The WMATA Resident Engineer—The Team He Leads and His Responsibilities

by John F. McElhenny, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit, Authority, Washington, DC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: The Role of the Resident Engineer


This paper discusses the role of the Resident Engineer as a key member of any construction team. It uses the organization and functions as practiced at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority as a case study of the Resident Engineer's role in rapid rail transit construction. The paper outlines the Resident Engineer's responsibilities and duties and discusses the types of support he must have from the various staff sections if he is to be most effective. The paper also discusses the importance of selecting the right person for a Resident Engineer position and outlines the qualifications that a Resident Engineer must have.

Subject Headings: Subways | Team building | Transportation management | Case studies | Rapid transit systems | Business organizations | Urban areas | Construction management

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