Is a Career 

in Architecture 

or Engineering 

for You?

 

Introduction | The Task | Resources | The Process |Grading Rubic  | Learning Advice | Conclusion

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Choosing one's lifework can often be one of the most formidable and stressful decisions a person must make.  In order to avoid possible career changes, it is important to fully investigate a field of interest before pursuing it.  Within the fields of architecture and engineering, many different job titles can be found, each appealing to specific personality types and requiring particular talents, as well as necessary educational prerequisites.  Familiarity with some of the various requirements surrounding a specific job title, may transform the task of choosing a career in architecture or engineering into one that is manageable and less complicated.  

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  The Task

You are a career counselor who has been hired to deliver a brief presentation describing a specific architectural or engineering job title.  Your presentation will be enhanced by the use of an explanatory poster which should display the same information given in the oral presentation.  The poster must include the following information:

 
Chosen job title used as main poster title
Thorough description of the chosen job
Recommended high school courses  
Required college courses 
Required years of schooling
Leading colleges and universities
Potential job market 
Approximate entry level salary
Listing of at least three sources of information (on back of poster)
Graphics or drawings illustrating the information presented
Your name and class should be placed on the bottom of the front of your poster 

 

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Resources

Several informational resources are listed below.  Some of these sites can be used for either engineering or architecture.  In addition to these sites, you are encouraged to use Google, Yahoo, or other search engines to explore other relevant sites.

                      ENGINEERING                 ARCHITECTURE

    Engineering Job Summary

Architecture Job Summary

Engineering Job Descriptions 

Occupational Outlook Handbook for Architects 

Occupational Outlook Handbook for Engineers 

Landscape Architect

Engineering Career Goal Guidance

Architect's Profile 

What Engineers Do on a Day-to-Day Basis

Colleges of Architecture

 

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Identify and explore different job titles in either architecture or engineering. 
Select a specific job title to research.
Gather sufficient information to fulfill each task requirement (as listed above).
Using a computer program (such as Microsoft Word, Print Shop, or PageMaker),  type and arrange the information to be displayed on the poster in an organized manner. 
Select appropriate graphics (or personal drawings) to display on the poster illustrating the typed information.
Prepare a smoothly delivered and well-organized three to four minute oral presentation based on the chosen job title without referring to your poster. (Use of note cards will affect your grade as noted in the grading rubric)

 

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POSTER

  EXCELLENT

More than sufficient information included

Use of a variety well-chosen appropriate graphics

Three or more sources of information listed.

VERY GOOD 

Sufficient information included

Use of appropriate graphics

Three sources of information listed

    SATISFACTORY 

Less than sufficient information included

Use of vaguely appropriate graphics 

Three sources of information listed

    UNSATISFACTORY

Far less than sufficient information included

No  graphics or use of inappropriate graphics

Less than three sources of information listed.

ORAL

PRESENTATION

 Information presented in a smooth flowing, well organized manner without use of note cards. 

All information relevant to chosen job title included

 

 Information presented  in an organized manner glancing occasionally at note cards.

Most information relevant to chosen job title included 

Information presented in a fragmented manner relying heavily on note cards.

Some information relevant to the chosen job title included

Information presented in a disorganized manner and/or read directly from note cards.

  Little information relevant to the chosen job title included

 

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When constructing your poster, choose clear, easy-to-read fonts, and organize your  information in a logical order.  Be sure to use eye-catching illustrations or drawings.  The finished product should be neat and clean.  All posters will be placed on public display.

During your oral presentation, use good eye contact with your audience.  Practice your oral presentation at home and time yourself.  Speak slowly and clearly.  

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  Conclusion

Now that you have completed your career webquest, you should feel confident in your in depth knowledge of one particular career in the field of architecture or engineering that is of special interest to you.  You are also familiar with the steps necessary to research other related jobs if you chose to do so in the future.  

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This page written by Roger Pullen, Shawnee High School, Medford NJ
Last updated:  March 4, 2001

This page was adapted from Bernie Dodge 's WebQuest_Template1.html by Tom March