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Opportunities for Civil Engineering Technologists within the Enterprise of Civil Engineering

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

The Civil Engineering Technologist and the Civil Engineer – What’s the Difference?

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Civil Engineering

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23.947.1 - 23.947.17



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Joe D Manous Jr P.E. Institute for Water Resources, USACE

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Dr. Joe Manous serves as a group manager and the Future Directions team leader for the Institute for Water Resources, US Army Corps of Engineers and is on part-time detail to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works. Dr. Manous is a civil engineer specializing in the areas of water resources and environmental security issues associated with water. He served as an academy professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point from 2000 through 2008, where he taught courses in environmental engineering, water resources, and environmental security.
Dr. Manous has been actively involved with the "professional" aspects of the engineering profession for over 20 years particularly through his involvement with the American Society of Civil Engineers where he chaired the ASCE Committee on Professional Practice, Post-Hurricane Katrina Critical Infrastructure Guidance Task Force, and Paraprofessional Task Committee. He is also chair of the Executive Board of the National Institute for Engineering Ethics (NIEE).

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Jon D Nelson Tetra Tech, Inc.

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Jon D. Nelson, P.E. is a senior vice president in the central region of the Engineering and Consulting Services group of Tetra Tech, Inc. in Tulsa, Okla. He has 39 years of engineering experience with most of his career focusing on municipal water and waste water projects. He has been with Tetra Tech for 28 years. He holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University and a M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from Oklahoma State University. Nelson is licensed as a professional engineer in four states and holds Class A operator licenses in Oklahoma for water works and waste water works.
Nelson served on the Oklahoma State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors for twelve years and was board chair for two years. He served as president of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying in 2004-2005. In 2008, he served as chair of the American Association of Engineering Societies. Mr. Nelson is an active member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and is currently the vice-chair of the Licensure and Qualifications for Practice Committee. He also serves on the board of directors of ABET, Inc. as NSPE’s representative. In 2009, he was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is currently a member of ASCE’s ‘Raise the Bar’ Committee and chair of ASCE’s Technologist Credentialing Task Committee.

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Opportunities for Civil Engineering Technologists within the Enterprise of Civil EngineeringAbstractIn the mid-1990s, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) initiated a process toestablish a position on educational requirements to enter the practice of civilengineering (CE) at the professional level (licensed practice). This effort resulted in theapproval of ASCE Policy Statement 465, “Academic Prerequisites for Licensure andProfessional Practice” (PS 465) and the creation of various committees to develop andimplement the concept. These efforts were one contribution to the development of avision for the future of the CE profession titled, “Achieving the Vision for CivilEngineering in 2025; A Roadmap for the Profession”.During the process of developing the vision, ASCE recognized that the practice of civilengineering is a team effort that includes important individuals other than licensedprofessionals. ASCE also realized that to achieve its vision all members of CE teamsneeded to be properly prepared, recognized, and supported throughout their careers.This launched an effort to investigate and address the needs of the non-licensedmembers of CE teams.An important group of non-licensed CE team members are civil engineeringtechnologists (CET). Currently, this subset of the CE workforce performs a large portionof the design work within and oversight of engineering activities. However, CETs do nothave recognized education or experience requirements; career paths; pay scales; ortitle recognition. Lacking institutionalization of the CET workforce sector, theseindividuals’ careers often parallel the career paths of licensed engineers, but without atrue recognition of their abilities and accomplishments. “This paper will address how CETs are utilized, and perhaps how they should be utilized, within engineering organizations and describe the career opportunities for and expectations of CETs within the CE workforce.”COORDINATING NOTE:This abstract is submitted at the specific invitation and request of Tom Lenox andJim O’Brien, the coordinators of the ASCE Liaison Committee’s program for the CEDivision of ASEE in 2013. It should be considered for inclusion in the session on CivilEngineering Technologists that Tom Lenox and Jim O’Brien are organizing andmoderating. Page 1 of 1 Abstract-CE Technologists-ASEE 2013-CE Division-ASCE Liaison Cmte-ver 2012 09 20.docx

Manous, J. D., & Nelson, J. D. (2013, June), Opportunities for Civil Engineering Technologists within the Enterprise of Civil Engineering Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22332

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