“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs
Our professional development program has the singular purpose of helping an engineer become a successful Municipal Consultant, which is what we are at Wallis Engineering.
We believe that for the most part, such consultants are born, not made. Sometimes these “born” municipal consultants are not as successful as they could be. That is the purpose of our professional development program. That program includes both technical and non-technical training. It also helps engineers build the relationships that are key to being a successful municipal consultant.
We try to hire engineers who have innate aptitudes and values which align with the needs of municipal consultancy. Once hired, we work with them to help them more thoroughly understand “who they are”, and how well they fit municipal engineering consultancy, or other career path(s).
Not everyone we hire fits the municipal consultancy career path. For them, we help find a better “fit”. For more on this program, download our Seriously Civil Professional Development Guide.
What is a Municipal Engineering Consultant?
1. You have public service values. They may not be as strong as those engineers who work for public agencies, but they have to be present to some extent.
2. You are “project delivery” focused as opposed to “process delivery” focused.
3. You are highly productive. Municipal consulting will always be “fee” challenged. Productivity is a must.
4. You have project management capability. In the long-term, Municipal Consultants must become project managers.
5. You enjoy more “flexible” project delivery as opposed to “rigid” project delivery. In short, you enjoy tailoring design and specifications to the unique needs of a project as opposed to a more rigid approach where you primarily rely upon procedures and guidelines.
6. You enjoy collaborative decision making with those with different perspectives than yours. Those different perspectives can include:
- Client staff who see the political implications of their work differently than you.
- Client staff who see maintenance and operations differently than you.
- Environmental regulators who see regulations differently than you.
- Contractors who see public works construction differently than you.
7. You are capable of expanding relationships. This is a challenge for “non-salesmen” (extreme introverts, for example). Such individuals may be superb municipal engineers, but in the long term take a back seat to salesmen. Municipal consulting has no “back seat”. Our Core24 Program was developed to help such “non-salesmen” become successful municipal engineering consultants.