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November 4, 2009 - 09:44
This is the second in a series of four articles prepared by a subcommittee of the NSPE Licensure and Qualifications for Practice Committee examining the various impacts of the additional engineering education initiative. This summary was drafted by Paul D. Schmidt, P.E. Comments are welcome. What will it take to enact additional educational requirements as a prerequisite for professional licensure and what will it mean to professional engineers who are currently licensed and to those who choose to get licensed in the future? Enacting additional education requirements is seen as the...
October 22, 2009 - 16:09
This is the first in a series of four articles prepared by a subcommittee of the NSPE Licensure and Qualifications for Practice Committee examining the various impacts of the additional engineering education initiative. This summary was drafted by Paul D. Schmidt, P.E. Comments are welcome. One of the concerns frequently raised about the efforts to enact increased education requirements as a pre-requisite for licensure is the cost of the additional education. The current revisions to the NCEES Model Law require those seeking licensure as a Professional Engineer to have either a masters...
October 19, 2009 - 07:55
When I first met Dr. Robert Greer, he was going through a combination of spreadsheets and table-sized CAD drawings with the meticulousness of an archaeologist on a work site, hidden behind a pillar of manila folders and three-inch binders. I had shown up in his office as a new hire engineer, looking for help to get on the path of becoming an EIT. He and I had worked on similar manufacturing projects together, and I had always found his insights fascinating. When I mentioned my EIT aspirations to him, a wry smile crept through his Santa beard and he proceeded to give me one of many...
October 1, 2009 - 11:24
In many states, engineers who work in industry providing engineering services are exempt from licensure requirements. Of those state licensing boards that responded to a survey by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, 29 licensure jurisdictions exempt employees of industrial or manufacturing firms, and 14 have no such exemption provisions. Of those states with exemptions for industrial employees, many do not enforce licensure requirements on engineers who consult to those industries later in their careers, rather than work as employees. Is a consultant treated as an...
September 25, 2009 - 09:24
I am getting good at being blank, Staring at all the zeroes in the air. - Billy Collins Former Poet Laureate of the United States Collins’s “zeroes” are less about currency than they are about being current or rather, motivating oneself to avoid getting mired in a stagnant present. As the professional world rounds the bend on the last fiscal quarter of 2009, Microsoft Word documents everywhere are being fired up to summarize the year end’s professional accomplishments. Annual reviews are being formatted, costs (bonus points if they’re cost-savings) are reported, everyone’s ideas for...
September 18, 2009 - 14:58
At the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying in August, Ed Huston, P.E., a structural engineer from Washington state, made an interesting presentation regarding professional issues with respect to transfer of responsible charge. Below is a brief summary of the issue. There are a number of circumstances where responsible charge needs to be transferred from one professional engineer to another. These circumstances might include the disability, death, or discharge of a PE during design or after a design is completed, or the adaptation of a...
September 9, 2009 - 07:55
The week here usually begins with a vase of freshly cut flowers. Each time I check into this hotel in China’s Guangdong Province, there’s always a vase of stargazer lilies waiting by the bath, compliments of the housekeeping staff. They’re not lilies yet, mind you, just buds. These buds are anticipating their forthcoming lives as flowers much in the same way I am anticipating what the markup on my laundry bill will be this week. Each day as I see the buds a little more opened, I know I am one day closer to finishing out the week’s project work: a floral Gantt chart of sorts....
September 8, 2009 - 09:21
Think about how many professional engineers who you know who serve in elected political office at the local, state or national level. For many of us, we might know one or two, or perhaps none. We’re busy doing engineering work, and besides, the political process couldn’t be further from an engineering thought process, right? Think again. There are a number of common traits of PEs that would serve them well, and serve the public well, in service in elected political office, particularly at the local level. The knowledge of public works issues is an obvious benefit. The engineering thought...
September 8, 2009 - 09:19
Mobility in the engineering profession works better now than it ever has, by a wide margin. “Model Law Engineers” who maintain an active “Council Record” through the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying receive “expedited comity” in more than two-thirds of states. What are these things? A “Model Law Engineer” is an engineer with qualifications meeting the provisions of the NCEES Model Law. This is an engineer possessing a baccalaureate degree in engineering from a program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (the vast majority of programs...
August 31, 2009 - 09:02
My suitcase measures 30” x 24” x 12”. When living out of a duffel bag for six weeks at a time in Asia and Europe, certain basic engineering principles such as void volume begin to have particular resonance when you’re just 0.5 kg away from being rewarded with an overweight luggage charge. When I was invited to write the Young Engineer blog for the NSPE, I was thrilled at the chance to wax poetic (or at the very least, blog poetic) about the engineering life, locally and globally, from a Young Engineer’s perspective. Let’s start with a handshake. My name is Austin S. Lin...

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