Engineer Record: What is it? Do you need one?

Engineer Record: What is it? Do you need one?

Let’s say you completed a job for a government agency. As most bids, you are paid after the work is done. What if you put in the paperwork to get paid, but your request was denied? The work of an Engineer Record may be a confusing one, which is why this blog post will explain what one is and if you need one or not.

What is an Engineer Record?

Well, he has a big job to ensure that all components of the job are done correctly. Unless he is actually hired to do the engineering, that is not his main focus. His main focus is making sure everything is up to code and running smoothly—so to speak. You can equate the Engineer Record to getting a second opinion on something. He runs through everything to ensure safety, quality, and much more.

Do you need one for your project?

Not every answer to a question like this is simple. If you have a very simple project that doesn’t have a lot of special trades, then you will be okay without hiring an EOR. However, the more complicated the project, the more an EOR (engineer record) will come in handy. A complex project is when an EOR can really come in handy.

How to hire an EOR?

The hiring can be the tricky part of getting an Engineer Record on board. The only person that should hire the EOR is the GC himself. This helps ensure that there are no communication barriers. He/she knows they hired the EOR, so everything can run smoothly from start to finish. The job of the EOR is to ensure that every component of the project is up to code and done right. Of course, everything should be running smoothly inside the building as well.

Check references like it are going out of style.

Save yourself the heartache and headache by making sure you check references on the person you are hiring as the Engineer Record. Make sure the EOR that is hired is in good standing with the profession, has high ratings, and comes with great references. This may take some time, but it is well worth it in the end.

With all of this in mind, perhaps the next project you run can be a pleasant one. The hardest part will be deciding if your project is elaborate enough to hire an EOR.

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