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Alaska

Can Engineering Technology Graduates Earn a PE License?

 Introduction

Can Engineering Technology Graduates Earn a PE License? Earning a professional engineering license requires candidates to meet specific education requirements as well as experience requirements and the successful completion of 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.

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Alaska allows ABET/ETAC degrees for licensure.

Applicants with ETAC degrees are eligible for licensure.

Source:

12 AAC 36.063. ENGINEERING EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS.
a) To be eligible for a professional engineering examination other than the structural engineering examination, an applicant must

(1) have passed the fundamentals of engineering examination or had these requirements waived under 12 AAC 36.090(a);

(2) apply for examination in a branch of engineering recognized by 12 AAC 36.990(17); and

(3) submit to the board satisfactory evidence that the applicant’s education or work experience or both are equivalent to the requirements set out in the following applicable table of education and work experience requirements for a professional engineering examination.

(A) for board approval of an application made on or before June 30, 2010, an applicant’s education and experience must meet the requirements of Table A of this section, as follows:

ABET accredited B.S. degree in engineering technology.

Alaska

Continuing Education Requirements for Professional Engineers

 Introduction

Continuing Education Requirements for Professional Engineers. NSPE has put together a chart of the state continuing education requirements for professional engineers.

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Hours required: 24
Renewal: 12/31 of odd years
Self-study: All 24 hours can be taken online.
Special requirement:

All 24 hours must be taken on the topic of health, safety, and welfare.

Alaska

Defining the Practice of Engineering

 Introduction

Defining the Practice of Engineering. The following compilation of laws relating to the definitions of the practice of engineering in each state has been developed by the National Society of Professional Engineers to provide detailed information about the breadth and scope of these laws nationwide.

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Citation: Sec. 08.48.341

Definitions. In this chapter:
13. “practice of engineering” means professional service or creative work, the adequate performance of which requires the specialized knowledge of applied mathematics and sciences, dealing with the design of structures, machines, equipment, utilities systems, materials, processes, works, or projects, public or private; the teaching of advanced engineering courses in institutions of higher learning; the direction of or the performance of engineering surveys, consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning, and professional observation of construction of public and private structures, works, or projects and engineering review of drawings and specifications by regulatory agencies; “practice of engineering” may by regulation of the board include architectural building design of minor importance, but it does not include comprehensive architectural services.

Alaska

Digital Signing and Sealing of Engineering Documents

 Introduction

Digital Signing and Sealing of Engineering Documents. The following is a compilation of state laws covering the digital or electronic signing and sealing of engineering documents. It has been developed by the National Society of Professional Engineers to provide detailed information about the breadth and scope of these laws nationwide.

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Alaska accepts similar electronic or digital representation of the seal if the registrant includes an original signature and date of signing.

12 AAC 36.180.
The seal authorized for use by professional engineers is of the following design or a substantially similar electronic or digital representation of the design.

12 AAC 36.185. USE OF SEALS.
(d) The registrant shall include the date each time the registrant signs and seals a document by electronically or manually inserting the date within the seal or within two inches of the seal.

(f) An electronic image of a signature may be used on the seal if the registrant or the owner of the documents retains an original copy of the documents, accessible for later reference, that has either

(1) an original hand signature over the seal; or

(2) software in place that will automatically remove or modify the electronic image of the signature if the document is modified.

Alaska

Education and Experience Requirements for Professional Engineers

 Introduction

Education and Experience Requirements for Professional Engineers. Education and experience requirements are a vital component of the engineering licensure process. NSPE has produced a collection of state statute and regulations regarding these requirements as a resource to our members and the public.

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Citation: 12 AAC 36.063

Engineering Education and Work Experience Requirements:
a. To be eligible for a professional engineering examination other than the structural engineering examination, an applicant must

1. have been approved for or have passed the fundamentals of engineering examination or had these requirements waived under 12 AAC 36.090(a);

2. apply for examination in a branch of engineering recognized by 12 AAC 36.990(17); and

3. submit to the board satisfactory evidence that the applicant’s education or work experience or both are equivalent to the requirements set out in the following applicable table of education and work experience requirements for a professional engineering examination.

b. education for initial registration must be in the branch of engineering in which the applicant seeks registration for full credit to be given. If the education is not in the branch of engineering in which the applicant seeks registration, the board will determine the amount of credit to be given based on comparability with the branch of engineering for which the applicant has applied for registration. An applicant with a foreign degree shall submit

1. a transcript of the applicant’s education and if the transcript is not in English, submit a translation into English and a signed and notarized affidavit by the translator of the accuracy of the translation; and

2. an evaluation of the applicant’s education from an agency approved by the board unless the applicant’s education has been earned at a school accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by the board.

c. The minimum work experience required for registration must include

(1) two years of responsible charge experience or successful completion of a four-year responsible charge mentoring system, as defined in 12 AAC 36.990 and this section. To receive full credit for responsible charge experience, an applicant must gain responsible charge experience while under the responsible control of a professional engineer registered in the United States in the branch of engineering for which the applicant has applied. The board will determine the amount of credit given for responsible charge experience gained under the responsible control of a professional engineer registered in the United States in another branch of engineering based on the comparability with the branch of engineering to which the applicant has applied;

(2) responsible charge experience or successful completion of four years of responsible charge obtained within a mentoring system will be considered for credit only if it is gained after the applicant has completed education or work experience or both that are equivalent to the requirements set out in the table of education and work experience requirements for fundamentals of engineering examination in 12 AAC 36.062(2).

d. For registration in more than one branch of professional engineering listed in 12 AAC 36.990, professional work experience used to qualify for registration in one branch of engineering will be evaluated by the board in considering an application for registration in another branch of engineering. Except as provided in (c) of this section, responsible charge or mentored experience must be entirely in the branch of engineering applied for and may not be counted as responsible charge experience in another branch of engineering or in land surveying.

e. Education and work experience may not be accumulated concurrently. A maximum of 12 months’ credit may be claimed for a calendar year.

f. The board will accept a maximum of two years of credit for professional work experience used in securing registration in land surveying as experience in securing registration in civil or mining engineering.

g. Work experience for initial registration must be in the branch of engineering in which the applicant seeks registration for full credit to be given. If the work experience is not in the branch of engineering in which the applicant seeks registration, the board will determine the amount of credit to be given based on comparability with the branch of engineering for which the applicant has applied for registration.

h. The board will accept up to a maximum of two years of subprofessional work experience for up to one half of the work experience required for registration based on its meeting the definition of "subprofessional work" in 12 AAC 36.990.

i. Notwithstanding (a) - (h) of this section, an applicant authorized by the board to take the examination before 11/20/99 may continue to qualify for the examination under 12 AAC 36.040.

j. To meet the mentoring requirements of this section, an applicant must complete four years of quarterly faceto-face meetings with a professional engineer registered in the United States and registered in the same discipline that the applicant is applying for. An applicant shall

1. prepare a report for each meeting on a form provided by the department, which includes

A. a description of what topics were covered during the meeting;
B. a statement indicating whether or not it was responsible charge work and if the work was performed according to industry standards;

C. the professional engineer’s seal and signature; and

2. submit as a part of the final report a statement from the professional engineer, who served as the mentor, recommending the applicant for registration.

(k) To be eligible for the structural engineering examination, an applicant must

(1) be currently registered as a professional engineer in this state; and

(2) have at least two years of progressive structural experience, in addition to the eight years of education and work experience or both that are equivalent to the requirements set out in the applicable table of education and work experience requirements for a professional engineering examination in this section.

Alaska

Exemptions to Engineering Licensure Laws

 Introduction

Exemptions to Engineering Licensure Laws. The following compilation of industrial, manufacturing, and governmental exemptions to engineering licensure laws has been developed by NSPE.

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Citation URL: Sec. 08.48.331

Exemptions:
3. An officer or employee of the United States government practicing architecture, engineering, land surveying, or landscape architecture as required by the person’s official capacity.
10. An officer or employee of an individual, firm, partnership, association, utility, corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership, who practices engineering, architecture, land surveying, or landscape architecture involved in the operation of the employer's business only, and further provided that neither the employee nor the employer offers engineering, architecture, land surveying, or landscape architecture services to the public; exclusions under this paragraph do not apply to buildings or structures whose primary use is public occupancy.

Alaska

State Licensing Fees for Professional Engineers

 Introduction

State Licensing Fees for Professional Engineers. NSPE has put together information regarding the fees to apply for PE licensure, renewal, and reinstatement in each state and territory as well as the cost of taking the PE exam in each state. Whether you're pursuing a PE license or you are an established PE, NSPE is here to offer a wealth of resources to our members and the public.

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Application: $300
PE Exam: $350
Renewal: $100
Renewal Type: Biennial
Reinstatement Fee: $100

Alaska

Violations and Enforcement of Engineering Licensing Laws

 Introduction

Violations and Enforcement of Engineering Licensing Laws. The following compilation of laws outlines the investigative, disciplinary, and enforcement policies and procedures that can be taken in each state and territory in response to improper and unlicensed engineering has been developed by NSPE.

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Investigative/Disciplinary Powers

• In addition to any other provision of law, if a person practices or offers to practice engineering in the state without being registered or authorized to practice in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, the board may enter an order levying a civil penalty. (Sec. 08.48.295a)

• A civil penalty levied under this section may not exceed $5,000 for each offense. (Sec. 08.48.295b)

• The board may issue subpoenas to compel the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the disclosure of evidence, and may request the attorney general to bring an action to enforce a subpoena. (Sec. 08.48.295d)

• The board will, in its discretion, revoke a registration or certificate in cases of:

(1) gross negligence;

(2) incompetence that caused the life, health, or safety of a member of the public to be placed in jeopardy of death or injury;

(3) fraud or deceit in obtaining or attempting to obtain a registration or certificate. (12 AAC 36. 320.C3)

Enforcement Powers

• A person who practices or offers to practice engineering in the state without being registered or authorized to practice in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, or a person presenting or attempting to use the certificate or the seal of another, or a person who gives false or forged evidence of any kind to the board or to a member of the board in obtaining or attempting to obtain a certificate, or a person who impersonates a registrant, or a person who uses or attempts to use an expired or revoked or nonexistent certificate, knowing of the certificate’s status, or a person who falsely claims to be registered and authorized to practice under this chapter, or a person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter, is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction is punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000, or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or by both. (Sec. 08.48.291)

Alaska

When Can I Take the PE Exam?

 Introduction

When can I take the PE exam? is one of the most common questions from PE license candidates. The answer varies by state, and in some cases you may be allowed to take the exam sooner than you think.

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Taking the PE exam before gaining approved experience is not allowed.

Alaska

Which States Regulate Structural Engineering Practice and Titles?

 Introduction

Which States Regulate Structural Engineering Practice and Titles? The following is a compilation of laws relating to the practice of structural engineering in each state. The compilation has been developed by the National Society of Professional Engineers to provide detailed information about the breadth and scope of these laws nationwide.

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