Meagan Young: An Engineer-in-Training builds a career and website

Structural engineer Meagan Young discusses the challenges and rewards of an engineering career and value of her .ENGINEER website.

Where are you based?

West Coast.

How and when did you first become interested in engineering?

I first learned about engineering in middle school and started considering it as a career option in high school (I really liked math).

What type of engineer are you? How and why did you choose this specialty?

I’m a structural engineer, which is one of several branches of civil engineering. I always had an interest in the built and natural environment, and civil engineering touched on everything from water resources to geotechnical science to the physics behind making buildings stand up.

Where are you at in terms of your engineering career?

I’m an Engineer-in-Training, or a young professional. You have to have a certain amount of experience as an Engineer-in-Training before taking a test–the Principles of Practice exam–to become a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.).

What is your favorite project that you’ve worked on, and why?

There’s one project in particular that’s a challenge each and every day … the never-ending project they call “home improvement.”

What is your dream as an engineer?

I will continue learning and expanding my skills to become a technical expert in structural engineering. A technical expert in what, exactly, I’m not sure. I’ll just have to try a bunch of things until I found out!

What’s the goal of your website? Attract work? Share what you do?

I built a website to serve as a digital portfolio. I was moving cross-country and thought it would be a great way to capture additional skills and projects that couldn’t fit in a one-page resume.

How did you hear about .ENGINEER and why did you decide to utilize it for your site?

A friend recently used .BIKE for a blog about his bike trip across the country. I looked into other unique [extensions] and came across .ENGINEER; it seemed like a perfect fit for what I needed. I also thought it had a nice ring to it for a new email account, which could function as my contact information for personal and professional purposes.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

The only tricky part with using .ENGINEER in an email address is not all online forms accept it as a valid email (so far). Hopefully that changes soon.

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