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New policies and position statements

Delegates voted to adopt the following professional policy and position statements at the 95th NCEES annual meeting in August 2016.

Professional policy on NCEES Model Law designations

The NCEES Records program requires the delineation of the requirements for Model Law Engineer, Model Law Surveyor, and Model Law Structural Engineer. These designations may be used by state licensing boards to expedite comity applications.

The requirements for Model Law designations may only be amended after review by an appropriate standing committee or task force and ratification by the Council.

The designations are defined as follows:

1. Model Law Engineer—The term “Model Law Engineer” refers to an individual who has obtained licensure as a professional engineer in at least one jurisdiction as the result of satisfying the following conditions:

a. Earns one of the following:

(1) A bachelor’s degree in engineering from a program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (EAC/ABET)

(2) A master’s degree in engineering from a program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (EAC/M-ABET)

b. Passes the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination and an NCEES Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) examination

c. Meets one of the following experience requirements:

(1) Completes 4 years of acceptable engineering experience after confirmation of a bachelor of science degree in an engineering program accredited by EAC/ABET

(2) Completes 3 years of acceptable engineering experience after confirmation of a bachelor of science degree in engineering from an EAC/ABET-accredited engineering program and holds a master’s degree in engineering

(3) Completes 3 years of acceptable engineering experience after confirmation of a master’s degree in engineering from an EAC/M-ABET-accredited engineering program

(4) Completes 2 years of acceptable engineering experience and has an earned doctoral degree in engineering from an institution that offers EAC/ABET-accredited programs

d. Has a record clear of disciplinary action

For Model Law Engineer status to continue after such has been designated by NCEES, the individual must meet the requirements provided in Definition 4, Continuance of Model Law Engineer, Model Law Surveyor, and Model Law Structural Engineer Status.

2. Model Law Surveyor—The term “Model Law Surveyor” refers to an individual who has obtained licensure as a professional surveyor in at least one jurisdiction as the result of satisfying the following conditions:

a. Earns one of the following:

(1) A bachelor’s degree from a surveying engineering program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (EAC/ABET)

(2) A bachelor’s degree from a surveying and geomatics program accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commissions of ABET (ASAC/ABET)

(3) A bachelor’s degree from a surveying and geomatics program accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (ETAC/ABET)

b. Passes the NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) examination and the NCEES Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) examination

c. Completes 4 years of acceptable surveying experience after confirmation of a bachelor of science degree in a surveying/geomatics program accredited by ASAC/ABET, EAC/ABET, or ETAC/ABET, which may include up to 1 year of experience for a graduate with a surveying/geomatics degree

d. Has a record clear of disciplinary action

The jurisdiction may also require a Model Law Surveyor to pass its state-specific examination for surveyors. For Model Law Surveyor status to continue after such has been designated by NCEES, the individual must meet the requirements provided in Definition 4, Continuance of Model Law Engineer, Model Law Surveyor, and Model Law Structural Engineer Status.

3. Model Law Structural Engineer—The term “Model Law Structural Engineer” refers to an individual who has obtained licensure in at least one jurisdiction as the result of satisfying the following conditions:

a. Earns one of the following:

(1) A bachelor’s degree in engineering from a program accredited by EAC/ABET

(2) A master’s degree in engineering from a program accredited by EAC/M-ABET

b. Passes a minimum of 18 semester (27 quarter) hours of structural analysis and design courses. At least 9 of the semester (14 quarter) hours must be structural design courses.

c. Passes the NCEES FE examination

d. Passes one of the following:

(1) 16 hours of NCEES structural examinations, 8 hours of which were from the SE II taken prior to January 1, 2011

(2) 16-hour state-written structural examinations taken prior to 2004

(3) NCEES SE II plus 8-hour state-written structural examinations taken prior to January 1, 2011

(4) NCEES 16-hour Structural Engineering (SE) examination taken after January 1, 2011

e. Meets one of the following experience requirements:

(1) Completes 4 years of acceptable structural engineering experience after confirmation of a bachelor of science degree in an engineering program accredited by EAC/ABET

(2) Completes 3 years of acceptable structural engineering experience after confirmation of a bachelor of science degree in engineering from an EAC/ABET-accredited engineering program and holds a master’s degree in engineering that includes at least 6 semester (9 quarter) hours of structural engineering (in addition to the 18 hours noted above)

(3) Completes 3 years of acceptable structural engineering experience after confirmation of a master’s degree in engineering from an EAC/M-ABET-accredited engineering program that includes at least 6 semester (9 quarter) hours of structural engineering (in addition to the 18 hours noted above)

(4) Completes 2 years of acceptable structural engineering experience and has an earned doctoral degree in engineering focused on structural engineering from an institution that offers EAC/ABET-accredited programs

f. Has a record clear of disciplinary action

For Model Law Structural Engineer status to continue after such has been designated by NCEES, the individual must meet the requirements provided in Definition 4, Continuance of Model Law Engineer, Model Law Surveyor, and Model Law Structural Engineer Status.

4. Continuance of Model Law Engineer, Model Law Surveyor, and Model Law Structural Engineer Status—Any licensed professional who meets the criteria of the Model Law Engineer, Model Law Surveyor, or Model Law Structural Engineer shall continue to be designated Model Law Engineer, Model Law Surveyor, or Model Law Structural Engineer, even if these definitions are revised at a later date, provided that

a. The licensee has continually maintained his or her status as Model Law Engineer, Model Law Surveyor, or Model Law Structural Engineer

b. The licensee is not on revoked status or has not retired his or her license

c. The licensee has a record clear of disciplinary action and maintains a record clear of disciplinary action

Position statement on sustainability

NCEES recommends that professional engineers and professional surveyors incorporate the principles of sustainability to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public now and in the future.

Sustainability is defined as the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, through the balanced application of integrated planning and the combination of environmental, social, and economic decision-making processes.

Position statement on remote sensing technologies

In the interest of safeguarding the public health, safety, and welfare, the use of remote sensing technology (both aerial and ground based) to perform professional services defined in NCEES Model Law 110.20 A5, Practice of Engineering, and 110.20 B4, Practice of Surveying, shall be under the responsible charge of an appropriately licensed professional.