European Chartered Engineers

European Chartered Engineers

European Chartered Engineers in ECEC countries are legally authorized academic Engineers who are obliged to professional legislation and the ethical and professional principles of the ECEC Code of Conduct and the ECEC Code of Quality Knowledge, experience and know-how together with a high standard of ethical and moral demands guarantee the highest level of quality of engineering services. The protection of consumer interests, public interest and safety is warranted by legal authorization and disciplinary regulations.

 

The benefits for clients and consumers:

The safety and reliability of infrastructure, buildings, plants and products are a matter of health and safety. Additionally, Europe is an area prone to earthquakes, floods and avalanches and consequences of these natural disasters can have extremely unfavourable consequences for society. Engineers have a huge responsibility when it comes to adapting to these challenges. For example,  Italy spends 10 billion euro each year on reconstruction after earthquakes. With the same amount of money, nearly all buildings (housing) could be improved to withstand earthquakes within 10 years – with no casualties.

Only the obligation to fulfil  a necessary level of qualifications, professional conduct and continuing professional development can ensure that only engineering services are provided that can guarantee the safety of our infrastructure and built environment. European Chartered Engineers are obliged to these levels.

The quality of engineering services goes beyond the requirement of safety. A knowledge-based society must be based on the intelligent use of resources to allow the prospect of producing more while consuming less and must ensure that technological advances are achieved and applied in a creative, conscious and ethical manner.

Only the obligation to fulfil a necessary level of qualifications, professional conduct and continuing professional development can ensure that only engineering services are provided that can guarantee quality and sustainability. European Chartered Engineers are obliged to these levels

Engineering services are intellectual planning services which create unique prototypes. They are the basis of a project and have initial influence on all other parts. Therefore, only high-quality engineering services can guarantee that the costs of a project do not explode due to weak design. This is in the interest of each consumer/client, as well as in the public interest and especially in cases of public procurement.

Only the obligation to a necessary level of qualifications, professional conduct and continuing professional development can ensure that only engineering services are provided that can guarantee quality and cost limits. European Chartered Engineers are obliged to these levels

Consumers/clients are faced with engineering services that are highly complex with fast-changing and innovative technologies. The information asymmetries between consumer/client and engineer can be huge, even in cases in which the client is a “smaller” public authority. Information asymmetries will never be offset by the internet information society or any blog. The huge amount of knowledge contained in a technical education can never become everybody’s knowledge.

Only the supervision of self-regulated professional Chambers can ensure that the sound knowledge of engineers is always used in the consumers’/clients’ interest. European Chartered Engineers are obliged to these mechanisms.

Due to the high complexity of engineering services and their technologies, it is difficult and in some cases impossible for clients/consumers to compare the content of offers. Often they are unable to evaluate the different quality of offers, which leads to decisions based on the lowest price only. This runs contrary to the interests and intentions of the consumer/client and results in a lack of quality in the project, unfulfilled expectations in design and exploding unforeseen costs.

Only the obligation to a necessary level of qualifications, professional conduct and CPD can ensure that all offers have to fulfil a certain level of quality and that a consumer/client is not in danger of accepting an offer below that level.  European Chartered Engineers are obliged to these levels.

 

As it is not possible to fully rule out problems during a project, clear personal responsibility is very important and reassuring for consumers/clients.

Only professional regulation about professional conduct, responsibility, insurance and shareholding can guarantee personal responsibility and therefore utmost security for consumers / clients. European Chartered Engineers are obliged to these levels.