NCEES seeks mining and mineral processing engineers

NCEES is currently seeking licensed mining and mineral processing engineers to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the PE Mining and Mineral Processing exam. The results of this study 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 mining or mineral processing—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 mining or mineral processing engineer with 4 to 6 years of experience to protect 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 mining and mineral processing engineering.”

Click here to access the online survey.

Responses must be received by January 5.

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Susan Cline, P.E.
Exam Development Engineer

NCEES updates specifications for PE Civil exam

NCEES has introduced new specifications for its PE Civil exam, effective with the April 2015 exam administration. Specifications have been updated for all five of the PE Civil exam module options: Construction, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation, and Water Resources and Environmental.

Exam specifications indicate knowledge areas to be tested and their relative weights of emphasis. As the developer of the exams used for engineering licensure in the United States, NCEES periodically conducts surveys of licensed engineers working in industry, government, private practice, and academia to gather information about the knowledge and skills required of professionals in a particular discipline. NCEES uses the results to update its exam specifications.

“Our licensing exams need to reflect current professional practice, and these surveys help us determine what an engineer intern with four years of experience should be expected to know to protect the public,” said Tim Miller, P.E, the director of exam services at NCEES.

The new specifications are available online. Updated practice exams will be published in November 2014.

Licensure Exchange October 2014

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  • From the President: Looking forward to the fun that comes with hard work
  • Annual meeting delegates debate the issues
  • Seattle joins NCEES and Pacific Science Center to explore engineering and surveying professions
  • Headquarters Update: NCEES files brief with U.S. Supreme Court
  • Enforcement Beat: But that wasn’t really a disciplinary action in that other state
  • Member Board Brief: MBA Committee is ready to assist member boards and NCEES committees
  • Judges needed for DiscoverE Future City regional competitions
  • Nominations open for NCEES service awards
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and NCEES outreach
  • NCEES installs 2014–15 board of directors

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NCEES seeks licensed civil engineers

NCEES is seeking licensed civil engineers to participate in a standard-setting study for the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Civil exam, which is used throughout the United States for licensing purposes. To qualify, volunteers must be licensed professional engineers practicing in the civil engineering discipline.

The standard-setting study will take place May 15–16, 2015, in Clemson, South Carolina. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid by NCEES. Selected volunteers will review and rate the difficulty of items that will be included on the updated exam. The volunteers’ responses will help NCEES determine the passing score for the PE Civil exam.

For more information

Susan Cline, P.E.
Exam Development Engineer

Update, September 23, 2014: The survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who completed it.

NCEES approves revised approach to education initiative

The U.S. engineering and surveying licensing boards that make up NCEES have voted to modify the approach to requiring additional education for initial engineering licensure by removing specific language in the NCEES Model Law and Model Rules, originally intended to be effective in 2020.

The decision was made during the 2014 NCEES annual meeting, held August 20–23 in Seattle, Washington. As part of the vote, annual meeting delegates decided to instead develop an official NCEES position statement that supports additional engineering education beyond a bachelor’s degree.

“NCEES remains committed to improving education standards to better prepare engineers to enter the profession and will work with other engineering organizations, educators, and the professional engineering community to reach that goal,” said NCEES Chief Executive Officer Jerry Carter. “NCEES voted to remove these requirements to avoid confusion and unintended comity licensure barriers while it works on the specifics of the requirement.”

The additional education requirement in the Model Law and Model Rules—the NCEES best-practice models for state licensure laws and rules—called for an engineering licensure candidate to obtain a master’s degree or its equivalent before initial licensure. The requirement was first added to the model documents by Council vote in 2006. In subsequent years, NCEES annual meeting delegates approved several additions and modifications to the language to adjust and clarify the requirement.

The Council’s latest decision means that in 2020 the NCEES Model Law and Model Rules will continue to require an engineering bachelor’s degree from an EAC/ABET-accredited program to fulfill the education requirement for engineering licensure.

Carter explained that having the additional education requirement in the model documents was creating uncertainty about what would be required for licensure in the future and impacting students entering engineering programs.

“The language about requiring additional education beyond the  bachelor’s degree was inserted in the NCEES model governance documents to reflect the belief of the Council that significant  revisions are needed in the education of engineers to ensure that they are prepared to enter the professional practice of engineering. Because the language had been incorporated into the NCEES Model Law and Model Rules but had not yet been adopted by any individual licensing board, it was causing confusion among  students, educators, and professional engineers,” he said.

Another key issue was the effect on the NCEES Records program, which is used by professional engineers across the country to facilitate comity licensure, the process by which a professional engineer licensed in one state gets licensed in another.

Carter explained, “For those who meet the Model Law Engineer or Model Law Structural Engineer standard, many states expedite a comity licensure application. In 2020, the MLE and MLSE standards would have required a master’s degree or the equivalent. If no state requires a master’s, most licensees would no longer meet the MLE and MLSE standards, which would have slowed comity licensure. NCEES is dedicated to facilitating licensure among states, so it wants to avoid this impediment.”

The NCEES Advisory Committee on Council Activities has been charged to develop the position statement supporting additional education for initial engineering licensure and will present it for adoption by the Council at the 2015 annual meeting.

Removing prerequisite in licensure requirements

Among other actions taken at the annual meeting, NCEES member boards voted to remove its Model Law prerequisite that four years of progressive engineering experience be earned before a licensure candidate can take the final licensing exam, the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.

Delegates voted in 2013 to remove the prerequisite, and the NCEES Committee on Uniform Procedures and Legislative Guidelines was charged this year with proposing specific amendments to the language to effect the change. The Council voted to approve the proposed amendments.

Carter said that the change does not alter the requirements themselves. “The Model Law still requires four years of engineering experience for licensure. You don’t have to meet the experience requirement before you can take the PE exam, but you do have to earn this experience, along with meeting the education and exam requirements, before you can become licensed as a professional engineer.”

This change to the Model Law is subject to implementation at the state level. “Each jurisdiction will decide whether to remove the prerequisite aspect of the experience requirement from its laws or policies, and some have already done so,” Carter explained.

Full details on all motions considered during the annual meeting will be included in the official minutes, which will be published later this year.

Widmer begins term as NCEES president

David Widmer, P.L.S., began his term as 2014–15 NCEES president at the conclusion of the organization’s annual meeting, held August 20–23 in Seattle, Washington.

A resident of Rochester, Pennsylvania, Widmer was a member of the Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists from 1991 to 2011 and is now an emeritus member. He is president of Widmer Engineering Inc., a consulting firm based in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. He replaces outgoing president Patty Mamola, P.E., of Nevada, who will remain on the NCEES board of directors as immediate past president.

Also during the annual meeting, NCEES members elected Michael Conzett, P.E., of Nebraska president-elect for the 2014–15 term.

NCEES welcomed Christy VanBuskirk, P.E., of Iowa and Patrick Tami, P.L.S., of California to its board of directors as well. VanBuskirk and Tami will serve two-year terms as vice presidents of the Central Zone and Western Zone, respectively.

Rounding out the board of directors are three members serving the second year of their two-year terms: Gary Thompson, P.L.S., of North Carolina continues as treasurer; James Purcell, P.E., of New Jersey returns as Northeast Zone vice president; and Daniel Turner, Ph.D., P.E., P.L.S., of Alabama continues as Southern Zone vice president.

Detailed information about NCEES governance can be found here.

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David Widmer, P.L.S.
Michael Conzett, P.E.
Patrick Tami, P.L.S.
Christy VanBuskirk, P.E.

NCEES recognizes long-standing service

At its 93rd annual meeting, NCEES honored several members for their longtime service to the organization and the engineering and surveying professions. The 2014 NCEES award winners are

  • J. Richard (Dick) Cottingham, P.E., P.L.S., of South Carolina, who received the Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation
  • B. David Cox, executive director of the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, who received the Meritorious Service Award
  • Edward Roche, Sc.D., P.E., of Florida, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award

The winners were honored at an awards banquet on August 22 at the NCEES annual meeting in Seattle, Washington.

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Licensure Exchange August 2014

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  • New CBT exams give opportunity to improve subject matter reports
  • President–elect nominee and incoming vice presidents discuss vision for NCEES
  • From the President: Focus on the basic questions of who, what, and where key to future of engineering and surveying
  • Headquarters Update: Decoupling experience—An evolution of the model
  • Enforcement Beat: Sharing critical information—The case for board compliance officers
  • Member boards news, upcoming events, and NCEES outreach
  • NCEES launches mobile app for annual meeting

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Licensure Exchange June 2014

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  • Committee Focus: Help us introduce NCEES to Seattle
  • First NCEES-sponsored EWB-USA grants awarded
  • From the President: It’s time to find new ways to get more women in engineering and improve diversity
  • Enforcement Beat: Committee addresses use of confidential information for personal profit
  • Headquarters Update: Redefining the surveyor of the future
  • Remembering Past President Paul Munger
  • Member Board Brief: Are member boards serious about improving mobility for P.E.s?
  • Seattle University wins 2014 NCEES Engineering Award
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and NCEES outreach
  • NCEES annual meeting registration open online until July 7

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Update on April 2014 exam results

The results of the April 2014 PE and PS exams were released to NCEES member licensing boards on May 20. The SE exam results were released on June 17.

This video explains some of the steps in the scoring process that take place between when your exam is submitted and your result is released:

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.

To find out how you will receive your results, go to the exams page, select your state from the drop-down menu on the right, select your exam, and look for the Results subhead.

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