Prior to hiring an engineer or an engineering firm, you should ask some questions and get information specific to your project. It is necessary to ensure that the firm you hire is able and experienced in the type of work you need to be done. All engineers do not have the same training or skill set. You need to be sure the one you hire is a good fit for your needs. Here is a list of 15 questions you should ask an engineer before you hire him:
- Does your engineering firm have the capacity to complete this project? You never want to get into the project just to find out your team cannot finish what they started.
- Will I be dealing with the contractor during construction or will it all be run through your firm? Often, it is easier to have one point of contact, whether it is with the firm or the contractor.
- How do you charge for your services? This should be cleared up before any contract is signed.
- At what stage in the design will I get an accurate budget number? The earlier you get these numbers, the better the project will go. Even if there’s something that bumps you over budget, you at least have an idea of what you’ll need to complete the project.
- What type of engineering do you provide? Because again, not all engineering services are the same or provide the same function.
- Are you familiar with our local building codes? Even if you chose to not go with a local firm, you must be sure the one you work with understands and follows local building codes. This is something you don’t want to hassle with after the project is started.
- Have you completed similar projects? While this is not a deal breaker, it’s comforting to know that your team has completed similar projects and has a history and experience to pull from.
- How do you design the projects you work on and how will you interact with the engineer? It’s good to understand the process prior to construction so there are no surprises mid-build.
- Are you a registered engineer? Is that important? Fully understanding one’s credentials helps when it comes to permitting, insurance, cost, etc…
- Would you be able to help me find funding for this project? If you don’t have your funding shored up prior to approaching an engineering firm, it is not uncommon to ask if they can help find funding. It’s always nice to collaborate!
- How do communicate with your clients? Understanding how your team communicates sets expectations and understandings.
- How should I determine the construction costs for my project? Your engineer should be able to help you answer this question. They’ve likely worked similar projects and have been through the fee schedule before.
- How do you interact with local, state and federal agencies? This is an area you want to be sure is not mucked up in miscommunication. It can hold up a project or shut one down.
- How should I decide which engineer to use on my project? Do you determine that? Your firm of choice may have an engineer they commit/designate to the project, or they may offer you portfolios of their team and have you participate in the process.
- Who designs my project? Determine if the firm designs the project or if that’s an outside hire you need to make.
After you get these questions answered, it’s important you fully understand the scope of your project, the costs related to it, the way the engineering firm will manage it and how involved you’ll be throughout the project.
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