Civil Engineers and Unions in Sweden

by Robert D. Holtz, (M.ASCE), Prof.; Purdue Univ., School of Civ. Engrg., W. Lafayette, Ind.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1975, Vol. 45, Issue 11, Pg. 53-55

Document Type: Feature article


The history, education, and professional practice of civil engineering in Sweden are briefly reviewed. The services and function of the Swedish Society of Civil Engineers and the National Civil Engineers Union are described, and it is noted that younger civil engineers are heavily involved in the decision-making boards and councils of these organizations. The technical abilities and professional ideals of Swedish civil engineers who belong to the Union are contrasted with North American civil engineers. It is concluded that in general, union membership in no way compromises their professionalism, technical competence, ethical ideals, or attitudes toward public service. It is suggested that ASCE should seriously consider Swedish experience in developing its own programs of service to members.

Subject Headings: Engineering education | Engineering history | Decision making | Ethics | Public opinions | Public services | Sweden | Europe

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