Requirements of Professional Practice

by David Novick, (F.ASCE), Pres.; Westenhoff and Novick, Inc., Chicago, Ill.,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 2, Pg. 193-198

Document Type: Journal Paper


In addition to a thorough knowledge of the traditional subjects and new facets of civil engineering such as finite element analysis, environment, construction management, and others, the practicing civil engineer needs well-developed skills to communicate his ideas to associates, clients, and the public. He must have a good working knowledge of business, finance, and law because survival in today's engineering marketplace is no longer a matter of just common sense. In this period of ever increasing inflation, powered by rapidly increasing salaries, he must be a skilled negotiator and devote appreciable time to the administrative aspects of business operations.

Subject Headings: Professional practice | Finite element method | Engineering firms | Client relationships | Laws | Employee compensation and benefits | Energy engineering | Commercial construction

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