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For those worried about strictly charging by the hour or going with what is worth, from the Penn. Soc, of professional engineer's Code of Ethics.

It shall be considered unprofessional and inconsistent with honorable and dignified bearing for any professional engineer, professional land surveyor or professional geologist:

(6) To attempt to obtain or render technical services or assistance without fair and just compensation commensurate with the services rendered; Provided, however, the donation of such services to a civic, charitable, religious or eleemosynary organization shall not be deemed a violation.


"just" compensation is a requirement for ethical behavior.

Jeff Fertich, PE (solo engineer and loving it)
Gettysburg, PA

From: Bill Polhemus <bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc>
Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: solo engineering: hourly jobs/software investment/etc
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 15:59:45 -0600

Rich Lewis wrote:

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Polhemus [mailto:bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc] Sent: Monday, December 13, 2004 10:09 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: solo engineering: hourly jobs/software investment/etc


akester wrote:



After talking to several engineers, they said to never charge your
exact time when doing hourly work unless it is expert witness, an on site evaluation, or writing a letter or something, because you are cheating yourself. Charge what you think others would charge and what is a fair fee, and what it is WORTH.



I wholeheartedly concur with this.

Bill,

You surprise me with this repsonse!

Why is that?

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