An Engineer's Guide to Influencing Public Policy

Course Number: BS-2012
Credit: 2 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: J. Paul Guyer, P.E., R.A.
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Overview

In An Engineer's Guide to Influencing Public Policy, you'll learn ...

  • The fundamental difference between Engineers and Public Policy-Makers
  • How to influence public policy at the local, state or federal level
  • The hierarchy of people in the world, and where Engineers and Public Policy-Makers rank in that hierarchy
  • Techniques that can be used outside of the public arena to influence people in your career and community activities

Overview

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Credit: 2 PDH

Length: 28 pages

This is a tale told by an Engineer who ventured into a land seldom visited by his kind. Specifically, the Land of Public Policy. It is a story filled with high hope, confusion, disillusionment, frustration, anger, a creeping realization of how this strange new world really works and, finally, an understanding of some strategies and techniques that those of his ilk might think about should they like to participate in the public-policy-making process. But, I digress.

First, let me tell you about the Engineer. He has had a career of about 45 years, over 35 of which were as a straight-ahead designer of infrastructure projects ranging from very large to small. He is a registered Mechanical Engineer, Civil Engineer, Fire Protection Engineer and Architect.

But that is only part of the story. The Engineer was born and raised in a center of government second only to Washington, D.C. in the United States. Born and raised in the Capital of the largest state in the U.S., he grew up in a neighborhood where down the street lived a state Legislator, a U.S. Senator and a high level state political appointee. Across the street lived the son of the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. One of the highlights of the Christmas season was when the Chief Justice, who was a former Governor of the State, came home for the holidays to go duck hunting with his son and the City Manager. In short, “politics” was part of the Engineer’s “DNA.”

Moving on -- the Engineer got out of college and his DNA kicked in. He gravitated toward “recreational” politics. In addition to his day-job as an Engineer, he became active on the State level in the governmental affairs programs of two of the largest engineering societies in the United States, as well as a statewide business-oriented organization. He was occasionally active in partisan political campaigns, and was a partner in a small lobbying firm for a short time.

After about 35 years in engineering and engaging in recreational politics, he had the opportunity to do something he had wanted to do since he was a kid. He was offered a senior position on the staff of the largest State Legislature in the country. And here is where things got interesting. His job for almost nine years was to provide non-partisan analysis of public policy issues and make recommendations to the Members of the Legislature. He prepared reports, testified before Committees, provided one-on-one consultation to Members and their staff, and negotiated compromises with agencies and lobbyists. In short, he had day-in-day-out exposure to public policymakers. This course details what he learned.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • The fundamental difference between Engineers and Public Policy-Makers
  • How to influence public policy at the local, state or federal level
  • The hierarchy of people in the world, and where Engineers and Public Policy-Makers rank in that hierarchy
  • Techniques that can be used outside of the public arena to influence people in your career and community activities

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 10 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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