How to get a license and become a designer!

Tips on how to get qualifications and become a good designer! Practical tips for pupils, students and current engineers.

Are you interested in sanitary installations, construction, electrical or telecommunications installations?
Are you wondering which field of study to choose?
Wondering how to get building qualifications and how to become a designer?

Don’t count on luck. Don’t wait for someone to do something for you. Most people wait for a fortune in life. You can direct your career yourself, what it will do. Nobody is forcing you to do anything. If you are very dissatisfied with your current job – find another job and resign. I recommend doing it in the order I wrote. First finding a new job, then giving notice to the old one. If someone is afraid of changes, don’t complain that they are bad.

What is the most important thing on the way to qualification?

INVESTING IN THE RIGHT EDUCATION. Graduation from the University with the TITLE “MGR INŻ.” AND FINDING A JOB IN A GOOD COMPANY. WORK IN A COMPANY WHICH YOU WILL WORK FOR A FEW YEARS AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO GET THE NECESSARY EXPERIENCE FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT. It does not matter if you sell pendrives on Allegro, design installations or sell cars. Every job requires commitment, only then will we be successful.

TWO THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO IN THE BEGINNING:

1. Identify the goals you want to achieve.
Unfortunately, you have to reckon with long-term thinking. Your path to obtaining qualifications will last approx. 8 years (including the period of study). Below you have an example schedule:
eg. From 2016 to 2021 – a well at a technical university,
2021 – defending the title of Master of Science,
2021 – starting a full-time job,
From 2021 until 2025 – gaining the practice necessary for design qualifications
2025 – application, exam and positive passing of the building qualification exam.
And what was it like for me:
From 2003 to 2008 – well finished with the title of MSc. br> From 2008 to 2011 – work in the design office no. 1
From 2011 to 2013 – work in a design and construction company no. 2
2012 – exam for design license
From 2013 – own business
2014 – exam for the license to drive robots

I needed for design qualifications:
– 2 years of design practice and one year of execution and 2 years of execution practice for executive permission. After graduation, it took me about 4 years to get my first qualifications. the provisions regarding requirements have changed. Currently, the following is enough for design rights: a year of design practice and a year of execution, and 1.5 years of execution practice for executive powers.
2. Persistently pursue your goals. Be determined. You have to be determined in your pursuit of your goals, despite the many difficulties you will encounter along the way. Life is different, we often have to work because we need cash to heal children, loans, etc. Life sometimes burns us down and the fear of change prevents us from achieving our goals.

I will help you set 5 goals:

1. I will finish my studies with the title of MSc.
2. I will earn extra money in full-time studies as an assistant designer.
3. I will find a developing job.
4. I will get building qualifications.
5. I will earn decent money (whether in a full-time job or in my own company, everyone has different requirements and ambitions, running your own business is a difficult challenge. Often, earning a fixed salary of PLN 5,000 is a better solution).
It can be called a plan 10 -summer. Unfortunately, this is an indicative time for graduation and qualification. Don’t expect it will be easy and everything will go your way.

We have already set goals and what next?

Valuable tips on how to become a designer.

1. Choose a field of study.
2. Choose a technical university.
3. Complete a degree with a Master of Science degree.
4. Already in college, look for a part-time job as an assistant designer.
5. Write a simple, legible CV (you can download my template below)
6. Create a list of design and construction companies from the industry.
7. Ask your friends what they have heard about the companies you have selected.
8. Submit your CV and apply for the position personally.
9. You will find a job – work hard.
10. Ask colleagues from work. Understand What You Are Doing And Why.
11. Keep learning (read, read, read, read and read again!)
12. Get an apprenticeship tutor.
13. Listen to what others say, what they talk about – any information may be useful in your life someday.
14. Learn from someone else’s mistakes. Try to understand what are the connections in your company and how does your company function.
15. Order yourself a private business card.
16. Collect experience and work placement
17. Collect the required materials for the license application, fill in the application and submit it to the appropriate Chamber.
18. Study for the written and oral exam (experience is useful for the oral exam, but you need to complete about 1,500 sample questions for the written exam.

1. Choose a field of study.

Maybe first think about what kind of qualifications you want to do.
District chambers of construction engineers grant construction qualifications in the following specialties:
1) construction and building,
2) bridge engineering,
3) road engineering ,
4) railway engineering,
5) hydrotechnical engineering,
6) demolition engineering,
7) installation network, telecommunications equipment and installations,
8) network installation, heating, ventilation, gas, water and sewage installations and devices,
9) installation in the field of electrical and power networks, installations and devices.

Here he will not decide for you. You have to know what you are interested in: construction, sanitary and electric installations, railway or hydrotechnics.

2. Choose a technical university.

In Poznań you can study Environmental Engineering at the University of Life Sciences and Construction, Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Telecommunications at the Poznań University of Technology. The situation is similar in most Polish cities.
After Environmental Engineering you can get the license to design or manage works without restrictions in the installation specialty and to a limited extent in the construction and building specialty. You can get permission to design or manage works without restrictions in the construction and building specialty and to a limited extent in the installation specialty.

3. Complete a well with a master’s degree in engineering.

Completing a Master’s degree is a formal requirement for unlimited eligibility.
The matter is simple you have a master’s degree in engineering you have unlimited qualifications, you only have an engineering title you have limited qualifications.
What can you design with limited qualifications? and heating, ventilation, gas, water and sewage devices entitle to a limited extent to design or manage construction works in the implementation of installations with connections and installation of these devices for buildings with a capacity of up to 1000 m3.

4. Already in college, look for a part-time job as an assistant designer.

If you study daily, try to find a part-time job as an assistant designer. I worked at Mc Donald’s in the 3rd and 4th years of college. I earned a few hundred zlotys a month, I don’t regret the time wasted on Mcd’s work, but looking back in time – it was not good. Good to earn a few zlotys. For the sake of a career, it is better to look for a part-time job and gain industry experience right away. This can be difficult because there are more students than job offers and design and construction companies, but it’s worth trying.

5. Write a simple, readable CV.

I will not write about writing a CV. There are many guides on the Internet. I will write about a few key things. Do not send your CV in * .doc World format. It looks hopeless and not very professional.
There is so much talk about writing a good CV, simple and transparent. Budownictwo i Inżyniera is not an advertising and graphics industry. A CV doesn’t have to look cosmic. He regularly gets CVs and almost half of them drop out when opened. How can someone be a good engineer, develop a project exactly when they cannot present themselves. You have a lot of time to prepare your CV. Try your best.

6. Create a list of design and construction companies from the industry.

You surely have a few companies on your list that you would like to work for. It is worth recognizing what professional development opportunities we will have in the future company. It’s fun to work in a company where we won’t get bored after a year of work. Monotony can kill motivation in everyone.
If you don’t have such a list, I did the task for you. Below are several dozen examples of companies:
TOP 25 Design offices for sanitary engineers in Poznań
TOP 35 Contractors for sanitary engineers in Poznań
TOP 10 Waterworks and Sewerage Plants for sanitary engineers in Poznań
TOP 30 Offices projects for sanitary engineers in Krakow

7. Ask your friends what they heard about the companies you selected.

Although you should be skeptical about the opinions of your friends, it is worth asking them not to waste time on companies that use people and treat them like garbage.

8. Submit your CV personally and apply for the position.

There are several ways to deliver your CV: by email, by post or in person. I propose to print the CV and deliver the documents personally to the company. You will be sure that the HR will get a CV in hand.

9. You will find a job – work hard.

Work hard, carry out assigned tasks scrupulously and accurately. Determine your work mode. You don’t have to work above par. It is enough to work efficiently for 8 hours a day. Don’t get used. Do not work on weekends.
if you do not know who to become: designer, construction engineer or maybe sales engineer, be sure to read the article below:
DESIGNER, CONSTRUCTION MANAGER OR SELLER ???

10. Ask colleagues from work. Understand what you are doing and why.

If you want to be a good designer, you need to know what you design, for what purpose and on the basis of what rules. Not everyone is lucky and goes to a company where people share their knowledge and experience. Often, competition with each other leads to an unpleasant atmosphere at work. However, if we find a normal company, let’s use it. Let’s learn from others, let’s get the most out of a given company….

11. Keep learning (read, read, read, read and read again!).

What more can I write. Do you want to get to something – read standards, regulations, laws, books, blogs, portals, browse old projects, etc. Participate in fairs of the installation industry organized in Poznań, Bydgoszcz, etc.
See what are the popular magazines from the installation industry:
Trade magazines for winter evenings

12. Get a tutor.

The condition for crediting the professional internship is work consisting in direct participation in design works or in performing a technical function on a construction site under the supervision of a person with appropriate building qualifications, and in the case of internships abroad under the supervision of a person with appropriate permissions in a given country. The internship tutor should perform a technical function at the facility that we have entered into the internship list, i.e .:
– For the design practice, the supervisor may be the designer or the reviewer of the project we participated in.
– The supervisor for the execution practice may be the site manager or manager works.

13. Listen to what others say, what they talk about – any information may be useful in your life one day.

A trivial thing, but useful. It does not suggest eavesdropping on others, but participating in discussions. Listen, learn all the time: doing your own tasks, listening to what others are doing.

14. Learn from someone else’s mistakes. Try to understand what are the connections in your company, how does your company function.

Observe how your company works. Who is responsible for what. What does marketing and advertising look like in your company? Who is submitting tenders? Could I create such a company myself? If you ever intend to open your own design office or executive company, learn from other people’s mistakes.
Keep an eye on what is happening in your current company. Collect valuable experience.

15. Order yourself a private business card.

Make yourself a private business card. All you need is your name, email, telephone number and the industry in which you operate. Businesses change more often than name and surname. If you want to make interesting contacts, your business card will be a great link between you and people from the industry. As the late Dr. Jan Kulczyk: “Business is done with people, not with companies”. In this industry, people work with people, colleagues with colleagues. Respect your contacts and never ever burn bridges behind you. You never know who else you can work with and who can help you or make your work difficult for the rest of your life.

16. Collect experience and work placement.

Remember about professional practice. What facilities do you work at, who is your guardian? Will the work you are currently doing count as apprenticeship?
Work in workplaces in technical positions “in cells” (departments), administrative, technical or operational, in which work is not required to have building qualifications cannot be included in the professional practice. professional construction qualifications such as: inventory, electrical operational measurements, measurements, cost estimates, construction settlements, design concepts, etc. The duration of such works is not included in the required professional practice.

17. Collect the required materials for the license application, complete the application and submit it to the appropriate Chamber.

The application and the list of current documents can always be found on the website of the Chamber of Civil Engineers.

18. Study for the written and oral exam.

Experience is useful in the oral exam, but you need to complete about 1.5 thousand for a written one. Sample questions.
Experience with experience, but without completing the sample questions for the exam, you will probably not pass it. You can use the building license learning programs. It is worth spending PLN 100-150 on such a program.

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