What is Networking?
Networking is a term we hear and read daily. Can it be as simple as casting or repairing a net like a fisherman? Or working “the net” while searching for technical information? In the context of engineering it could be creating a computer network in the office or for a client. As it relates to the benefit of being a member of PSPE, it is about connecting with people who will enhance your technical skills, social skills or personal well-being.
Dictionary.com offers several definitions of networking including: 1. (noun) a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest. 2. (verb) to cultivate people who can be helpful to one professionally.
Across the state, PSPE provides many events throughout the year where networking is a major benefit. Most PSPE Chapters conduct regular dinner meetings that provide opportunities for technical and social networking. The dinners are a great way to meet “old” and new colleagues in the nearby county or region and often include a PDH education session.
Every September the PSPE Annual Conference is held in one of three major metropolitan regions: Pittsburgh, Harrisburg or Philadelphia. The Conference schedule always includes activities that offer a wide variety of benefits to engineers and their families. There are PDH education sessions for technical knowledge as well as lunches and dinners for socializing. There are also a variety of activities for the spouses and families are invited to the Installation of Officers and Awards Ceremony
Every PSPE chapter conducts a MATHCOUNTS event for local middle school students. Not only do our members enjoy great satisfaction from helping 6th, 7th and 8th grade students advance in mathematics, but they also get a chance to network with engineers, educators, students, universities and the media that are involved with the event.
In a personal example of networking, I needed a vendor to design and supply material handling systems. I remembered meeting a speaker at the previous conference whose company specialized in bulk material handling process equipment. I found his business card in my PSPE files and contacted him.
PSPE members have access to a broad range of networking opportunities across Pennsylvania. Check in with your local chapter today.