Engineering Body of Knowledge

What makes a competent engineer?

In The Engineer of 2020, the National Academy of Engineering called on engineering societies to help prepare the “engineer of the future” — one who could adapt to rapid changes in technology as well as the social, economic, and cultural forces that would affect engineering.

In response to the NAE’s call, NSPE created the Engineering Body of Knowledge, 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.

The Engineering Body of Knowledge, in turn, paved the way for a new guide for developing the engineering workforce. The Engineering Competency Model, developed by the American Association of Engineering Societies and the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, provides employers and engineers with guidance on the core competencies and skills necessary to enter the engineering profession.

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The Engineering Competency Model

NSPE’s EBOK and the Importance of Competency Models (PPTX)
Submitted by: Paul Schmidt, P.E., F.NSPE

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.

EBOK Exercise Illuminates Profession for Students: Read about how some professors are using the EBOK exercise, and what students are finding surprising. (November/December 2015 PE)

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