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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...
December 11, 2013 - 16:25
It’s a professional reality that all bosses are not great bosses. Anyone can become a manager, but to become a leader, other behaviors become distinguishing factors. Anyone can report to a manager, but only a leader will have followers. One such distinction is the role that leaders play in individual career development, something that some managers don’t prioritize or ignore altogether. When it comes to career development, here are five distinguishing factors in separating leaders from managers. If indicators below were on a sliding scale with leader on one end and manager on the polar...
November 20, 2013 - 10:30
Make the Most out of Your Thanksgiving Holiday Travels With Thanksgiving comes the promise of family gatherings, second helpings of gravy and stuffing (my personal favorite of all the holiday carbs), and meeting family and loved ones on the landscape of reunions and “How’s work?” inquiries. But one barrier stands between you and that table of plenty: travel. Whether you are driving, flying, or even hosting a Thanksgiving Day gathering, there is work to be done and time, effort, and patience spent before earning your seat at the table with your sanity intact. For productivity hounds out...
November 19, 2013 - 09:16
The National Society of Professional Engineers has released the first edition of “The Engineering Body of Knowledge” (EBOK), a first effort on behalf of the profession in defining the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for the practice of engineering as a professional engineer in responsible charge of engineering activities that may impact public health, safety, and welfare. The EBOK is intended to apply to all disciplines of engineering. The 60-page document is intended for a broad audience—engineer interns and practicing engineering supervisors and mentors, employers,...
November 19, 2013 - 09:07
How PE Licensure Has Changed Interesting article by Kathy Hart in the October issue of NCEES’s Licensure Exchange. Hart is the executive director of the Oklahoma State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, and she writes about the changes in licensure over the past 20 years. She mentions three in particular: Exam Administration “In 1993, all exams were on paper and used #2 pencils that the board staff sharpened by hand before every exam administration. Exams were shipped to the board office (in a not particularly secure manner) and a couple of days were spent...
October 3, 2013 - 09:43
Unlicensed Practice of Engineering A few years ago, an NCEES survey of state professional engineering licensing boards requested information from each board on the categories of violations indicated for cases opened during a two-year period. Responses were received regarding data on several thousand disciplinary cases. The frequency of categories of violations reported in that survey was as follows, beginning with the most frequent: incompetence/negligence; unlicensed practice/offer; ethics/professional conduct/misconduct; fraud, deceit, misrepresentation; and...
September 20, 2013 - 15:09
The table below provides the best and most detailed information developed to date on the status of exemptions from engineering licensure laws and regulations in each licensure jurisdiction in the U.S. This table was developed in 2013 by the Industrial Exemption Task Force of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, and included in the background information provided for the August, 2013 NCEES Annual Meeting. It was based on a detailed review of the statute and rules in each state, with input from individual state licensing boards. The NSPE policy regarding industrial...
September 16, 2013 - 09:29
At its annual meeting in August 2013, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) voted by a substantial margin to modify the Model Law for engineering licensure to allow for the early taking of the PE exam. Currently, the Model Law, and most states, require that applicants for a PE license complete the required number of years of progressive engineering experience prior to attempting the Principles and Practices of Engineering Examination (the PE exam). With this coming change, the Model Law will stipulate that engineers may, at their option, attempt the PE exam...
August 15, 2013 - 09:31
This is the second in a series of articles about the licensure of engineering technologists in the U.S. Thefirst articledescribed the current status of licensure of technologists as professional engineers and indicated that some 17 jurisdictions do not provide a pathway for technologists to become licensed, while the balance of the jurisdictions do, generally requiring additional years of engineering experience, averaging about six years. Licensure as a professional engineer requires a technologist to pass both the FE and PE examinations, which address a technical engineering body of...

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