FSCE

On the Job: Foreign Service Construction Engineer
I've got a pretty unique job. And there aren't that many people who do the job either, so anyone looking to starting a career as a Foreign Service Construction Engineer (FSCE) has to make a leap of faith. Well, at least I had to. Now that I've landed, I figured I'd bridge the information gap with my own personal experiences.
Official Sources
You've probably already found these on your own:
Recruitment
These are the unofficial answers to several of the questions that came up while I was joining the Foreign Service.

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General Topics
Ok, so you made it into the Foreign Service...now what?
Bigger Picture Stuff
Embassies are more than just buildings. They are symbols of America and its foreign policy.
Random Foreign Service Construction Engineer Reference: romance novel hero. We're that awesome. Seriously.

Technical Stuff
In the future, I'll start writing up some posts about how construction works and how much coordination goes into it. And for those security minded folks out there, I won't be including anything that isn't on the public domain. The topics will generally follow the life cycle of a project:
  • Birth of a Project: From identified need to contract award
  • Reporting: Information Management
  • Soils: Classification, remediation, and site preparation
  • Underground Utilities: Power, water, fuel, and telecommunications
  • Lightning Protection: Shockingly simple
  • Doors: Far more complicated than they appear
  • Tiles & Stone: The name's Bond, Stacked Bond.
  • Lights: Color temperature and technologies
  • Standards: We all need to have some (UL, CE, etc)
  • Critical Path: The basics of project management
  • Testing and Balancing of Building Automation Systems
  • Paperwork Palace: What needs to get signed before we can occupy what we built

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