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Mentoring for Civil Engineers

Author(s): Patrick Waterhouse

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Publication date: 28 May 2020
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Mentoring for Civil Engineers is a guide to planning and implementing the training of professional civil engineers. In an increasingly fast-moving industry, ensuring that engineers have the necessary skills, ability and commitment is key to success. Mentoring engineers is an important method to maintain performance in the workplace and this book of

Mentoring for Civil Engineers is a guide to planning and implementing the training of professional civil engineers. In an increasingly fast-moving industry, ensuring that engineers have the necessary skills, ability and commitment is key to success. Mentoring engineers is an important method to maintain performance in the workplace and this book offers practical guidance on how mentors can quickly motivate and inspire their trainees as they introduce them to the world of civil engineering and work towards their professional qualifications. It reveals hints and tips as well as best practice methods for supporting your trainee and for getting the best out of the mentor-trainee relationship. Keen to know what the top five challenges for civil engineering mentors are? Read Patrick Waterhouse's, author of Mentoring for Civil Engineers, blog now.

This book also offers guidance on:

  • learning and development in organisations
  • recruiting the right people
  • best practice in mentoring
  • the ICE training scheme 
  • the mechanics of the ICE's training scheme 
  • preparing a training scheme 
  • preparation for review 
  • monitoring progress 
  • and much more. 

Fully up to date with the ICE’s professional membership guidelines, this book is an essential purchase for those aspiring to be or who are Delegated Engineers, Mentors and Supervising Civil Engineers supporting the training of professional engineers.

Mentoring for Civil Engineers is also part of the ICE Professional Development book set.


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Book Reviews

My dictionary describes a mentor as a tutor or a wise counsellor. Patrick Waterhouse's book “Mentoring for Civil Engineers” takes this brief description to a whole new level, it is essential reading for every aspiring graduate engineer through to the most experienced SCE.
The clear, unambiguous text focuses throughout on the issues facing a Mentor. Liken the book to say, a detailed specification for highway works and you could not go wrong. He has sought the advice of a diverse group, his “Expert Panel”, ranging from consultant to contractor to academic, to give a balanced view of the Review process. This means any potential or acting Mentor can give sound advice, that also includes, very importantly, constructive criticism. 
Training schemes are comprehensively covered and again Patrick patiently explains the Mentors' primary role in this aspect of a graduate’s development. He says what a Mentor does and what he/she doesn't do and how it is up to the trainee to demonstrate what he/she has learned, why they did it, what would they do differently.
I cannot recommend this book more highly, if you are a Mentor, you need to get it on your shelf, but don't let it gather dust, read it over and over again, after all, you owe it to your trainees. 

Eur Ing Philip J Parker BSc CEng FICE 

Many companies set out to paint a glowing picture of their training schemes in order to tempt prospective graduate employees. This, not surprisingly, is a major consideration taken by graduates when deciding which employment offer to accept. (...)

From initial business objectives to the ICE professional review, this book covers every conceivable mentoring aspect in depth. Patrick Waterhouse sets out his stall in a concise, factual and easy to digest manner. His portrayal of relationships is both fascinating and accurate. This book is an essential read for those tasked with assisting the development of graduates and others into becoming professionally qualified civil engineers.

The book is of particular use for those in the roles of Supervising Civil Engineer, Delegated Engineer and Sponsor. To quote a very telling sentence from this book “A well-informed SCE/DE can be gold dust for a graduate”. The sparkling content of this book demonstrates exactly how this can be achieved. Not for gathering dust on a shelf, this book is most definitely for the top of the desk. It is certain to become well-thumbed!

Chris Bennion CEng FICE FCIHT MIED 

This book is a delight and holds interest for anyone with any motivation to develop others in the workplace. I was particularly taken with the clear and succinct style. I was educated by the hints and tips, and certainly plan on employing these to better motivate my mentees. I have learned several methods that I will share with my trainees, whether under a training scheme or not, of the purposes of development to the Attributes.(...)
This is the handbook for how to encourage and develop those qualities. Essential reading for this time, and for all times.

Veronica Flint Williams, Environment Agency, UK

Mentoring for Civil Engineers provides a great insight into how Delegates and Supervising Civil Engineers should be supporting their Mentees during both the IPD and review stages of their journey towards becoming a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. (...)
As somebody who has recently taken on the DE and SCE roles within my organisation, I found Mentoring Civil Engineers to be full of tips on how to mentor candidates through the whole process and how to provide constructive feedback, and to monitor and measure progress. Patrick Waterhouse brilliantly defines ‘What good looks like’ for a Mentor and how they should set out their stall from the starting point of recruiting the right candidates to signing up to a training agreement to their Mentees review day. 

Owaiz Khan MICE, National Key Account & Engineering Manager, MGF Excavation Safety Solutions

Undoubtedly a book that should appear in every ICE mentor’s (trainee, and employer’s), library. Those seriously considering mentoring, even those that are seasoned campaigners, will find Mentoring for Civil Engineers, by Patrick Waterhouse a thoroughly rewarding read, and a most welcome addition to their toolbox. In fact, every trainee, mentor, and employer, following other professional paths, would also benefit from this guide.

Andrew Leisk, FRICS, FCInstCES, FCIOB, International lecturer, Lincoln College

Mentoring for Civil Engineers clears up myths and legends about the ICE, and helps Mentors understand how to Mentor a diverse range of people, who may think and be motivated in totally different ways to them, and how to ‘sell’ the benefits of ICE membership within their organisations. 

Andy Thompson BSc (Hons) MEng CEng FICE, Jacobs

It will be no surprise that as the President that introduced the ‘President’s Apprentices’ to ICE in 2005, I should be hugely enthusiastic about a new book on mentoring. And the good news is that I was not disappointed. (...) It highlights good and bad practices, with quotes from senior influencers who have seen the benefits of structured mentoring on their businesses’ bottom line.

Prof Gordon Masterton, President of the Institution of Civil Engineers 2005-06

Patrick Waterhouse is a chartered civil engineer specialising in construction contracts and dispute resolution. He has been an ICE reviewer for over 20 years, an examiner for the ICE’s law and contract examinations as well as being a member of various Institution panels and committees including the professional conduct panel.
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780727764300
Number of pages: 160
Product code: 9780727764300
Page size: 216 x 138mm
Publication status: Published
Publisher: ICE Publishing

01. Introduction
02. Learning and development
03. The business objectives of learning and development
04. Recruiting the right people
05. How ICE qualifications support organization learning and development
06. The ICE training scheme
07. Preparing a training scheme
08. Training agreements for the ICE training scheme
09. The mechanics of ICE’s training scheme
10. What should mentors do in theory?
11. What do mentors actually do in civil engineering?
12. Trainees’ reports
13. Mentors’ responses to development reports
14. Monitoring progress
15. ICE professional review
16. The reviewers
17. Sponsors’ scrutiny of submission documents
18. Preparation for review
19. The aftermath of failure

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