Critical Evaluation of Professional Development and Training Programs for Civil Engineers in Baghdad

Professional development

  • Mohammed Al Mohsin
  • Bevian Al Hadithi
  • Ali Alnuaimi
Keywords: Professional development, Training, Civil engineers, Baghdad

Abstract

Construction industry comprises a high degree of competition; the performance of construction projects is highly affected by the performance of civil engineers who are the core of construction productivity. Professional development is one of the essential milestones toward improving the performance of civil engineers. This paper, critically, evaluates the professional development and training of civil engineers in Baghdad. This encompassed the study of the existing programs offered for the professional development, the expected impact, and suggestions. Data were collected from 113 professional civil engineers about the existing professional development programs and training courses and analyzed. Large variations were found in terms of the time spent for professional development, despite the fact that they are comparable to some developed countries. Pitfalls in the field of professional training and development were clear. Remedial suggestions including professional development program and appraisal system were presented. It was emphasized that collaborative efforts by all stakeholders are required to ensure sustainable professional development.

Author Biographies

Mohammed Al Mohsin

College of Engineering, University of Buraimi
PO Box: 890, PC: 512, Buraimi (Oman)

Bevian Al Hadithi

Building and Construction Engineering Department, University of Technology
PO Box19006, Baghdad (Iraq)

Ali Alnuaimi

Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, College of Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University
P.O.Box 33, Al-Khoudh 123, Muscat (Oman)

Published
2019-08-05