NCEES publishes new version of FE Reference Handbook

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) has published an updated version of the ninth edition of the FE Reference Handbook. The handbook was revised primarily to include new OSHA labeling standards in the Safety section. This new version (9.3) will be supplied electronically to FE examinees during the exam beginning in July 2015. As with the previous version, it will be displayed on the exam monitor as a searchable handbook.

“We want to make sure that FE examinees know about the change now so that they can use this edition when preparing for the exam,’ explained NCEES Director of Exam Services Tim Miller, P.E. “We encourage them to become familiar with the current version prior to taking the computer-based exam.”

The handbook can be downloaded free of charge. Bound copies can also be purchased online.


Licensure Exchange June 2015

Read the latest issue of Licensure Exchange, the NCEES publication dedicated to opinions and ideas regarding the licensure of engineers and surveyors.

Download the April 2015 issue (PDF).

  • Model Law Montana: From Concept to Legislation
  • Committee Focus: ACCA considers structural engineering regulation
  • From the President: Task force gets discussion started on future of surveying
  • 100 years of structural engineering licensure
  • Headquarters Update: Emerging leaders to provide perspectives on licensure
  • Enforcement Beat: Due process important even before charges filed
  • Member Board Brief: Model Law change brings timing of PE exam into focus
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and NCEES outreach
  • NCEES annual meeting registration open online until July 6

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2015 #PSnoboundaries Geocaching Contest winner announced

NCEES is pleased to announce that Robert Cizauskas of Connecticut is the winner of the 2015 #PSnoboundaries Geocaching Contest. Robert will receive a trip for two to the Geocaching Block Party in Seattle!

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All 2500 NCEES Surveyor Trackables have made their way into the world. There were many great contest entries. Two runners up will receive $100 VISA gift cards for these photos. Click on the images to view the submissions.

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Open the hashtag #PSnoboundaries on Facebook and Twitter to view photos taken by those who participated in the geocaching contest while they explored the great outdoors.

Learn more about the #PSnoboundaries Geocaching Contest at ncees.org/surveying.


NCEES announces 2015–16 Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group

NCEES is pleased to announce the members of its 2015–16 Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group. They are

  • Sarah Alghareeb, engineering student, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Ricardo Augustin, E.I.T., Florida
  • Jay Baumgartner, P.E., Minnesota
  • Zac Canody, P.E., Virginia
  • Barton Ching, P.E., California
  • Renee Daniel, E.I.T., Pennsylvania
  • Jacob Heck, S.I.T., Ohio
  • Trevor Jensen, S.I.T., Utah
  • Bradley Roberts, P.S., Louisiana
  • Alice Rystov, engineering student, University of California, Davis
  • Katherine Sotolongo, P.E., Louisiana
  • Christine Thornton, P.E., New York

The group will connect young engineers and surveyors with NCEES decision makers to

  • Provide feedback and discuss topics concerning the licensure process
  • Discuss topics relevant to the future of the engineering and surveying professions

“The paths to licensure for engineers and surveyors have changed considerably in the last century,” NCEES President David Widmer, P.L.S., said. “NCEES and its member licensing boards continuously work to improve the process. This group is part of those efforts.”

Beginning with a focus group at the NCEES annual meeting in August, this group of young engineers and surveyors will work with leaders of NCEES and its member licensing boards to shape the future of the engineering and surveying professions and the licensure process.

Learn more about the 2015–16 Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group.


Licensure Exchange April 2015

Read the latest issue of Licensure Exchange, the NCEES publication dedicated to opinions and ideas regarding the licensure of engineers and surveyors.

Download the April 2015 issue (PDF).

  • Enforcement Beat: Which direction does your moral compass point?
  • Committee Focus: Model Law and Model Rules provide boards with a gold standard to follow
  • Focus on learning from others at NCEES annual meeting
  • From the President: Zone meetings lay the groundwork for actions in August
  • Headquarters Update: AAES nears completion of engineering competeny model
  • New Face of Engineering—College Edition nominees announced
  • Member Board Brief: Are we clear?
  • NCEES revises Engineering Education Standard
  • Past President Krebs named Vermont Engineer of the Year
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and NCEES outreach
  • Save the date for 2015 NCEES annual meeting

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NCEES launches Squared: a year in numbers

NCEES launches licensure statistics publication and interactive annual report

NCEES is pleased to introduce the inaugural issue of NCEES Squared, the official NCEES source for engineering and surveying licensure statistics. This new annual publication is designed to make licensure data available to a wide audience, including educators, employers, and the general public. It includes information about the number of U.S. licensees, exam volume and pass rates for NCEES exams, the average age of examinees, and much more.

“‘Squared’ refers to being direct, honest, and in good order,” said NCEES Chief Executive Officer Jerry Carter. “Recent technology enhancements now allow us to analyze more data. We wanted to offer a straightforward account of our 2013–14 fiscal year through data that measure where licensure is today and the trends we are seeing. We hope this information will help more people understand licensure and its importance to our everyday lives.”

Learn more about NCEES Squared: a year in numbers.

NCEES has also released its 2014 annual report as an interactive website that complements the printed publication. The annual report provides an overview of the organization’s accomplishments and growth over the past fiscal year. The annual report website features videos from 2014 events and interviews with NCEES members and leadership on the organization’s various initiatives.

Explore the interactive annual report or download a PDF of the printed publication.


NCEES wants young engineers and surveyors to help shape the future of licensure

NCEES is launching an Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group. The group will connect young engineers and surveyors with NCEES decision makers to

  • Provide feedback and discuss topics concerning the licensure process
  • Discuss topics relevant to the future of the engineering and surveying professions

“The paths to licensure for engineers and surveyors have changed considerably in the last century,” NCEES President David Widmer, P.L.S., said. “NCEES and its member licensing boards continuously work to improve the process. This group is part of those efforts.”

Applications for the 2015–16 NCEES Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group are now being accepted. To apply, you must be 35 years of age or younger at the time of appointment and meet one of the following requirements:

  • Full-time senior engineering student
  • Full-time senior surveying student
  • Certified Engineer Intern (E.I./E.I.T.) or have passed the
  • Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Certified Surveyor Intern (S.I./S.I.T.) or have passed the
  • Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.)
  • Licensed Professional Surveyor (P.S.)

The group will consist of 12 members and include at least one representative from each participating category listed above. Engineering and surveying students must be enrolled full-time (12 or more hours) and have achieved senior status at the start of the fall 2015 semester.

Members of the NCEES Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group will serve a one-year term, beginning in August. The group will participate in two focus groups and one general meeting. Focus groups will take place during NCEES annual meetings. Group members will attend an NCEES board of directors meeting immediately following the focus groups and will be invited to extend their stay and attend the rest of the annual meeting. NCEES will fund all travel-related expenses.

Participation in the Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group will provide members the opportunity to work with leaders of NCEES and its member licensing boards to shape the future of the engineering and surveying professions and the licensure process. NCEES will recognize group members and their efforts throughout the year through social media, the NCEES website, news releases, and national publications.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Applications must be submitted online by April 1, 2015.


Licensure Exchange February 2015

Read the latest issue of Licensure Exchange, the NCEES publication dedicated to opinions and ideas regarding the licensure of engineers and surveyors.

Download the February 2015 issue (PDF).

  • It’s time to take a fresh look at state definitions of surveying
  • Zones prepare for 2015 interim meetings
  • NCEES celebrating Surveyors Week with #PSnoboundaries
  • From the President: Additional education initiative is not dead; it’s a work in progress
  • Enforcement Beat: Deception: It’s what they say—and don’t say—that matters
  • New exam development engineers join NCEES team
  • Member Board Brief: MBAs work to find solutions for reporting CPC requirements across state lines
  • NCEES funding available for first-time attendees to annual meeting
  • Lessons from the first year of computer-based testing
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and NCEES outreach
  • Latest NCEES publications tell story of 2013–14

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NCEES seeks mechanical engineers

NCEES is currently seeking licensed mechanical engineers to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the PE Mechanical exam. The results of this online survey will be used to update specifications for the exam, which is used throughout the United States for licensing purposes.

NCEES requires a cross section of licensed professional engineers practicing mechanical engineering—including those working in industry, consulting, the public sector, and academia—to complete an online survey about the tasks and knowledge required of a licensed mechanical engineer with 4 to 6 years of experience to practice in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The survey can be completed in about 20 minutes.

“These studies help NCEES ensure its licensing exams remain relevant to current professional practice,” explained Director of Exam Services Tim Miller, P.E. “The value of this PAKS depends on the number of people who participate, so NCEES is eager to get a large response from P.E.s across all areas of mechanical engineering.”

Click here to access the online survey.

Responses must be received by February 9.

For more information

Don Colman, P.E.
Exam Development Engineer
dcolman@ncees.org
864-624-5454


Update on October 2014 exam results

All of the October 2014 exam results have been released to NCEES member licensing boards. PS results were released on November 25. PE and SE results were released on December 15.

How and when examinees receive their results will vary by state. Some boards use NCEES Exam Administration Services to release the results directly to examinees; some release them through another testing service such as PCS; and other boards release the results themselves. In addition, some state boards must validate the results at a board meeting before they can release them to examinees. Contact your licensing board for more information.

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