Putting Action to an Objective
Establishing structural licensure in Ohio will require work, likely for an extended period. Are you willing to share in that workload?
SEAoO’s support for structural licensure (SEAoO position statement) is one step in a journey where the path to completion is not fully mapped. To be sure, the legislative steps to pass a bill aligning with our goals are known - and these are but a few identifiable steps farther ahead along the path. Before a bill is put forward, its legislative advocates will need a firm sense that the measure has sufficient support. A lack of significant opposition is also beneficial.
For numerous reasons, elected representatives tend to avoid conflict unless closely held values are at stake. While we believe structural licensure will save lives, there is not an abundance of empirical evidence supporting this belief. Further, supporting data carries limited sway and might not convince many. As we have seen before, an engaging message or stirring story can have more influence than reams of data. This means there is work ahead to build the empirical and emotional evidence supporting our cause.
This work might take various forms: sharing what structural licensure means at a PTA meeting; learning what others expect from a structural engineer and discussing how our experience might differ; listening to the concerns of those who might be affected, even in remote ways, by structural licensure; keeping the topic fresh in our newsletter, and many other options.
Again - are you willing to share in that workload? There is no promise of success, only the recognition of working toward a goal you support and helping to build our profession’s status and public understanding of our work. Contact us to volunteer your efforts.
Your thoughts regarding the topic, and others, are welcome. Feel free to contact us and talk about options for contributing to this column.
Timothy M. Gilbert, P.E., S.E., SECB
SEAoO Licensure Committee