Engineering Body of Knowledge

A decade ago, the National Academy of Engineering recognized that the engineering community would need to evolve to adapt to rapid changes in technological innovation and the social, economic, and cultural forces that would affect engineering. The release of the report The Engineer of 2020 set the stage for shaping the “engineer of the future” and called on engineering societies to play a critical role. Engineering Body of KnowledgeNSPE realizes that the future professional engineer will need to be someone who is not only creative and innovative, but able to adapt to changes on a global scale while maintaining a commitment to the public health, safety, and welfare. To offer its perspective on shaping the future of professional engineering, the Society has published the Engineering Body of Knowledge.

The Engineering Body of Knowledge is the first concerted effort to provide a common ground to developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to practice as a professional engineer across engineering disciplines.

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Introduction to the Engineering Body of Knowledge: Check out NSPE's new resource for teaching freshman engineering students about the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for success in the engineering profession. Download here.

The Engineering Body of Knowledge (First Edition, 2013)

E-book: What Makes a PE? The Attributes and Capabilities of Professional Engineers

Cover Story: What Makes a PE? (January/February 2014 PE)

The Engineering Body of Knowledge (Blog Post, November 19, 2013)

Engineering Body of Knowledge Summary Handout

What Engineers Need to Know and When They Need to Know It (January/February 2013 PE)

Engineering Body of Knowledge Background/Talking Points (PDF)

Submit comments: NSPE is seeking feedback on the first edition of the Engineering Body of Knowledge and anticipates that a second edition will be prepared in the future to incorporate such input. Review the EBOK and send your written comments to NSPE General Counsel Arthur Schwartz at