1956 INVENTORY OF STATE HIGHWAY ENGINEERING MANPOWER

DURING THE PAST FEW YEARS, SEVERAL ATTEMPTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO OBTAIN A COMPLETE AND ACCURATE COUNT OF STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT ENGINEERING MANPOWER. PREVIOUSLY REPORTED DATA WERE IN SOME CASES INCONSISTENT DUE TO VARIATIONS IN THE CLASSIFICATION METHODS AMONG THE STATES AND ALSO DUE TO DIFFERENT INTERPRETATIONS OF THE SEVERAL QUESTIONNAIRE FORMS USED. IT WAS APPARENT THAT AN ACCURATE TABULATION OF ENGINEERING EMPLOYEES WAS DESIRABLE AS PART OF THE OVER-ALL EFFORT IN CONNECTION WITH THE PRESENT SHORTAGE OF ENGINEERS. THE PRESENT STUDY INDICATES THAT PREVIOUS REPORTS HAVE HAD A REASONABLY ACCURATE NATIONWIDE TOTAL FOR ENGINEERS, BUT THE FIGURES REPORTED FOR INDIVIDUAL STATES VARY WIDELY IN SOME INSTANCES FROM THOSE REPORTED IN OTHER STUDIES. IN ADDITION, THE NUMBER OF ENGINEERING AIDS EMPLOYED HAS NOT BEEN REPORTED PREVIOUSLY. AS OF MARCH 1956, ACCORDING TO THE PRESENT STUDY, THE STATES EMPLOYED 20,551 ENGINEERS, WHICH TOTAL COMPARES FAVORABLY WITH A FIGURE OF 21,229 REPORTED BY PROFESSOR DANNER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AS OF DECEMBER 31, 1955. THE STATES ALSO EMPLOYED 25,911 ENGINEERING AIDS, OR A RATIO OF APPROXIMATELY 1.3 AIDS PER ENGINEER. AS OF JULY 1956, THE STATES ESTIMATED THAT THEY WOULD EMPLOY 21,435 ENGINEERS AND 30,879 AIDS, THE RATIO OF AIDS TO ENGINEERS INCREASING TO MORE THAN 1.4. THESE RATIOS ARE SOMEWHAT HIGHER THAN THAT OF ONE AID EMPLOYED FOR EACH ENGINEER REPORTED IN A STUDY OF SIX SELECTED STATES MADE IN 1955. THE REGIONAL PATTERN FOR THE RATIO OF ENGINEERING AIDS TO ENGINEERS SHOWS THAT IN GENERAL THE NEW ENGLAND, MID- ATLANTIC, EAST NORTH CENTRAL AND PACIFIC REGIONS EMPLOY MORE ENGINEERS THAN AIDS, WHEREAS IN THE REMAINING REGIONS THE REVERSE IS TRUE. IT WAS ALSO FOUND THAT OF THE TOTAL ENGINEERS EMPLOYED ABOUT 39 PERCENT WERE NEITHER REGISTERED NOR GRADUATES, WHILE AN ADDITIONAL 17 PERCENT WERE REGISTERED BUT NOT GRADUATES. ONLY ONE ENGINEER OUT OF FIVE WAS BOTH A CIVIL ENGINEERING GRADUATE AND REGISTERED. /AUTHOR/

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  • Accession Number: 00200707
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 5 1994 12:00AM