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TIPS FOR STARTING AND MANAGING A PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

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By John D. Gaskell, Retired Consulting Engineer

BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL

  • Consider various professions: Carefully consider those that interest you and for which you have an aptitude.
  • Shadow: Select your top 3 or 4 choices and spend a day with someone actually in that field.
  • College selection: Make sure that the college of your choice is accredited and will prepare you for the necessary licensure exam.
  • Gain minimum experience: Usually a minimum of four (4) years of “certifiable” experience is required.

GAINING EXPERIENCE

  • The job search: First, prepare a “resume” stressing the courses that have prepared you for your chosen profession. Make a list of firms in your area and deliver your resume in person. If you don’t quickly get a job, stop back to see the same people, employment needs can change quickly.
  • The interview: Be prepared by researching the company’s website. Make lists including: five skills and qualifications of yours, likely questions that you might be asked and enquires about the company. Ask if you can meet someone in a similar position and the person who will be your immediate supervisor. Send the interviewer a “Thank You” note or e-mail.
  • Start the job right: Once you have a job, do your best to be “exceptional.” Arrive early and leave late. Start a notebook (I PAD) to record information – anything that you might need again.
  • White papers: A white paper is a report or guide to help readers to understand an issue. When your work involves a new technical issue, read about it and take detailed notes in narrative form, including definitions of the various new terms. Add this “white paper” to your notebook.

AQUIRING RECOGNITION

  • Get known: As soon as you graduate, start attending meetings of local professional/industry organizations and join as soon as you are eligible. This will give you an opportunity to meet fellow professionals, and other contacts that will help you during your career and maybe even help you get a job.
  • Contact list: Collect business cards and start a contact list, including both business and personal information.
  • Gain credentials: Get elected “unopposed” to professional/industry organizations boards and gain a credential as a past president.
  • Win awards: Get nominated for prestigious awards that will distinguish you from your firm’s competitors.
  • Public speaking: Your work as an officer of professional organizations will give you many opportunities to hone your skills as a public speaker. In your professional career, you will be required to speak before both small and large groups.
  • Be prepared: Always be prepared to make a presentation.
  • It doesn’t just happen: “You make it happen.”

CREATING YOUR IMAGE

 

  • Write an article: Consider writing about one of your most recent interesting projects or about a timely issue in your industry.
  • Get your article published:
  • Select the most popular magazine in your industry.
  • Study previous articles, and “format” your article to match the magazine.
  • Include many pictures with captions and a “headshot” photo of yourself.
  • Include a brief biography (the same length as normally used in the magazine).
  • Call the magazine editor to introduce yourself.
  • Don’t submit the same article to more than one publication at a time.

 

  • Have “reprints” made: Design your reprint to be “one piece,” including the cover of the issue as the first page and your company description on the back page. Print in black and white on glossy paper with enough copies for your initial mailing, plus “stuffers” for your brochure.

 

  • Distribute reprints: Place your reprint unfolded (easily filed) in a 9 x 12 envelope (it looks more important in a large envelope). Mail it to your entire mailing list, even if the contact may not be interested in the topic or may not be a potential client. They will remember you as an “expert” and recommend you. Retain the remainder of your reprints to include when you distribute your company brochure or apply for a related project, and always leave a copy of each on the table in your reception area.

 

  • Enjoy the notoriety: Everyone will consider you to be an “expert” in your field.

 

MARKETING MATERIALS

  • Letterhead & business cards: Create elegant letterhead and business cards. Parchment with raised letters and no logo would be a good choice.
  • Brochure: Your brochure is the face of the company. It will evolve as your firm grows. Try to make it versatile and something that will make you proud and distinguish you from your competitors.
  • Mailing list: Your mailing list is one of your most important promotional tools. Expand it to include those who may recommend you. Send all mailings to the entire list. Send a minimum of two per year, including updates, announcements, and holiday cards.
  • Lists & forms: Create the lists and forms that your firm needs and expand your contact list.
  • Promotional items: Don’t overlook personalized note paper, post cards, pens, and anniversary stickers.
  • Announcements: Don’t forget to send out announcements of awards, new services/specialties, and anniversaries.

MARKETING METHODS

  • Expand the firm’s sources for leads: Include those on your contact list and search the internet and newspapers.
  • Offer new specialty services: There is usually no competition for specialty services and no limitation on fees.
  • Always consider public speaking opportunities: This is especially important when you are trying to promote a new service or new specialty. Try to become the spokesmen for your firm.
  • Seize opportunities: When something dramatic happens, be ready to take action. I am certainly not saying to take advantage of the misfortunes of others. But I am saying to look for opportunities, have the courage to proceed, and do it first class.
  • Entertain clients & potential clients: If a problem occurs with the services of your firm, clients are more likely to tell you and allow you to make corrections if they know you and your spouse socially. They are also more likely to give the next project to a “friend.”
  • Send notes: Never forget to send thank you notes, and look for opportunities to send notes of congratulations. You don’t even need to know someone to recognize their achievements.

Excerpted from ‘The “Complete Guide” to CONSULTING ENGINEERING’  © by John D. Gaskell, Retired Professional Engineer. All rights reserved. Permission is hereby granted to copy and distribute this “Consulting Engineering” tip, upon condition that this message remains.

 

 

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FORENSIC ENGINEERING ONLINE COURSE

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“Learn if you have what it takes to be a success as a  forensic engineering expert witness”- Take my Online Course”.                   

By John D. Gaskell P.E. , Retired Consulting and Forensic Engineer

                                        Board Certified Diplomat in Forensic Engineering

Creator of the OnLine Course: “Forensic Engineering

Litigation consulting is interesting, challenging, and profitable. If you have what it takes, I recommend adding “Forensic Engineering” to your practice as a consulting engineer.

Understand what “forensic engineering” is and discover why this exciting, challenging, and profitable field should be part of your engineering practice. Find out what is involved and if you have what it takes to be a success in the litigation arena as an expert witness.

You will learn how to prepare a CV (Your expert witness resume), market your services, formulate a forensic engineering fee agreement, conduct investigations, write reports, and prepare for depositions and the trial, including cross-examination.

WHAT IS FORENSIC ENGINEERING?

Forensic engineering is defined by the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) as “the application of the art and science of engineering in matters which are in, or may possibly relate to, the jurisprudence system, inclusive of alternative dispute resolution.” These engineers serve as consultants to the legal profession and as expert witnesses in courts of law.

SHOULD YOU CONSIDER THIS FIELD?

Benefits

  • Interesting work
  • You will be studying incidents, accidents, failures, fires, explosions, errors, etc. – in your area of expertise.
  • You will be reading & studying the case files to cull-out information regarding your portion of the case.
  • You will be conducting investigations – including site inspections, interviewing of witnesses, and examination & testing of evidence
  • Testifying at deposition & trial – both direct & cross-examination.
  • Low liability – This is not like a design (where you might make a mistake). Your only obligation is to express your opinion.
  • High hourly rates – 1 ½ to 2 times your normal hourly rates without a not-to-exceed limit. Your attorney/client knows that the opposing attorney might ask you if your investigation was limited in any way – so there is no not to exceed limit.
  • Advanced payment via “non – refundable” retainer. Have any of your other clients paid you in advance?
  • Little competition – This is a “niche” market. When your competitors hear words like “deposition” & cross-examination, they run the other way. Knowledge overcomes fear. This course will give you the knowledge to embrace forensic engineering.

 Drawbacks

  • Can be stressful – But, you will be prepared. You will learn how to make a thorough investigation, prepare & practice your testimony and how to make a confident presentation.
  • Sometimes requires travel. – Travel can be broadening – stay a few extra days and see the sights. Most of my cases were local – Yours may also be.

Because litigation consulting is interesting, challenging, and profitable, I recommend adding “forensic engineering” to your practice. Take my OnLine Course and learn how.

Lessons Include:

INTRODUCTION to becoming a Forensic Engineering/Expert Witness.

How to conduct INVESTIGATIONS & write EXPERT REPORTS

How to prepare for DEPOSITIONS – Which are oral testimony, under oath, conducted at the opposing attorney’s office.

How to prepare for TRIAL including practice and your demeanor.

How to prepare for your CROSS-EXAMINATION including questions like:

Have you ever lied?

Have you ever been wrong?

Lesson 7 will cover the BUSINESS of Forensic Engineering and include:

Your Case File

White Papers

Marketing your Forensic Engineering Services

Your Forensic Fee Agreement

Our last lesson will be an OUTLINE SUMMARY that will reinforce what you have learned.

My name is Jack Gaskell. I operated Gaskell Associates Consulting Engineers for over 35 years and we became the largest electrical engineering firms in Rhode Island. One of my most interesting and profitable undertakings was to add “Expert Witness/Forensic Engineering” to my practice.

To share my experience, I have prepared an On-Line Course and I would like to invite you to experience a FREE SAMPLE LESSON.

Litigation consulting is interesting, challenging, and profitable. If you have what it takes, I recommend adding “Forensic Engineering” to your practice as a consulting engineer.

To experience a free sample lesson, click here Forensic Engineering

Visit: https://www.TheEngineersResource.com for additional tips.

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ELECTROCUTION – Case Study

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About Me
John D. Gaskell, Retired Professional Engineer
Board Certified Diplomat in Forensic Engineering

My name is Jack Gaskell and I am a retired Consulting Engineer. I undertook many assignments as a “Forensic Engineer”, serving the legal profession – investigating accidents, failures, fires, explosions, errors, and electrocutions. My assignments often included writing reports and testifying in courts of law as an “Expert Witness”.
I was a member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers and a Board Certified Diplomat in Forensic Engineering. The following is a synopsis of one of my more interesting cases:

ELECTROCUTION –  Case Study

“Ozzie” the roofer

“Ozzie” the roofer was hired to put a new rubber roof on a tenement. Part of my job was to read his “deposition,” which is his “fact witness statement of what he observed and experienced”.
Near the completion of the project, he was attaching the 10-foot metal edge strips on the front of the building. As he was nailing a strip to the edge, he saw another strip start to blow off the roof and reached out to grab it. In doing so, he extended it out into contact with a 25,000 volt distribution line. Current flowed through the metal edge strip, through his right hand, through Ozzie, through his left hand that was still holding the secured edge strip, down the aluminum siding on the building façade, and then damaged all the appliances in the first-floor pizza restaurant.
The attorney asked him – how he felt. Ozzie replied: “I was a little tired, so I took the rest of the day off,”. Some things cannot be explained; perhaps Ozzie has a guardian angel.
Incidentally, Ozzie was not even a party to the lawsuit; the pizza guy was trying to collect for his appliances.

OnLine Course

To share my knowledge of “Forensic Engineering” – I have prepared an On-Line Course and I would like to invite you to experience a FREE PREVIEW LESSON.

This course will open the doors to a new specialty that will be exciting, interesting and profitable.
FREE PREVIEW LESSON
To experience a “Free Preview” lesson “” to go to the following website: CLICK HERE
https://professionalvaluecourses-d089.thinkific.com/courses/forensic-engineering

When you get to the website, “Click” on FREE PREVIEW.
On the next screen, enter your name, e-mail address and create a password. “Click” on SIGN UP and it will play a sample lesson.
What are you waiting for? Let’s get started.

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FORENSIC ENGINEERING ON-LINE COURSE

https://www.theengineersresource.com/forensic-engineering-online-course/

Understand what “forensic engineering” is and discover why this exciting, challenging, and profitable field should be part of your engineering practice. Find out what is involved and if you have what it takes to be a success in the litigation arena as an expert witness.

You will learn how to prepare a CV (Your expert witness resume), market your services, formulate a forensic engineering fee agreement, conduct investigations, write reports, and prepare for depositions and the trial, including cross-examination.

WHAT IS FORENSIC ENGINEERING?

Forensic engineering is defined by the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) as “the application of the art and science of engineering in matters which are in, or may possibly relate to, the jurisprudence system, inclusive of alternative dispute resolution.” These engineers serve as consultants to the legal profession and as expert witnesses in courts of law.

SHOULD YOU CONSIDER THIS FIELD?

Benefits

  • Interesting work
  • You will be studying incidents, accidents, failures, fires, explosions, errors, etc. – in your area of expertise.
  • You will be reading & studying the case files to cull-out information regarding your portion of the case.
  • You will be conducting investigations – including site inspections, interviewing of witnesses, and examination & testing of evidence
  • Testifying at deposition & trial – both direct & cross-examination.
  • Low liability – This is not like a design (where you might make a mistake). Your only obligation is to express your opinion.
  • High hourly rates – 1 ½ to 2 times your normal hourly rates without a not-to-exceed limit. Your attorney/client knows that the opposing attorney might ask you if your investigation was limited in any way – so there is no not to exceed limit.
  • Advanced payment via “non – refundable” retainer. Have any of your other clients paid you in advance?
  • Little competition – This is a “niche” market. When your competitors hear words like “deposition” & cross-examination, they run the other way. Knowledge overcomes fear. This course will give you the knowledge to embrace forensic engineering.

 Drawbacks

  • Can be stressful – But, you will be prepared. You will learn how to make a thorough investigation, prepare & practice your testimony and how to make a confident presentation.
  • Sometimes requires travel. – Travel can be broadening – stay a few extra days and see the sights. Most of my cases were local – Yours may also be.

Because litigation consulting is interesting, challenging, and profitable, I recommend adding “forensic engineering” to your practice.

Lessons Include:

INTRODUCTION to becoming a Forensic Engineering/Expert Witness.

How to conduct INVESTIGATIONS & write EXPERT REPORTS

How to prepare for DEPOSITIONS – Which are oral testimony, under oath, conducted at the opposing attorney’s office.

How to prepare for TRIAL including practice and your demeanor.

How to prepare for your CROSS-EXAMINATION including questions like:

Have you ever lied?

Have you ever been wrong?

Lesson 7 will cover the BUSINESS of Forensic Engineering and include:

Your Case File

White Papers

Marketing your Forensic Engineering Services

Your Forensic Fee Agreement

Our last lesson will be an OUTLINE SUMMARY that will reinforce what you have learned.

FREE PREVIEW LESSON

This course will open the doors to a new specialty that will be exciting, interesting and profitable.

To experience a “Free Preview” lesson go to the following website:

https://professionalvaluecourses-d089.thinkific.com/courses/forensic-engineering

(I suggest that you pause this video now so that you can copy this web address.)

When you get to the website, “Click” on FREE PREVIEW.

On the next screen, enter your name, e-mail address and create a password. “Click” on SIGN UP and it will play a sample lesson.

A STEAL

The course is a bargain at the regular price of $169

and it is a STEAL at the introductory price of only $69.

What are you waiting for? – Let’s get started.

 

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PRIVATE ENGINEERING PRACTICE

ENGINEERS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE

 

Would your engineer (of any discipline) like to have his own private engineering practice within six (6) years of graduation – A practice that will support him or her and a family in an interesting exciting and lucrative career?

WHAT IS AN ENGINEER?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines an engineer as “a person who has scientific training and who designs and builds complicated products, machines, systems, or structures.” This is what a consulting engineer in private engineering practice does.

CONSIDER CAREER OPTIONS

At the high school level, students should consider career options. Don’t choose a career just because it “sounds like fun.” Make sure that it will be lucrative enough to support you and a family, will not restrict where you can live, and will not require odd hours or excessive travel.

I have a friend whose daughter became a Marine Biologist and later found out that it qualified her to “shovel seal poop.” Those who are strong in science and mathematics should consider engineering.

“SHADOWING”

However, before spending four years of your life and your parents’ hard earned money, you should be reasonably sure that engineering is for you. I recommend “shadowing” an engineer of the discipline that interests you. If you don’t know an engineer, use the internet. Try structural engineers (for example) or professional engineers. Make a phone call, and explain that you are a high school student interested in becoming an engineer and would like to speak to an engineer. Explain to the engineer that you would like to come to his/her office and observe a typical day. Very few engineers would turn down that kind of a request, and it might turn into a summer internship or a job after graduation. If you are unsure of your discipline of choice, call engineers of various specialties to try and gain an understanding of what their job entails. Spending time with several engineers would broaden your perceptive.

 

MY START

I am an electrical engineer. I started my own private engineering practice on my 29th birthday and we grew from a one man shop to the largest electrical engineering firm in Rhode Island. Your engineer (of any discipline) can have his own private practice within six (6) years of graduation.

Most Colleges of Engineering never mention the words “Consulting Engineering” or even the words “Systems for Buildings”. They are too busy talking about research or other fields where engineers will never be their own boss.

WHAT IS A CONSULTING ENGINEER?

“Consulting engineers are individuals who, because of training in one or more engineering specialties, are licensed professional engineers in private practice. They serve private and public clients in ways ranging from brief consultations to complete design and coordination of projects. They are often the technical liaison between architects, process specialists, contractors, suppliers and the client. A consulting engineer can provide general consultation, feasibility reports, design, cost estimates, rate studies, project development, patent assistance, and preparation of environmental impact statements.

PROJECTS

Architects (and building owners i.e. hospitals) hire engineers to draw system plans and write specifications for their buildings, including electrical, mechanical (heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and plumbing), fire protection (sprinklers), structural, and civil. Sometimes, very narrow specialties are required, such as acoustical engineers.

PROJECT PHASES

Drawing & Specifications Phase

The consulting engineer is responsible for designing within the architect’s budget limitations and coordinating with utility companies and inspection authorities.

Specifications Phase

At the end of the design phase, the consultant prepares a specification document detailing the material requirements for his specialty and system functions.

Bidding Phase

During bidding, he attends pre-bid meetings, clarifies issues, and prepares addenda for the architect to issue to inform bidders of changes in the requirements.

Shop Drawing Phase

After a contract is awarded, the consultant reviews/approves shop drawings, detailing all equipment that his trade contractor proposes.

Construction Phase

During the construction phase, he visits the job site to record progress and clarify the contract documents. At the completion of the construction phase, he prepares a punch list detailing corrections to the work, if needed.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

How would you like to be responsible for guiding your engineer to his or her own private engineering practice that will support them and their family for an interesting, exciting, and lucrative career?

I have written three consulting engineering books to share my knowledge with the next generation of engineers:

My first book is: The “Complete Guide” to CONSULTING ENGINEERING. In essence, his readers discover “step-by-step” how to start & manage an “outstanding” Engineering Practice and exactly how to gain a reputation as an expert in their specialty. This is both a handbook for new engineers and a constant reference manual for seasoned professionals.

My second book is: The “Outline Guide” to CONSULTING ENGINEERING. It is a condensed and abridged summery of the detailed advice provided in the “Complete Guide”. It is intended for engineers looking for just the facts; without the stories and background. It is intended to be like the “Cliff’s Notes” version of the Complete Guide.

My third book is The CONSULTING ENGINEER’S “Guidebook” and is an excerpted and extended version of the “Complete Guide”. It is the result of requests from many readers to narrow the focus to the goals of:

  • Becoming an “outstanding” consulting engineer.
  • Gaining a reputation as an “expert” in their specialty; and
  • Obtaining the engineering “management skills” needed to advance their career and make the firm stand out from their competitors.

All my books are available at AMAZON.COM

Go to my website: TheEngineersResource.com, If you chose the “Engineers Gift Package” you can get all three books at a discount. Use coupon code “paperback” and save.

What are you waiting for?

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Excerpted from ‘The “Complete Guide” to CONSULTING ENGINEERING’  © by John D. Gaskell, Retired Professional Engineer. All rights reserved. Permission is hereby granted to copy and distribute this “Consulting Engineering” tip, upon condition that this message remains.

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ASTOUNDING GRADUATION GIFT FOR ENGINEERS

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ASTOUNDING GRADUATION GIFT FOR ENGINEERS

YOUR OWN ENGINEERING PRACTICE WITHIN 6 YEARS OF GRADUATION

Surprisingly this is a realistic goal. Find out the step-by-step roadmap at TheEngineersResource.com. When I graduated with a BS in engineering, I was a no-body. I had no connections and had never seen the inside of a country club. But, I was savvy enough to know that I needed to make contacts and get known. I had my own full time private practice in less than 5 years.

The secrets are revealed in the new book The “Complete Guide” to CONSULTING ENGINEERING by John D. Gaskell, Retired Professional Engineer. Go to TheEngineersResource.com to learn more about consulting engineering and to download a free chapter.

The ideal gift for engineers of all disciplines is The “Deluxe” Gift Package which is all three of my books in Hard Cover (Casewraped) or The “Standard” Gift Package in Paperback. Would you like to be responsible for providing an engineering practice for your engineer that will support him/her and their family for their entire career? What are you waiting for?

Learn the answers to your most compelling questions about consulting engineering:

  • Is it the right career choice for you? Consider what this fascinating profession entails and how it will change your life.
  • Do you want to have your own engineering firm? If so, you will learn the step-by-step procedures to make it happen.
  • Would you like to be able to predict your first year’s income and expenses? You will discover how to prepare a Business Plan.
  • Do you know how to calculate the best fee quote for each project? Learn the “insider” secrets to winning quotes that will make your projects profitable.
  • Do you want to become known in the engineering community and develop an impressive list of contacts, achievements, and awards? Learn how easy it is and how you can do it.
  • Do you want to be considered an “expert” in your specialty? If so, learn how to become a published author and how gratifying it can be to see your words in print.
  • Do you want to be part of an exceptional engineering practice? If so, you will learn how to make, both you and your firm, “outstanding.”
  • Would you like to more than “double” your firm’s selection rate for projects? Learn how to prepare the best marketing materials and implement effective marketing methods.
  • Would you like to add a “specialty” that allows you to charge one and one-half to two times your normal hourly rate. If so, consider the profitable and fascinating field of “forensic engineering.”

Most Colleges of Engineering never mention the words “Consulting Engineering” or even the words “Systems for Buildings”. They are too busy talking about research or other fields where engineers will never be their own boss.

My name is Jack Gaskell. I am a retired Professional Engineer and operated my own consulting engineering practice for over 35 years.

I have written three consulting engineering books to share my knowledge with the next generation of engineers:

My first book is: The “Complete Guide” to CONSULTING ENGINEERING. In essence, his readers discover “step-by-step” how to start & manage an “outstanding” Engineering Practice and exactly how to gain a reputation as an expert in their specialty. This is both a handbook for new engineers and a constant reference manual for seasoned professionals.

My second book is: The “Outline Guide” to CONSULTING ENGINEERING. It is a condensed and abridged summery of the detailed advice provided in the “Complete Guide”. It is intended for engineers looking for just the facts; without the stories and background. It is intended to be like the “Cliff’s Notes” version of the Complete Guide.

My third book is The CONSULTING ENGINEER’S “Guidebook” and is an excerpted and extended version of the “Complete Guide”. It is the result of requests from many readers to narrow the focus to the goals of:

  • Becoming an “outstanding” consulting engineer.
  • Gaining a reputation as an “expert” in their specialty; and
  • Obtaining the engineering “management skills” needed to advance their career and make the firm stand out from their competitors.

 

All my books are available at AMAZON.COM

Both the paperback & hardback (Case Laminated) versions are available from my website: https://www.TheEngineersResource.com/shop

The ideal gift for engineers of all disciplines is “The Gift Package” it is all three of my engineering books. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

 

YouTube videos:

To see my YouTube video: BEST GRADUATION GIFT FOR ENGINEERS: go to: https://youtu.be/pwiZok8NRz0

To see my YouTube video: Becoming a CONSULTING ENGINEER Go to:

https://youtu.be/XJ_QompPLXQ

To see my YouTube video: FORENSIC ENGINEER’S TRIAL PREPERATION Go to: https://youtu.be/OUCWnMqTS0Q

To see my YouTube video: YOUR OWN ENGINEERING PRACTICE Go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTPrwT2hZig

To see my YouTube video: GIFTS FOR ENGINEERS go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy8RrRt-FrM&feature=youtu.be

Related topics include:

How to Prepare for a Job Interview:

https://www.experisjobs.us/exp_us/en/career-advice/20-tips-job-interviews.htm

How to easily and quickly get the interviews that you want:

https://www.theengineersresource.com/your-job-interview/

Making a career choice: https://www.theengineersresource.com/making-a-career-choice/

Contacts & Mailing Lists: https://www.theengineersresource.com/contacts-mailing-lists/

How to become known, build a reputation and make useful contacts:

https://www.theengineersresource.com/your-job-interview/

Become Exceptional: https://www.theengineersresource.com/become-exceptional/

Making a Career Choice: https://www.theengineersresource.com/making-a-career-choice/

“White Papers” – Help You Learn:

https://www.theengineersresource.com/white-papers-help-learn/

Publish Magazine Articles: https://www.theengineersresource.com/white-papers-help-learn/

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Excerpted from ‘The “Complete Guide” to CONSULTING ENGINEERING’  © by John D. Gaskell, Retired Professional Engineer. All rights reserved. Permission is hereby granted to copy and distribute this “Consulting Engineering” tip, upon condition that this message remains.

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BEST GRADUATION GIFT – ENGINEERS

Gifts for ENGINEERS

I am an electrical engineer. I started my own consulting engineering practice on my 29th birthday and we grew from a one man shop to the largest electrical engineering firm in Rhode Island. Your engineer (of any discipline) can have his own private practice within six (6) years of graduation with his/her determination and your advice. Hear is how you can provide the best gift for engineers.

GIFT AN ENGINEERING PRACTICE

If your graduate is an engineer, “Gift” him or her their own private consulting engineering practice that will support them and their family for an interesting, exciting and lucrative career. It is truly the best graduation gift for engineers.

WHAT IS A CONSULTING ENGINEER?

“Consulting engineers are individuals who, because of training in one or more engineering specialties, are licensed professional engineers in private practice. They serve private and public clients in ways ranging from brief consultations to complete design and coordination of projects. They are often the technical liaison between architects, process specialists, contractors, suppliers and the client. A consulting engineer can provide general consultation, feasibility reports, design, cost estimates, rate studies, project development, patent assistance, and preparation of environmental impact statements.

TYPICAL PROJECT HAVE – 5 – PHASES

Drawing & Specifications Phase

Architects (and building owners i.e. hospitals) hire engineers to draw system plans and write specifications for their buildings, including electrical, mechanical (heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and plumbing), fire protection (sprinklers), structural, and civil. Sometimes, very narrow specialties are required, such as acoustical engineers.

The consulting engineer is responsible for designing within the architect’s budget limitations and coordinating with utility companies and inspection authorities.

Specifications Phase

At the end of the design phase, the consultant prepares a specification document detailing the material requirements for his specialty and system functions.

Bidding Phase

During bidding, he attends pre-bid meetings, clarifies issues, and prepares addenda for the architect to issue to inform bidders of changes in the requirements.

Shop Drawing Phase

After a contract is awarded, the consultant reviews/approves shop drawings, detailing all equipment that his trade contractor proposes.

Construction Phase

During the construction phase, he visits the job site to record progress and clarify the contract documents. At the completion of the construction phase, he prepares a punch list detailing corrections to the work, if needed.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Most Colleges of Engineering never mention the words “Consulting Engineering” or even the words “Systems for Buildings”. They are too busy talking about research or other fields where engineers will never be their own boss.

I have written three consulting engineering books to share my knowledge with the next generation of engineers:

My first book is: The “Complete Guide” to CONSULTING ENGINEERING. In essence, his readers discover “step-by-step” how to start & manage an “outstanding” Engineering Practice and exactly how to gain a reputation as an expert in their specialty. This is both a handbook for new engineers and a constant reference manual for seasoned professionals.

My second book is: The “Outline Guide” to CONSULTING ENGINEERING. It is a condensed and abridged summery of the detailed advice provided in the “Complete Guide”. It is intended for engineers looking for just the facts; without the stories and background. It is intended to be like the “Cliff’s Notes” version of the Complete Guide.

My third book is The CONSULTING ENGINEER’S “Guidebook” and is an excerpted and extended version of the “Complete Guide”. It is the result of requests from many readers to narrow the focus to the goals of:

  • Becoming an “outstanding” consulting engineer.
  • Gaining a reputation as an “expert” in their specialty; and
  • Obtaining the engineering “management skills” needed to advance their career and make the firm stand out from their competitors.

All my books are available at AMAZON.COM

Go to my website: TheEngineersResource.com, If you chose the “Engineers Gift Package” you can get all three books at a discount. Use coupon code “paperback” and save.

What are you waiting for?

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Become a CONSULTING ENGINEER???

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What do you know about consulting engineering?

WHAT IS AN ENGINEER?

An engineer is: “a person who has scientific training and who designs and builds complicated products, machines, systems, or structures.”

WHAT IS A LISCENSED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER?

“A licensed Professional Engineer: (PE in the U.S.) is one who has attained a credential that permits him to provide engineering services to the general public.”

WHAT IS A CONSULTING ENGINEER?

GENERAL

“Consulting engineers are individuals who, because of training in one or more engineering specialties, are licensed professional engineers in private practice. They serve private and public clients in ways ranging from brief consultations to complete design and coordination of projects. They are often the technical liaison between architects, process specialists, contractors, suppliers and the client. A consulting engineer can provide general consultation, feasibility reports, design, cost estimates, rate studies, project development, patent assistance, and preparation of environmental impact statements.

PROJECT PHASES

Drawing & Specifications Phase

Architects (and building owners i.e. hospitals) hire engineers to draw system plans and write specifications for their buildings, including electrical, mechanical (heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and plumbing), fire protection (sprinklers), structural, and civil. Sometimes, very narrow specialties are required, such as acoustical engineers.

The consulting engineer is responsible for designing within the architect’s budget limitations and coordinating with utility companies and inspection authorities.

Specifications Phase

At the end of the design phase, the consultant prepares a specification document detailing the material requirements for his specialty and system functions.

Bidding Phase

During bidding, he attends pre-bid meetings, clarifies issues, and prepares addenda for the architect to issue to inform bidders of changes in the requirements.

Shop Drawing Phase

After a contract is awarded, the consultant reviews/approves shop drawings, detailing all equipment that his trade contractor proposes.

Construction Phase

During the construction phase, he visits the job site to record progress and clarify the contract documents. At the completion of the construction phase, he prepares a punch list detailing corrections to the work, if needed.

DO YOU WANT TO BE A “CONSULTING ENGINEER”?     

Benefits

Interesting Work – Each project is unique with specific requirements, existing conditions, options, and cost constraints.

Participation in all aspects – You create (your engineering specialty of) a project from the study through design, approvals, bidding, shop drawings, clarifications, construction observations, and the final “punch list.” You actually see the project go from a blank sheet of paper to a constructed, one of a kind project that you can see and touch.

Not stuck behind a desk – Some of your day will be made up of meetings with clients, vendors, colleagues, utility companies, contractors, and others, field investigations, and job site observations.

Drawbacks

You are in an adversarial position – Your oversight of a project is to make sure that the owner gets the equivalent of what you specified. The contractor typically wants you to accept an inferior product, your client expects you to protect the building owner’s interest, and the owner often wants better than what you specified.

The Construction Industry is “cyclical” – If you’re good at your job, you will usually be working. But if a recession is too deep or lasts too long, you may find yourself unemployed.

Deadline Pressure – Deadlines are constantly changing and often there are multiple projects pressing you for attention. Overtime and sorting out the top priorities can be stressful.

Profitably Pressure – Everyone in business is driven by a profit motive, even consulting engineering firms. No matter how good that you are at your job, if you can’t make a profit for the company, you will not last.

Too Much Work – Consulting engineering firms are reluctant to turn down projects because they can never tell when current projects will be delayed and they may have spent a year or more waiting for a project that suddenly gets the go-ahead. That creates more stress for you.

Too Little Work – Conversely, too little work is even more stressful; it almost never seems like the work load is steady.

You’re the “bad guy” – During construction, the owner sees you occasionally but usually sees the contractor every day, and friendships are formed. Before you know it, in protecting the owner’s interest, you are being too hard on his friend.

MY RECOMMENDATION

Being a consulting engineer was the best career choice for me. I started my own consulting engineering practice on my 29th birthday and eventually grew my firm to a staff of eleven and was the largest electrical engineering firm in Rhode Island.

I have written three consulting engineering books to share my knowledge with the next generation of engineers:

My first book is: The “Complete Guide” to CONSULTING ENGINEERING. In essence, his readers discover “step-by-step” how to start & manage an “outstanding” Engineering Practice and exactly how to gain a reputation as an expert in their specialty. This is both a handbook for new engineers and a constant reference manual for seasoned professionals.

My second book is: The “Outline Guide” to CONSULTING ENGINEERING. It is a condensed and abridged summery of the detailed advice provided in the “Complete Guide”. It is intended for engineers looking for just the facts; without the stories and background. It is intended to be like the “Cliff’s Notes” version of the Complete Guide.

My third book is The CONSULTING ENGINEER’S “Guidebook” and is an excerpted and extended version of the “Complete Guide”. It is the result of requests from many readers to narrow the focus to the goals of:

  • Becoming an “outstanding” consulting engineer.
  • Gaining a reputation as an “expert” in their specialty; and
  • Obtaining the engineering “management skills” needed to advance their career and make the firm stand out from their competitors.

All books are available at AMAZON.COM

Go to my website: TheEngineersResource.com, use coupon code “paperback” and save.

If you chose the “Engineers Gift Package” you can get all three books at a discount.

To see my YouTube video: FORENSIC ENGINEER’S TRIAL PREPERATION Go to: https://youtu.be/OUCWnMqTS0Q

To see my YouTube video: YOUR OWN ENGINEERING PRACTICE Go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTPrwT2hZig

To see my YouTube video: GIFTS FOR ENGINEERS go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy8RrRt-FrM&feature=youtu.be

Related topics include:

How to Prepare for a Job Interview https://www.experisjobs.us/exp_us/en/career-advice/20-tips-job-interviews.htm

How to easily and quickly get the interviews that you want.

https://www.theengineersresource.com/your-job-interview/

Making a career choice: https://www.theengineersresource.com/making-a-career-choice/

Contacts & Mailing Lists: https://www.theengineersresource.com/contacts-mailing-lists/

How to become known, build a reputation and make useful contacts.

https://www.theengineersresource.com/your-job-interview/

Become Exceptional: https://www.theengineersresource.com/become-exceptional/

Making a Career Choice: https://www.theengineersresource.com/making-a-career-choice/

“White Papers” – Help You Learn: https://www.theengineersresource.com/white-papers-help-learn/

Publish Magazine Articles: https://www.theengineersresource.com/white-papers-help-learn/

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Gifts for ENGINEERS

John D. Gaskell, Retired Professional Engineer, has authored three new books:

Jack’s first book is: The “Complete Guide” to CONSULTING ENGINEERING. In essence, his readers discover “step-by-step” how to start & manage an “outstanding” Engineering Practice and exactly how to gain a reputation as an expert in their specialty. This is both a handbook for new engineers and a constant reference manual for seasoned professionals.

His second book is: The “Outline Guide” to CONSULTING ENGINEERING. It is a condensed and abridged summery of the detailed advice provided in the “Complete Guide”. It is intended for engineers looking for just the facts; without the stories and background. It is intended to be like the “Cliff’s Notes” version of the Complete Guide.

Jack’s third book is The CONSULTING ENGINEER’S “Guidebook” and is an excerpted and extended version of the “Complete Guide”. It is the result of requests from many readers to narrow the focus to the goals of:

  • Becoming an “outstanding” consulting engineer.
  • Gaining a reputation as an “expert” in their specialty; and
  • Obtaining the engineering “management skills” needed to advance their career and make the firm stand out from their competitors.

Go to Jack’s website: TheEngineersResource.com, use coupon code “paperback” and save.

In each of these books, learn the answers to your most compelling questions about consulting engineering:

 

  • Is it the right career choice for you? Consider what this fascinating profession entails and how it will change your life.
  • Do you know how to calculate the best fee quote for each project? Learn the “insider” secrets to winning quotes that will make your projects profitable.
  • Do you want to become known in the engineering community and develop an impressive list of contacts, achievements, and awards? Learn how easy it is and how you can do it.
  • Do you want to be considered an “expert” in your specialty? If so, learn how to become a published author and how gratifying it can be to see your words in print.
  • Do you want to be part of an exceptional engineering practice? If so, you will learn how to make, both you and your firm, “outstanding.”
  • Would you like to more than “double” your firm’s selection rate for projects? Learn how to prepare the best marketing materials and implement effective marketing methods.
  • Would you like to add a “specialty” that allows you to charge one and one-half to two times your normal hourly rate? If so, consider the profitable and fascinating field of “forensic engineering.”

These books are available on Amazon.com

However, if you go to Jack’s website: TheEngineersResource.com, use coupon code “paperback” and save. Both paperback & hardcover versions are available as well as gift packages. Also, avail yourself of free chapters and free downloads, as well as other useful information and advice for Consulting Engineers.

The “Standard Gift Package” is available at: https://www.TheEngineersResource.com/shop

I have written three consulting engineering book: ‘The “Complete Guide” to CONSULTING ENGINEERING’; The CONSULTING ENGINEER’S “Guidebook”; The “Outline Guide” to CONSULTING ENGINEERING. They are presently on sale on Amazon. Both the paperback & hardback (Case Laminated) versions are available from my website: https://www.TheEngineersResource.com/shop

To see my YouTube video: YOUR OWN ENGINEERING PRACTICE Go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTPrwT2hZig

Related topics include:

How to Prepare for a Job Interview https://www.experisjobs.us/exp_us/en/career-advice/20-tips-job-interviews.htm

How to easily and quickly get the interviews that you want.

https://www.theengineersresource.com/your-job-interview/

Making a career choice: https://www.theengineersresource.com/making-a-career-choice/

Contacts & Mailing Lists: https://www.theengineersresource.com/contacts-mailing-lists/

How to become known, build a reputation and make useful contacts.

https://www.theengineersresource.com/your-job-interview/

Become Exceptional: https://www.theengineersresource.com/become-exceptional/

Making a Career Choice: https://www.theengineersresource.com/making-a-career-choice/

“White Papers” – Help You Learn: https://www.theengineersresource.com/white-papers-help-learn/

Publish Magazine Articles: https://www.theengineersresource.com/white-papers-help-learn/

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YOUR OWN ENGINEERING PRACTICE

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YOUR OWN ENGINEERING PRACTICE WITHIN 6 YEARS OF GRADUATION

Surprisingly this is a realistic goal. Find out the step-by-step roadmap at TheEngineersResource.com. When I graduated with a BS in engineering, I was a no-body. I had no connections and had never seen the inside of a country club. But, I was savvy enough to know that I needed to make contacts and get known. I had my own full time private practice in less than 5 years.

The secrets are revealed in the new book The “Complete Guide” to CONSULTING ENGINEERING by John D. Gaskell, Retired Professional Engineer. Go to TheEngineersResource.com to learn more about consulting engineering and to download a free chapter.

The ideal gift for engineers of all disciplines is The “Deluxe” Gift Package which is all three of my books in Hard Cover (Casewraped) or The “Standard” Gift Package in Paperback. Would you like to be responsible for providing an engineering practice for your engineer that will support him/her and their family for their entire career? What are you waiting for?

Learn the answers to your most compelling questions about consulting engineering:

  • Is it the right career choice for you? Consider what this fascinating profession entails and how it will change your life.
  • Do you want to have your own engineering firm? If so, you will learn the step-by-step procedures to make it happen.
  • Would you like to be able to predict your first year’s income and expenses? You will discover how to prepare a Business Plan.
  • Do you know how to calculate the best fee quote for each project? Learn the “insider” secrets to winning quotes that will make your projects profitable.
  • Do you want to become known in the engineering community and develop an impressive list of contacts, achievements, and awards? Learn how easy it is and how you can do it.
  • Do you want to be considered an “expert” in your specialty? If so, learn how to become a published author and how gratifying it can be to see your words in print.
  • Do you want to be part of an exceptional engineering practice? If so, you will learn how to make, both you and your firm, “outstanding.”
  • Would you like to more than “double” your firm’s selection rate for projects? Learn how to prepare the best marketing materials and implement effective marketing methods.
  • Would you like to add a “specialty” that allows you to charge one and one-half to two times your normal hourly rate. If so, consider the profitable and fascinating field of “forensic engineering.”

Go to TheEngineersResource.com to learn more about consulting engineering and to download a free chapter.