POTENTIAL SUPPLY OF MANPOWER FOR AN EXPANDED SECONDARY ROAD PROGRAM

THE PRESENT AND POTENTIAL DEMAND FOR TECHNICAL AND ENGINEERING ASSISTANCE IN SECONDARY ROAD ADMINISTRATION WAS SURVEYED BY A QUESTIONNAIRE CIRCULATED TO EXECUTIVE ROAD OFFICIALS IN EACH OF THE 87 COUNTIES OF MINNESOTA AND TO 182 SELECTED OFFICIALS IN 36 OTHER STATES. NAMES IN THE LATTER GROUP WERE TAKEN FROM AMONG THOSE WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE FORUM OF THE BETTER ROADS MAGAZINE. THIS PROBLEM IS APPARENTLY OF VITAL INTEREST TO COUNTY ROAD MEN. EIGHTY OF THE 87 COUNTY HIGHWAY ENGINEERS IN MINNESOTA (91.9 PERCENT) AND 118 OF 182 IN THE OTHER STATES (64.8 PERCENT) FILLED OUT AND RETURNED THE QUESTIONNAIRES. IT IS THE OPINION OF THESE COUNTY MEN THAT: (1) THE NEED FOR THE LARGEST NUMBERS OF ENGINEERING ASSISTANTS IN AN EXPANDED PROGRAM WILL BE FOR SUBPROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL (RODMEN, CHAIRMEN, DRAFTSMEN, AND INSTRUMENT MEN). THESE PERSONS CAN BE SECURED AND TRAINED BY THE COUNTIES, EVEN IF THE PRESENT ROAD PROGRAM IS EXPANDED 100 PERCENT. NOT ALL COUNTIES CAN DO THIS, WHEREAS OTHERS CAN SECURE AND TRAIN MORE THAN WILL BE REQUIRED, (2) THE NEED FOR REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS WILL INCREASE ABOUT 57 PERCENT IF THE ROAD PROGRAM IS EXPANDED 100 PERCENT. FOR EXAMPLE, 80 ENGINEERS IN MINNESOTA ESTIMATED THE NEED TO BE FOR 46 MORE ENGINEERS FOR A 100 PERCENT EXPANDED PROGRAM. AND THESE 80 MEN HAVE HAD 42 ASSISTANTS WHO HAVE BECOME COUNTRY HIGHWAY ENGINEERS. THE FIRST REQUIREMENT POINTS TO A NEED FOR COORDINATING DISTRIBUTION AND PROMOTION OF SUBPROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL ACROSS BOTH COUNTY AND STATE LINES. THE SECOND REQUIREMENT POINTS TO THE NEED FOR CLOSER COOPERATION BETWEEN THE STATE AND LOCAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATIONS IN THE HANDLING OF PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL. IF THERE WERE CLOSE COOPERATION BETWEEN LOCAL AND STATE ROAD JURISDICTIONS AND AMONG THE VARIOUS STATES, SUB- PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL COULD START WHEREVER JOBS BECAME AVAILABLE. AS THEY LEARNED THROUGH PRACTICE, THEY COULD EXPECT TO MOVE TO JOBS REQUIRING A GREATER DEGREE OF KNOWLEDGE. FURTHER, THEY COULD BE EXPECTED TO ENTER ENGINEERING SCHOOLS EITHER FOR FULLTIME TRAINING OR ON A COOPERATIVE BASIS. SUCH A SYSTEM WOULD SEEM TO HOLD GENUINE PROMISE FOR AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF HIGH TYPE PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL. /AUTHOR/

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  • Accession Number: 00200718
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 26 1994 12:00AM