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L2B Blog: What does a Consulting Engineer do?

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Consulting Engineers are professionals that provide independent expertise in engineering and associated fields to developers and construction firms, industries and governments.

There are various disciplines within the term Consulting Engineers. We will cover a few of the Built Industry engineering field:

Environmental Engineers are involved in air and water control pollution, public health issues, recycling and waste disposal. Environmental engineers develop regulations to prevent mishaps and conduct hazardous-waste management studies in which they evaluate the significance of the hazard, advise on its treatment and containment. The environmental engineers develop technically sound solutions with regards to improving and/or maintaining environmental quality, optimising the utilisation of resources and complying with the public policy. The engineer functions as a technical advisor in policy making and legal deliberations provide technical evaluations of systems and develop management schemes for resources. Through the work of environmental engineers; individuals and businesses understand how to coordinate interaction with the environment and protect natural resources.

Civil Engineers design the built environment and manage the natural environment. They plan, design, and construct civil works like highways, bridges, water and wastewater systems, tunnels, dams and buildings.

Structural engineering is a branch of civil engineering. A vast amount of what structural engineers do involves designing structures such as buildings, tunnels, bridges, etc. The majority of structural engineers work as consultants to architects or turnkey contractors.

Electrical Engineers design and develop electrical and electronic circuits and devices, power, systems control, signal processes and communications.

Mechanical Engineers are involved in the design, manufacture, and testing of almost every product of modern society. Mechanical Engineering applies fundamental principles of mechanics to design.


The Oldest Profession…

A medical doctor, an engineer, and a management consultant were arguing about what was the oldest profession in the world.

The doctor started… “Well, in the Bible, it says that God created Eve from a rib taken from Adam’s body. This must have required surgery, and so I can claim with a high degree of confidence that mine is the oldest profession in the world.”

The engineer responded, and said, “But earlier in the book of Genesis, it states that God created the order of the heavens and the earth from out of the chaos. This was the first and certainly the most impressive application of civil engineering. Therefore, dear doctor, you are wrong: mine is surely the oldest profession in the world.”

The management consultant leaned back in his chair, smiled, and then said confidently, “Ah, but who do you think created the chaos?”





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