The Program Manager: Mind Over Machine

by D. Ronald Meis, Sr. Engr.; Pacific Gas & Electric Co., 215 Market St., Rm 518, San Francisco, CA 94106,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 6, Pg. 39-40

Document Type: Feature article


Computers are now clearly entrenched in the office of the engineer. Their advantages are obvious; for one, they allow the engineer to instantly accomplish tasks that took weeks in the days of the slide-rule and calculator. Computer use in engineering is still relatively simple, but as it becomes more advanced, the engineer may find himself turning over more power and responsibility to his machine. Computers, though, are only as good as their program and programmer. Since the engineer is usually not a computer expert, firms have started to hire program managers who work with engineers to make sure the computer system—from implementation to everyday use— runs efficiently. Most importantly, the program manager ensures that the engineer controls the computer, not vice versa.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Managers | Energy engineering | Equipment and machinery

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