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rickymackintosh
30th October 2012, 02:57 PM
Just as above i am currently studying HNC in Construction management but was thinking about swapping course to Greenwich or Maidstone to do Engineering.

Do I do

1- HNC & Foundation degree in civil engineering

or

2- HNC & HND in structural engineering

the second option thou is nearly £9K a Year!!!

can I do option one and then top up or what not sure what I need??

frederik
30th October 2012, 06:43 PM
Anyone have an answer to rickymacks question???

SWIFTY
30th October 2012, 06:47 PM
This question has been answered before, you will have to do a search Ricky unless someone answers you or remembers the thread.

Alan Reade
31st October 2012, 05:38 AM
A thick Skin would be useful LOL

Structural Support
10th November 2012, 07:35 PM
You'll need structural or civil these days and not HND either - so many to choose from and they all got top degrees and Masters now. Poor buggers - and this only gets their foot in the door - the real learning starts after this....

BMB
20th November 2012, 12:09 PM
Do a Civils Degree.

Civils will give you the structural engineering skills you need to design scaffolding, but will also give you good skills in associated subjects that are equally important... a few that spring to mind are:

Fluid Mechanics - will help you understand the behaviour of the wind, after all, wind is a fluid.
Soil Mechanics - Vast majority of scaffolds are standing on the ground. Understanding the behaviour of the soil will help you tremendously in designing foundation details and assessing the capability of the ground.
Surveying - Using a theodolite can be really useful if you have a big site to survey.

Structural Engineering is more specialised, will cover analysis is much more depth and detail.. it would be useful, but in my opinion the broader skill set of a civil engineer would be more useful.

B

rickymackintosh
20th November 2012, 03:13 PM
Do a Civils Degree.

Civils will give you the structural engineering skills you need to design scaffolding, but will also give you good skills in associated subjects that are equally important... a few that spring to mind are:

Fluid Mechanics - will help you understand the behaviour of the wind, after all, wind is a fluid.
Soil Mechanics - Vast majority of scaffolds are standing on the ground. Understanding the behaviour of the soil will help you tremendously in designing foundation details and assessing the capability of the ground.
Surveying - Using a theodolite can be really useful if you have a big site to survey.

Structural Engineering is more specialised, will cover analysis is much more depth and detail.. it would be useful, but in my opinion the broader skill set of a civil engineer would be more useful.

B

B thank you very much for this reply, i am sort of stuck at the minute trying to work out which path to take, i am now gone pass the point of swap over for hnc i will complete this then start HND in civils next september.

Thanks for your time!

Nick-CDS
20th November 2012, 04:30 PM
Last I heard of the Fd.Eng is that it was the same as a HNC but with 4 extra modules for extra points towards the Bachelors. Is this still true? If so you could save yourself some cash on the HND.

Have to agree with Ben about taking Civils over structures. Scaffolding can end up in a lot of places where house building would be madness so getting as big a trick bag as possible will keep you ahead if the game.

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