What does standard engineering practice mean? Should an engineer deviate from government rules and regulations if the engineer believes that she is following standard engineering design practices but the design does not conform to the regulation or rule?
by Michele, Staunton, VA
on March 28, 2012
It means following and meeting approved Standards.
The approved engineering standards must be met. If, for example, a govt. regulation requires a tighter standard, then the approved engineering standard can be presented as a means of modifying the govt. reg. However, there are cases when the govt. (e.g. military) has a tighter standard, for valid reasons, and then that tighter standard should be pursued.
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