - 1. General instruction, or a liberal education. " 2. Special education as a preparation for technical knowledge. " 3. Technical knowledge. " 4. Preparation for conducting practical works.
Page 117 - have been completed, the short probationary pupilage in workshops has been gone through, languages and mathematics kept up and improved, the University course in certain cases completed, and the period

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