PSPE Targets Industrial Exemption for Removal
You know that engineers are in a position to affect public safety and welfare every minute of every day. They touch every aspect of critical infrastructure – bridges, power, medicine, food, drinking water, airplanes and so much more that it cannot possibly be listed here. In order to be licensed, an engineering graduate must first meet rigorous educational requirements, and then meet ongoing education and training requirements. In addition, engineers licensed in Pennsylvania are held to high ethical standards by law. However, did you know that most engineers aren’t even licensed to practice? While there are several reasons why licensure isn’t always required of engineers, the most common by far is the “industrial exemption.” Industry is not required to use licensed engineers for engineering work related to products, even if those products directly affect the public’s safety. PSPE is taking the lead on changing that. House Bill 1447 removes the industrial exemption.
The bill, introduced by Representative Marc Gergely, a member of the House Professional Licensure committee, also removes a number of other exemptions from the law including the exemption for licensees of other states working in PA for less than 30 days and the exemption for work performed on private property. House Bill 1447 also changes the protected title in the law from “engineer” to “professional engineer.” That means graduate engineers would be allowed to use the title “engineer” but only those licensed could use “professional engineer.” Another proposed terminology change would replace “engineer in training” to “engineer intern”. The NCEES model law now recommends the “engineer intern” title for those that have passed the fundamentals exam.
This legislation presently resides in the House Professional Licensure committee. PSPE has requested that a public hearing be held on the legislation to help committee members better understand the need for this change. You can support the effort by contacting your legislators to ask for their support. Just click on the link below which takes you to PSPE’s Legislative Action Center where you can easily send an e-mail to your state Representative and Senator. Background information and a sample letter are there for your convenience and you can also look up who your legislators are by simply entering your address. Now that transportation funding has been enacted, this issue is at the top of the Society’s legislative agenda for 2014. Please act today by following this link: http://www.capwiz.com/nspe/issues/alert/?alertid=62873151&type=ST.
Retired Engineers Status
The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed legislation that will allow retired professional engineers, land surveyors and geologists to obtain a “retired” license. This new category of license will exempt the licensee from needing to meet mandated continuing education requirements. The new license does not permit the retired licensee to practice. If the licensee intends to return to active practice, then the licensee must complete the number of professional development hours required for each year exempted, not to exceed the annual requirement for two years.
Contact the State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists directly to apply for this status.
Phone (717) 783-7049 | ST-ENGINEER@pa.gov
EIT/PE Review Courses
The Pittsburgh Chapter of PSPE sponsors review courses twice yearly for both the Engineer in Training (EIT/FE) and Professional Engineer (civil discipline) exams. These courses meet one evening per week to complement the semiannual examinations administered in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Click here for details.
(You will be redirected to the Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists.)