|Terms and Conditions|
|Profession description, Trade Law|
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Mag. Bernhard Hampl
Austrian consulting engineers provide highly qualified services in every area of engineering. They provide highly qualified services in every area of engineering.
Consulting engineers are not manufacturers or builders. Their activities are restricted to providing consultancy services, preparing plans, and carrying out calculations, studies, inspections and measurements. Consulting engineers also supervise the completion and acceptance of projects, check that they are completed properly and that the necessary calculations are performed correctly, and monitor and check plant and equipment.
A consulting engineer is an independent and neutral agent who is not directly involved in the execution of a project – he is the ordering party’s trustee, so to speak.
Consulting engineers are active in every area of engineering that is taught theoretically in an Austrian educational establishment, from in-house systems (electrical engineering, heating, air conditioning, ventilation, sanitation) to water engineering, from mechanical engineering to technical chemistry, and from interior design to mining and metallurgy.
Whichever one of these fields is the consulting engineer’s personal speciality, he will be a highly trained expert, because the qualifications a consulting engineer needs before he can open an office are laid down by the most stringent provisions in the entirety of the Austrian trade and industry law.
Each consulting engineer must first graduate from an university or Fachhochschule or pass a Secundary College for Engineering or Agriculture or Forestry. Then he must spend many years working in his field and pass a demanding license examination before setting up an engineering business.
Consulting engineers advise, plan, calculate, inspect and monitor. They are there to support their client throughout a project. Their responsibilities range from examining supplier’s tenders to monitoring the completion of a plant and then inspecting and accepting it. Their work may include advising clients, planning, performing calculations, and carrying out studies, inspections and measurements.
|§ 134 Gewerbeordnung (GewO) (trade, service and industrial code)|
|(1)||The professional licence (§ 94 Z 69) entitles the consulting engineers to consultancy services, to draw plans, to carry out calculations, studies, examinations, inspections or measurements, to develop projects, to monitor the execution of projects, to accept projects or to check whether the projects have been properly executed - which includes auditing project accounts - as well as the delivery of expert opinions within a pertinent area of speciality that corresponds to a subject of study or a postgraduate study of at least 2 years at an Austrian University, Fachhochschule (College for Engineering, Agriculture or Forestry), Art College or an appropriate Secondary College for Engineering or Agriculture or Forestry.|
|(2)||The scope of the licence of consulting engineers for interior design shall embrace all the prerogatives of consulting engineers conferred in Subpara. 1. If the activities of a consulting engineer for interior design involve components of static significance, their structural processing and static determination shall be carried out by someone who is licenced to do such work.|
|(4)||Independent professionals holding a licence under Subpara. 1 shall within the scope of their professional licence be entitled to represent clients vis-à-vis authorities and statutory bodies.|
|§ 33 Gewerbeordnung (GewO) (trade, service and industrial code)|
|(1)||Unless otherwise specified by law, plants, equipment and objects may only be inspected or monitored by firms which are licenced to manufacture the said plants, equipment or objects or, within their area of speciality, by a licenced consulting engineer(§ 94 Z. 69).|
|(2)||... In the case of a licenced consulting engineer, the function of a safety engineer is not restricted to the technical speciality.|
Last update on 14 November 2016