Employment Practices—Use of Engineering Titles

NSPE Professional Policy No.: 
58
Adopted: 
Unknown
Latest Revision: 
September 2015
Sunset Date: 
September 2020
NSPE Contact: 
Committee on Policy and Advocacy

It is the policy of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) that engineering titles should only be conferred upon those individuals who have earned them by virtue of:

  1. Licensure under a jurisdiction engineering licensure law; or
  2. Graduation from an ABET/EAC program or an equivalent program; or
  3. An official ruling under the Fair Labor Standards Act, as amended, which defines engineers as learned professionals (29CFR541, Subpart D, Paragraph 541.301).

Rationale

The indiscriminate utilization of engineering titles by individuals who are not clearly professionally qualified as set forth in this policy serves only to confuse the public. This policy recognizes that titles such as “engineering aide/assistant” and “engineering technician/technologist” are appropriate to designate individuals/positions that clearly are not those which are appropriately licensed, educated, or legally defined.