By Dave Reese, PE, VP - Civil Engineer December 28, 2020
At the end of each calendar year, many cities publish ads for professional services they use throughout the year. Accounting, legal services, and engineering may be among them. The need for an accountant or attorney may be obvious. But an engineer? What’s the reasoning behind that?
First, a quick definition: a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) has proven through post-secondary education, rigorous exams, work experience, and continuing education that s/he is knowledgeable in the field, upholds strict standards for maintaining the public’s health, safety, and well-being, and practices in an ethical manner. Because of the high standards we must meet in our practice, clients rely on our expertise, professionalism, and insight.
While larger cities may maintain a licensed engineer on staff, smaller municipalities frequently retain an outside consultant to work alongside their staff.
Whichever path a city follows, they are obliged to follow state laws. Hiring an engineer who is attentive, responsive, and thorough will help them meet this obligation, with the added benefit of reassuring their constituents they are good stewards of city resources.