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engineers' creed

as a professional engineer, i dedicate my professional knowledge


professional registration

over a century ago anyone could work an engineer w/o proof of competency, in 1907 Wyoming instituted an engineering licensure law to protect public health, safety and welfare. now all US states regulate the licensure and practice of the engineering profession


unlicensed persons cannot

assume the title of engineer. advertise or claim to be an engineer


GenEd Requirement

Bachelor from an (ABET) accredited program or verification that your degree is equivalent to an EAC/ABET accredited program.


P.E. is granted by states to qualified persons meeting requirements in education, experience, and exams



a P.E. title is only recognized by the state in which it is granted



qualified persons may obtain P.E. registration is more than one state



Gen Experience Requirement

Minimum of four years of “qualified” work experience under the supervision of a licensed P.E. NCEES Model Law defines qualifying experience as
“progressive experience on engineering projects of a
grade and a character which indicate to the board that
an applicant may be competent to practice engineering.”


GEn Exam

Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam: Tests the knowledge that a candidate learned in college while obtaining their undergraduate engineering degree. Includes a general morning session and a discipline specific afternoon session. Upon passing candidates will be approved by the state as an engineering intern or engineer‐in‐training (EIT). then...Professional Engineering (PE) Exam: Tests the knowledge and skills that a candidate learned while performing qualified work under a licensed P.E. Candidate will take a discipline specific version of the P.E. exam


general licensure steps

1) Earn an engineering degree from an ABET accredited
2) Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam and gain the
classification of Engineer‐In‐Training (EIT).
3) Work under the supervision of a P.E. to gain acceptable
engineering work experience.
4) Pass the Professional Engineering (PE) Exam.


what is a failure

 Inability of a component, structure or facility to
perform its intended function
 Failure does not necessarily involve collapse or


safety faiure

 Involves death or injury or placing people at risk
 Examples:
 Collapse of formwork during concrete placement
 Punching shear failure in flat slab concrete floor
 Trench collapse
 Slip and fall on wet floor


functional failure

 Involves compromise of intended usage of structure
or facility
 Examples:
 Excessive vibration of floor
 Roof leaks
 Inadequate air conditioning
 Poor acoustics


ancillary failure

 Ancillary failure includes factors that perversely
affect schedules, cost, or intended use
 Examples:
 Delayed construction
 Unexpected foundation problems
 Unavailability of materials


causes of failures

Design deficiencies 40‐60%
Construction errors 25‐30%
Material defects 10‐15%
Maintenance 5‐10%