Civil Engineer in Federal Government

by Nicholas J. Oganovic, Exec. Dir.; U.S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, DC,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 1, Pg. 9-14

Document Type: Journal Paper


An important aspect of the job of the 18,000 civil engineers in the Federal service is professionalism. A profession is defined in terms of: mental effort based on an educationally communicable body of knowledge, constant growth of the body of knowledge, dissemination of knowledge to all members, a society with professional requirements for membership, and standards of ethics and performance for all members. The paper covers various aspects of personal management problems the Federal government faces in dealing with civil engineers and other professionals. These are: identifying jobs that require professional competence, setting appropriate qualification requirements, recruiting high quality engineers and technicians, establishing career patterns that foster development and retention of engineers and technicians, providing training opportunities, identifying high potential for advancement, and providing for appropriate participation of professionals in employee management cooperation programs. The Civil Service Commission seeks the cooperation of civil engineers in achieving a top-notch Federal service.

Subject Headings: Federal government | Professional societies | Professional development | Team building | Ethics | Recruiting and hiring | Quality control | Training

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