How to Address an Engineer

Engineer in the U.S.A.

In the U.S. engineers are addressed as:
——–Mr./Ms. (Full name)

——–Mr./Ms. (Full name), (Post nominals)

In a professional context engineers may include post nominals for higher degrees, professional certifications and licenses. In academia, engineers with doctorates will be addressed as Dr. (Full Name).
How to Address an Engineer

Engineer Elsewhere in the World

In some cultures, engineer is used as an honorific in the way doctor is used in English. (Engineer, Engenheiro, Ingeniero, Inziner, etc.) It often appears as:

—-Eng. (Name)

—-Dear Eng. (Surname)

How to Address a County Engineer?

—-For an elected county engineer, would you use The Honorable on the envelope? For example, would this be proper if you were an elected county engineer?
————The Honorable Robert Hickey
————Lake County Engineer
————————— G.L.G. in Lake County

Dear Mr. G.L.G.:
The form you have looks O.K. if the county engineer is elected in a general election (like a mayor or member of the US House of Representatives).

Since I have not run into many The Honorable county engineers it brings to mind one caveat I should mention about city officials.  Many municipalities do not address elected officials below the rank of mayor as The Honorable.

For example, I now live in New York City and all the members of the New York City Council are addressed as The Honorable (Full Name). But I was brought up in Arlington, Virginia, and there none of the members of the Arlington County Board are so addressed.

So before you proceed, check for the local tradition. It’s less a matter of what could be correct – than what the particular county, city, or town traditionally does.
—-—-—-— Robert Hickey

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