PE Licensing Blog

April 23, 2015 - 15:30
By Craig Musselman, P.E., F.NSPE The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has proposed modifying the ABET baccalaureate-level civil engineering program criteria which, along with general criteria, set accreditation requirements for civil engineering programs accredited by the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC).These changes to the program criteria have been approved by the EAC and passed first reading by the ABET board of directors in November 2014. If passed at second reading by the ABET board in November 2015, the modified program criteria would become applicable for...
March 2, 2015 - 14:53
By Craig Musselman, P.E., F.NSPE The NSPE Engineering Body of Knowledge (EBOK) provides a description of 30 capabilities that are necessary for the practice of engineering in responsible charge of projects that may impact public health, safety, and welfare. While some are learned initially in engineering education, many of these capabilities are attained in part or in whole through progressive engineering experience. It is important to note that there is a great difference between four years of progressive experience and one year’s experience, four times. Engineer interns (EIs or Engineers...
December 9, 2014 - 09:11
By Craig Musselman, P.E., F.NSPE Engineering licensure has always been on the basis of the so-called three-legged stool of education, examination, and experience. In recent decades, most licensure jurisdictions have enacted continuing professional development requirements necessitating that practicing professional engineers accumulate a prescribed number of hours in acceptable topic areas every several years in order to renew their PE license. Due to the increasing importance of lifelong learning in professional practice, we are approaching the point where one might refer to a “four-...
November 24, 2014 - 08:50
By Craig Musselman, P.E., F.NSPE In October 2014, a group of 90 practicing licensed professional engineers attending a New Hampshire Joint Engineering Societies (NHJES) continuing professional development conference participated in session exercises on the NSPE Engineering Body of Knowledge. The results are enlightening regarding the development of engineering capabilities. The NSPE Engineering Body of Knowledge (EBOK) characterizes the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the practice of engineering at a professional level in responsible charge of engineering activities that...
November 5, 2014 - 15:20
By Craig Musselman, P.E., F.NSPE Some believe that civil engineering is significantly different from other disciplines of engineering from both education and practice perspectives. Civil engineering education continues to require significant technical breadth. In addition to the foundational knowledge in mathematics, sciences, the humanities, and social sciences, and applicable topics in engineering science, including laboratory experiments that are common to all engineering disciplines, the civil engineering accreditation criteria require basic knowledge in at least four different civil...
October 16, 2014 - 09:32
By Craig Musselman, P.E., F.NSPE At the 2014 Annual Meeting of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), a workshop was held for attending PE board members from around the country to hear a presentation on the NSPE Engineering Body of Knowledge (EBOK). Of the 60 attendees, 37 participated in a detailed workshop session to consider how the 30 different capabilities identified in the EBOK are attained, and of those capabilities which they felt were critical to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare in engineering practice. The results of...
September 16, 2014 - 16:26
By Craig Musselman, P.E., F.NSPE At the 2014 Annual Conference of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), there was an outstanding presentation by Arthur Schwartz, Esq., the general counsel of NSPE, and Thomas Smith, P.E., Esq., the general counsel of ASCE (and ASCE’s next executive director effective January 1, 2015) regarding the codes of ethics adopted by 16 different engineering societies that are members of the American Association of Engineering Societies. Perhaps for the first time in the engineering profession, Schwartz and Smith presented a summary...
May 19, 2014 - 09:20
The National Society of Professional Engineers recently published the first edition of the Engineering Body of Knowledge (EBOK), which describes the capabilities and abilities deemed necessary to practice engineering in responsible charge at an early point in an engineer’s career. When this first edition was completed and summarized, I was struck by its implications for lifelong learning in the practice of engineering. The need for lifelong learning in one’s engineering career is accelerating, for a number of reasons. Change is one of the certainties in life and in practice, and the pace...
February 10, 2014 - 11:21
The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination and the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Examinations have historically been used as a means to confirm an applicant’s engineering capability at the level of minimum competence required to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. Coupled with the education and experience requirements, these examinations play a significant role in the licensure process in the US, as many applicants are not able to pass one or the other. The current exams contain almost exclusively technical content, and do not address the full breadth of the...
February 3, 2014 - 09:57
For the past five years, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) has been considering how to structure an alternate pathway to licensure after 2020, based on input received largely from mechanical and chemical engineers who contend that post-graduate advanced learning in their areas of practice is predominantly industry- and practice-based, and not academic in nature. This article presents an idea that might help all parties move forward. Background In 2006, NCEES adopted modifications to its Model Law encouraging jurisdictions to consider revisions after...

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