February 19, 2019
In legislatures around the country, a threat to engineering firms that contract with government agencies is emerging. The threat comes from a model bill requiring private businesses that contract with any government body to install tracking software on the computer of every employee who works on a public project. The company TransparentBusiness is aggressively promoting the model bill as a way of reducing fraudulent charges by government contractors.
January 16, 2019
A federal judge has ruled that an Oregon man was within his First Amendment rights when he referred to himself as an “engineer,” even though he was not licensed as a professional engineer. This ruling does not, in any way, weaken or change the fact that only PEs may engage in the professional practice of engineering in the state, nor that only licensed individuals may call themselves professional engineers or PEs.
January 3, 2019
NSPE’s major effort to improve public safety in the aftermath of a deadly pipeline explosion in Massachusetts has resulted in a new state law. On December 31, Governor Charlie Baker signed emergency legislation that requires a licensed professional engineer to approve plans for engineering work associated with natural gas infrastructure in the commonwealth.
December 13, 2018
NSPE has raised objections to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed elimination of a requirement that closed vent emissions system modifications be reviewed and sealed by a professional engineer. The objections were outlined in a public comment to the agency, which is reconsidering emission standards for the oil and natural gas sector.
November 28, 2018
Though no one wants to face disciplinary actions, it’s important to know what your professional responsibilities are if it ever happens. So NSPE has compiled information that details the self-reporting requirements of each state, including the types of information that must be shared, and thresholds that trigger them. NSPE members can access the report for free. It is available to non-members for a $9.95 fee.
November 19, 2018
As the push for automated vehicles continues in industry and government, NSPE is once again urging the Department of Transportation to give greater attention to public safety.
November 16, 2018
The National Transportation Safety Board’s new report on the deadly pipeline explosion in Massachusetts in September calls for a significant legislative change that NSPE has strongly advocated for years: elimination of professional engineer licensure exemptions.
November 12, 2018
Which states recognize the structural engineering license? It’s one of the most common questions from professional engineers looking to market their expertise across state lines. Due to the perceived risk involved and the increased complexity of structural design requirements, many states have begun to recognize structural engineers separately from professional engineers and increase their licensing requirements.
October 31, 2018
Under the leadership of NSPE, several engineering societies have submitted a letter to the Federal Communications Commission thanking the commission for its continual use of professional engineers but requesting that the FCC revise language in public notices indicating that a licensed professional engineer does not have to have an engineering license.
The recent FCC Public Notice DA 18-887 includes a reference to a “professional engineer,” but without the requirement of licensure:
October 29, 2018
Earning a professional engineering license requires a candidate to meet specific education and experience requirements and successfully complete two exams. The education requirements vary by state. In some cases, a degree in engineering technology from an accredited program is enough; however, in others it is not.