SIX-STATE CLASSIFICATION STUDY OF ENGINEERING PERSONNEL

A STUDY MADE BY THE HIGHWAY RESEARCH BOARD LATE IN 1954 INDICATED THAT THE NUMBER OF ENGINEERS EMPLOYED PER MILLION DOLLARS OF CAPITAL OUTLAY VARIED FROM 2.0 TO 28.2 IN THE SEVERAL STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS. IT WAS REALIZED, OF COURSE, THAT DIFFERENCES AMONG THE STATES IN CLASSIFYING AND REPORTING ENGINEERING PERSONNEL MIGHT ACCOUNT TO A CONSIDERABLE EXTENT FOR THE VARIATIONS, BUT THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE VARIATIONS MIGHT BE INDICATIVE OF RELATIVE OPERATING EFFICIENCY WAS ALSO CONSIDERED. IN AN EFFORT TO EXPLAIN THE VARIATIONS, STUDIES OF ENGINEERING CLASSIFICATION AND RELATED MATTERS WERE CONDUCTED DURING THE SUMMER AND FALL OF 1955 IN MISSISSIPPI, NEBRASKA, OREGON, VERMONT, WASHINGTON AND WISCONSIN. IT WAS FOUND THAT CLASSIFICATION PROCEDURES AND REPORTING METHODS DEFINITELY AFFECT THE RESULTS REPORTED BY THE EARLIER STUDY. TWO OF THE SIX STATES STUDIED, FOR EXAMPLE, HAD REPORTED ONLY REGISTERED ENGINEERS, WHILE THE OTHER FOUR STATES HAD ALL PERSONNEL CLASSIFIED AS ENGINEERS BY CIVIL SERVICE OR MERIT SYSTEM PROVISIONS, REGARDLESS OF PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS. ONLY 31 PERCENT OF THE PERSONNEL CLASSIFIED AS ENGINEERS WERE REGISTERED, AND ONLY 35 PERCENT WERE CIVIL ENGINEERING GRADUATES, 52 PERCENT WERE NEITHER CIVIL ENGINEERING GRADUATES NOR REGISTERED. THE SIX-STATE STUDY ALSO RELATED THE NUMBER OF ENGINEERS EMPLOYED TO THE NUMBER OF SUBPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, TO PROGRAM CHARACTERISTICS, AND TO MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES. THE RESULTANT FINDINGS ARE NOT CONCLUSIVE, BECAUSE OF THE MANY INTANGIBLES INVOLVED AND THE RELATIVELY FEW STATES INCLUDED IN THE STUDY. IT IS ESTABLISHED, HOWEVER, THAT THE COMBINATION OF ENGINEERS AND ENGINEERING AIDS REDUCES CONSIDERABLY THE EXTREME VARIATIONS IN THE NUMBER OF ENGINEERING EMPLOYEES PER MILLION DOLLARS OF CAPITAL OUTLAY. /AUTHOR/

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  • Accession Number: 00200716
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 26 1994 12:00AM