RESEARCH PAPERS: Progress in Management Papers

The Utilization of Engineers in Industry

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Fred Landis

Department of Mechanical Engineering, New York University, Bronx, N. Y.

J. Eng. Ind 93(2), 384-393 (May 01, 1971) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3427929 History: Received June 26, 1970; Online July 15, 2010


Based on an extensive questionnaire survey and management interviews it is shown that the time and intellectual utilization of most engineers in industry are generally high, although there is a significant minority which remains underchallenged. Except for excessive clerical work, few of the nonengineering related tasks can or should be transferred to nonprofessional personnel. Variations in engineering utilization are defined primarily by local company attitudes and are independent of industry groups. Means of improving utilization are largely related to a better appreciation by management of the motivation factors applicable to its professional engineering staff.

Copyright © 1971 by ASME
Topics: Engineers
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