Should an Engineer be Allowed to Moonlight After Hours—

by David T. Biggs, (A.M.ASCE), Vice Pres.; Ryan-Biggs Engrg., P.C., Troy, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Issues in Engineering: Journal of Professional Activities, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 1, Pg. 41-44

Document Type: Journal Paper


The ramifications of moonlighting after hours by the engineer are complex and adversely affect his regular employer, client, himself, the profession, and society-at- large. By soliciting commissions directly, or providing services to established firms, a moonlighter may welcome the supplementary income and new responsibilities. Yet, without professional liability insurance, he risks personal financial loss and may involve his regular employer in legal proceedings. Full-time employment plus additional moonlighting hours may result in a deterioration in the overall quality of an engineer's work, and may jeopardize the safety, health, and welfare of the public.

Subject Headings: Client relationships | Professional practice | Liability | Insurance | Financial management | Employment | Deterioration | Safety

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