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- From: edean(--nospam--at)teleport.com
- Date: Wed, 10 Jan 1996 21:02:57 -0800
Dennis McCroskey wrote: > > >Dear Dennis: > > > >I vote not to bust them. > > > >Civil engineers practicing structural are the joke of the century. Poor > >guys can do (by law) about everything that a SE can do, yet are not allowed > >to compete fairly with SE........ For me, I think it is important not to lose site of the core issue, rather than the legal technicalities that may or may not be associated with a yellow page listing -- is an individual competent to practice structural engineering. A civil engineer can legally practice structural engineering (with some exceptions) if they are competent to do so. He or she just can't use the title or represent themselves as a "Structural Engineer". For much of the public I would believe this to be a very subtle distinction. Keep in mind the engineering community is in many ways relatively small. Respect for our peers is important. We will all find our selves on the other side of the table, so to speak, at some point and time in our careers. Going out of our way to discredit each other, in the end will benefit none of us. I do not see how yellow page advertisements constitute major marketing for our profession. As professionals, we would be better served if our professional organizations provided standardized referrals for engineering services, much like the legal and medical professions do. This would have the benefit of allowing firms and practicioners ample space to list the specific services that offer and are competent to provide. Structural engineering simply encompasses too much to be clearly definitive for those looking for our services, yet know nothing about what we do. Edwin T. Dean, P.E., S.E.
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