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Policy Statement 416 - Government Engineering Management Positions

Approved by the Engineering Practice Policy Committee on August 6, 2013
Approved by the Public Policy Committee on August 14, 2013
Adopted by the Board of Direction on October 8, 2013


Policy

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) encourages the selection and appointment of qualified professional engineers to government positions requiring professional engineering knowledge for operational or management decisions.  Such positions include those involving oversight of design and construction of public works projects, e.g., directors of public works/utilities, leaders and managers of civil engineering related government entities, and other positions involving similar responsibilities for the safety, health and welfare of the public.

Issue

There are many positions in government that require an individual to oversee design, construction and/or maintenance of engineering structures or projects.  Often these positions involve supervision of engineering professionals.  The public interest is best served when these positions are filled by those who understand the implications of engineering decisions on the safety, health and welfare of the public.

Rationale

ASCE recognizes the importance of having qualified engineers lead agencies that have direct impact on the safety, health and welfare of the public.  Agency leaders establish public policy and develop procedures for the design and implementation of construction projects.  The technical expertise of qualified engineers is essential for such policies to be technically sound.

ASCE Policy Statement 416
First Approved in 1993