Market Quest Research Group Inc. of St. John's recently conducted a Stakeholder Survey on behalf of the Council of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL). The purpose of this study was to assess stakeholders' perceptions of the professions of engineering and geoscience.
The specific objectives of the study included:
For more details regarding survey results, please see www.pegnl.ca/publications.
For this research, 'stakeholders' were defined as individuals with organizations that employ or deal with professional engineers and/or professional geoscientists.
PEGNL identified five key stakeholder groups for inclusion in this research: Newfoundland Ocean Industries Association members; Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association members; and managers of municipal governments, the provincial government and the federal government.
The final sampling group consisted of 1,473 stakeholders, of which 306 completed the survey. Data collection was conducted via telephone from June 14-July 6, 2007.
A few stakeholder respondents were members of PEGNL; 85% were not members.
The most common job titles of respondents were: President/CEO/Owner (17%); Mayor (16%); Manager/General Manager (12%); or Town Clerk/Manager (11%).
Three-quarters of stakeholders (76%) hire Engineering consultants on a contract basis and 43% employ Professional Engineers.
Stakeholders' Perceptions of Various Professions
Survey respondents indicated that professional engineers and professional geoscientists were held in high regard.
The majority of stakeholders felt that Engineers (47%) and Social Workers (26%) are the most valuable professions to the community.
Furthermore, almost all stakeholders (95%) associate the work of Engineers with public safety, while 27% associate the work of Geologists with public safety.
The survey asked for a) their general impressions, and their perceptions of b) honesty/ethical conduct and c) competency for six professions: Accountants, Architects, Engineers, Geologists, Lawyers, Social Workers.
The responses relating to engineers and geoscientists overall were very positive:
In all three areas, engineers rank highest overall of all six professions.
Employment of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Perceptions of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Of those who employ or contract Engineers:
Of those who employ or contract Geoscientists:
Satisfaction with Engineers
In dealing with Engineers over the past 2 years, most stakeholders have been very or somewhat satisfied with their conduct (92%) and work (89%).
Over one-half (51%) of stakeholders would contact the Engineer's employer if they were not satisfied with their work.
93% felt that professional licensure was very or somewhat important for their organization. When asked why, 33% said because of requirement/liability/safety issues and 51% because it ensures competency.
The information provided by the survey will assist Council in monitoring its success in fulfilling its policy objectives.
If you have a question/comment regarding this survey, please contact Steve McLean at 753-7714 or email@example.com.
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