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By now, it’s the standard joke on social media that if you don’t document an experience, it didn’t happen.

But documentation isn’t something to make light of in the engineering world. Proper record-keeping is crucial, even if it can be time-consuming. It’s important to establish good documentation habits — and to organize records so they’re available when needed.

Who knew that when a project we designed 20-plus years ago required repairs, we...

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It’s no secret that we’ll deal with difficult people throughout our lives and careers.

Working in the architecture/engineering/construction industry, we work with people every day to see our projects to completion, whether it’s clients, stakeholders, the public and our own internal teams. It’s a necessary skill to know how to deal with difficult people, and it isn’t really taught in college.

Stephanie Buckingham, Organizational Development, was recently featured in...

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Passing the Professional Engineer exam signals a career milestone. It shows you’re committed to high standards of competence and ethics. You’re ready for more responsibility and can move up the career ladder.

But preparing for an eight-hour test of both the depth and breadth of your knowledge — while you’re working full time — will also test your dedication and organizational skills.

Here are some tips for...

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Internships are your chance to get firsthand experience along with a taste for what the field will be like. Internships also let you try different disciplines. And they give you the chance to learn and make connections with those in your future field. If you’ve enjoyed a class or project in a particular area, look for an internship in that field.

Once you’ve made up your mind on what kind of internship to...

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In commemoration of International Women’s Day , we’re honoring the invaluable contributions of Freese and Nichols’ female leaders.

These women spearhead project teams, serve on national boards to advance their profession, shape our company and work to make our communities better places to live.

We asked these pacesetters to share their advice for young women getting started in their careers, especially in male-dominated fields.

Paula Feldman, Atlanta...

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A safe workplace should be a priority for everyone, whether your job is in an office setting or on a field project. Learning safe work habits includes knowing and following your employer’s policies. But colleagues who set a leadership example by their actions also helps create an atmosphere that emphasizes safety and spreads an understanding of how important it is.

We asked Bryan Dick, a Hydrologist and our Ecological Engineering/Geomorphology Practice Lead, based...

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Note: This is a second post in a series about tips for taking the PE exam. Read the first one here.

Don’t go it alone. While mighty in itself, the PE exam shouldn’t make you feel like you’re tackling the world by yourself.

We talked with Amanda Johnson, PE, and Stephen Johnson, PE, Freese and Nichols engineers who met while attending Texas A&M University and later married. Stephen started...

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Balancing career and parenthood takes planning and flexibility and can teach you new skills at both work and home. Before taking on this new responsibility, it helps to talk with others in your field who have been there.

We asked three of our professionals to share their insights on a good work-life balance.

Kim Dresdner , Urban Planning + Design, Dallas, is mother to a son born in 2018....

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