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Engineering Money: Financial Fundamentals for Engineers



Engineering Money: Financial Fundamentals for Engineers

Richard Hill, George Solt

ISBN: 978-0-470-54601-7 September 2010 196 Pages


There are many text books about engineering design and some include project evaluation techniques. There are text books on accounting methods and yet others on business management. This book does not aim to replace these specialized texts but brings together the elements of these subjects that young engineers working in industry – particularly the construction industry and its customers – need to understand.

Most engineers learn about money the hard way: by experience in the workplace. The authors having done this themselves recognized the gap in engineers’ education and set out to bridge it. This book is based on a 1996 course George Solt pioneered for final-year engineering undergraduates. The book is written in an approachable style and gives young engineers as well as mature engineers an insight into the way engineering businesses run, the importance of capital and the problems of cash flow.


Chapter 1 What’s It All About?

Chapter 2 Money.

Chapter 3 Measuring Money.

Chapter 4 How Things Can Go Wrong—1.

Chapter 5 Good Company.

Chapter 6 Capital.

Chapter 7 The Year’s Business Plan.

Chapter 8 How Not to Go Bust.

Chapter 9 Cash Flow.

Chapter 10 What’s a Contract?

Chapter 11 Conditions of Contract.

Chapter 12 How Things Can Go Wrong—2.

Chapter 13 Cost Centers.

Chapter 14 Pricing Contracts.

Chapter 15 Competitive Tendering.

Chapter 16 How Things Can Go Wrong—3.

Chapter 17 Other Types of Contracts.

Chapter 18 Terms of Payment.

Chapter 19 How Things Can Go Wrong—4.

Chapter 20 Planning Contract Execution.

Chapter 21 Procurement and Monitoring.

Chapter 22 Paying and Getting Paid.

Chapter 23 Consultants.

Chapter 24 Using Your Judgement.

Chapter 25 Health and Safety Aspects of Design.

Chapter 26 Green Engineering and Greenbacks.

Chapter 27 Research and Development.

Chapter 28 The Love of Money.

Chapter 29 Last Words.

Appendix 1 Financial Accounts.

Appendix 2 Critical Path Analysis.

Appendix 3 Project Evaluation Techniques.


"Engineering Money is an excellent book for an undergraduate course dealing with return on investment issues for any contracted project, but particularly for engineering projects. The one-liner summary items would provide excellent starting points for a spirited class discussion. Highly recommended. Lower-and-upper division undergraduates." (Choice , 1 April 2011)