Consulting Specifying Engineer April 2014-CSE : Page-9

Editor’s Viewpoint 1111 W. 22nd St. Suite 250, Oak Brook, IL 60523 630-571-4070 Fax 630-214-4504 CONTENT SPECIALISTS/EDITORIAL AMARA ROZGUS, Editor in Chief/Content Manager 630-571-4070 x2211, JESSICA DUBOIS-MAAHS, Associate Content Manager 630-571-4070 x2220, 630-571-4070 x2209, 630-779-8910, AMANDA McLEMAN, Project Manager MICHAEL SMITH, Creative Director Amara Rozgus, Editor in Chief KATE STEEL, Production Coordinator EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD ANIL AHUJA, PE, LEED AP, RCDD, President, CCJM Engineers, Chicago PETER ALSPACH, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal, Mechanical Engineer, Arup, Seattle J. PATRICK BANSE, PE, LEED AP, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Houston JERRY BAUERS, PE, National Director of Commissioning, Sebesta Blomberg & Assocs. Inc., Kansas City, Mo. THOMAS BROWN, PE, Executive Vice President, RJA Group Inc., Laurel, Md. MICHAEL CHOW, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Metro CD Engineering LLC, Powell, Ohio DOUGLAS EVANS, PE, FSFPE, Fire Protection Engineer, Clark County Building Division, Las Vegas JASON GERKE, PE, LEED AP BD+C, C X A, Mechanical Engineer, GRAEF, Milwaukee RAYMOND GRILL, PE, FSFPE, Principal, Arup, Washington, D.C. DANNA JENSEN, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal, ccrd partners, Dallas WILLIAM KOSIK, PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP, Principal Data Center Energy Technologist, HP Technology Services, Chicago KENNETH KUTSMEDA, PE, LEED AP, Engineering Design Principal, KlingStubbins, Philadelphia KEITH LANE, PE, RCDD, LC, LEED AP, President, Lane Coburn & Assocs., Seattle KENNETH L. LOVORN, PE, President, Lovorn Engineering Assocs., Pittsburgh MICHAEL MAR, PE, LEED AP, Senior Associate, Environmental Systems Design Inc., Chicago BRIAN MARTIN, PE, Electrical Engineer, CH2M Hill, Portland, Ore. SYED PEERAN, PE, Ph.D., Senior Engineer, CDM Smith Inc., Cambridge, Mass. BRIAN A. RENER, PE, LEED AP, Associate, SmithGroupJJR, Chicago RANDY SCHRECENGOST, PE, CEM, Austin Operations Group Manager and Senior Mechanical Engineer, Stanley Consultants, Austin, Texas GERALD VERSLUYS, PE, LEED AP, Principal, Senior Electrical Engineer, TLC Engineering for Architecture, Jacksonville, Fla. I Live to work, or work to live? t seems that consulting engineers have reached a breaking point. In the past month, I’ve had more conversations about long work hours, work-life balance, and employer demands than I have had in the past year. Engineers are still feeling the pressures of the recession, and their frustration is showing. For example, initial results of our research show that our audience is working an average of 41 to 45 hours per week, but the total responses for the number of hours worked isn’t a true bell curve. Engineers are skew-ing toward working more than 45 hours per week, with an upward tick at around 56 to 60 hours per week. Responses to the March 2014 opin-ion column “Demand what you’re worth” also have been telling. The author suggested that engineers lack self-esteem and fortitude to demand what they’re worth. He believes that “if engineers and the engineering pro-fession want to gain more respect and a more prominent place in our society, they need to believe in themselves and demand the position.” Several com-ments were shared via the Consulting-Specifying Engineer LinkedIn group. Douglas Evans, PE, FSFPE, fire protection engineer, Clark County Building Division, said: This has been a consistent com-ment about engineers in general. Where would society be without engineers that take the phys-ics of a subject to develop an approach that achieves one’s conceptual goals? Engineers in general do not receive the same recognition that society bestows on other professions. David Lewis, technical/Cx project director, Clayco Inc., said: That is a very truthful article and I am glad you are asking if we agree. Let me take the approach that it is indeed hard to say no, especially in the economy we presently have. To be success-ful, one cannot put emphasis on the negative aspect (which a no answer really is); you must enlighten your potential client to the value that you do bring to the table. You need to sell your expertise, not your fee. Randall Keirns, PE, project engineer at Akron Engineering Bureau, said: There is not a day that goes by that people are not affected in a positive way by engineers— phones, cars, bridges, roads, utili-ties are all due to engineers. There is definitely too little credit given to those that make the world a nicer and safer place to live. I agree. This field is pretty amazing. And more engineers are needed in it so that everyone can achieve a balance. MIKE WALTERS, PE, LEED AP, Principal, Confluenc, Madison, Wis. Consulting-Specifying Engineer • APRIL 2014 9

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