Mid-Career Administrative Training for Engineers

by William D. Brinckloe, Dir.; Grad. Ctr. for Public Works Engrg. and Administration, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 4, Pg. 325-335

Document Type: Journal Paper


Civil engineers in public works fields are trained as engineers, and all the professional rewards (e.g., committee assignments, publications, society posts, and national recognition) are aimed at making them technical elites. Yet the majority of such people move into jobs that are primarily administrative as they get more seniority—and nothing in their formal education or training prepares them for what they meet. The Graduate Center for Public Works Engineering and Administration at the University of Pittsburgh was sponsored by the American Public Works Association in 1965 to prepare mid-career professionals for their second careers. Thus far it has graduated six classes, awarding 85 graduate degrees. While the emphasis is on basic administrative, environmental, and politico-economic issues, students select areas of concentration such as urban planning and management, environmental management, systems analysis, transportation planning and management, water resources management, and regional economic development.

Subject Headings: Resource management | Infrastructure | Systems management | Environmental issues | System analysis | Water resources | Publications | Training

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