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RE: Continuing Professional Development

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On Saturday, October 18, 1997 3:03 PM, Bill Polhemus 
[SMTP:poly(--nospam--at)] wrote:
> Yah, I know.  But I DO manage to keep it 8:30 to 5:30!  The
> business
> doesn't belong to me, so I don't ALWAYS have to put in those
> extra hrs.
> I have a family, and an alternate life, so engineering only
> takes up MOST
> of my waking ours.

Here is an example of what I stated. The majority of engineers 
are "9-5" employees and are not representative of those of use 
who are participating in this discussion. He is correct, and why 
shouldn't he be. His responsibility is finishing his work within 
the time alotted by his employer and is personal time is a 
priortity set to his family life.
The majority of us that debate the issues are debating days, 
nights, weekend and it is certainly not uncommon for me to get 
on at midnight and find Bill Allen or Dennis McCroskey or Lew 
Midland hanging around (and Lew is Three hours later than us).
So let's look at if from another perspective. Would we want our 
employee's to gain knowledge that they can bring to our firms 
(provided we have employees or plan to)?
If we expect this of our employee's shouldn't we expect this 
from ourselves?
How many engineers activly belong to a professional 
organization. I don't mean those that pay their dues and read 
their monthly newsletters, but those that participate and 
support new technology - such as this list.
People, we are the exception to the rule, and we should judge 
the necessity for our profession not on our A-Type 
personalities, but on the majority of engineers that are 
One more point. I don't know an employee that does not have 
dreams or hopes of promotion to management and partnership. The 
sad truth is that a very small percentage make it and the rest 
move on or out into the indepdent world that we represent. When 
they hit the streets, they find that they are unskilled in the 
type of work that they tend to get (like wood framing) and must 
feel their way through.
Continuing education benfits all. It provides skills that can 
prepare an engineer to be on his/her own as well as the employer 
who seeks to expand out or gain the most skill for the dollar.
I don't think that the majority of the profession will learn 
without incentive. Their free time is just too important.

Dennis Wish PE