Jans begins term as NCEES president

Dale Jans, P.E., of South Dakota, began his term as 2011–12 NCEES president at the conclusion of the NCEES annual meeting, held August 24–27 in Providence, Rhode Island.

Jans has served on the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions since 1994. A resident of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Jans is president and majority owner of Jans Corporation, a design/build construction company based in South Dakota. He replaces outgoing president Joseph Timms, P.E., of West Virginia, who will remain on the NCEES board of directors as immediate past president.

Also during the annual meeting, NCEES members elected Gene Dinkins, P.E., P.L.S., of South Carolina as its president-elect for the 2011–12 term and David Widmer, P.L.S., of Pennsylvania treasurer for the  2011–13 term.

NCEES also welcomed two new members of its board of directors in Howard (Skip) Harclerode II, P.E., of Maryland and Theodore Sack, P.L.S., of Oklahoma. Harclerode and Sack will serve two-year terms as vice presidents of the Northeast Zone and Southern Zone, respectively.

Rounding out the board of directors are two members serving the second year of their two-year term: Nancy Gavlin, P.E., S.E., of Illinois returns as Central Zone vice president, and Patty Mamola, P.E., of Nevada continues as Western Zone vice president.

Detailed information about NCEES governance can be found here.

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Dale Jans, P.E.
Gene Dinkins, P.E., P.L.S.
David Widmer, P.L.S.
Howard (Skip) Harclerode II, P.E.
Theodore Sack, P.L.S.


NCEES takes additional steps toward implementing computer-based testing

At its 90th annual meeting, held August 24–27 in Providence, Rhode Island, the member licensing boards of NCEES approved a new pricing model for NCEES exams that will go into effect when the Fundamentals of Engineering and Fundamentals of Surveying exams shift to computer-based testing in January 2014.

The new pricing model, which features an all-inclusive fee for the FE and FS that covers the exam itself and administration costs, was a key step in the transition from paper-and-pencil toward computer-based testing.

The final paper-and-pencil administration of the FE and FS exams, which are taken by nearly 50,000 examinees throughout the United States and in several foreign locations each year, will take place in October 2013.

About the exams

The FE exam is the first of two exams required for professional engineering licensure; it is designed to test students’ knowledge of concepts learned while earning an accredited bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline. The FS exam is a similar exam designed for surveying licensure candidates.

The PE and PS exams, which are designed for candidates who have already passed the FE or FS and gained professional experience, will continue to be administered via paper and pencil for the foreseeable future.

“Adopting a new pricing model was just one of many steps needed as we move the FE and FS to CBT,” said Jerry Carter, NCEES executive director. “We remain excited about the many enhancements CBT will provide for our exams and the testing experience for candidates.”

Alternate pathway for education voted down

Among other actions taken at last week’s annual meeting was a decision by the member boards against adopting an alternate pathway toward fulfilling the Model Law 2020 education requirement for engineering licensure. This alternate pathway would have allowed candidates seeking a P.E. license to fulfill the education requirement via a combination of approved continuing education coursework, additional experience, and mentoring.

The Model Law 2020 requirement, which is set to go into effect in 2020 but is nonbinding in any state that does not incorporate it into its laws, calls for candidates seeking a P.E. license to complete an engineering master’s degree or its equivalent. Currently, the Model Law requires P.E. candidates to complete an accredited engineering bachelor’s degree.

Proposed amendment takes aim at industrial exemption

NCEES member boards expressed their support for strengthening licensure’s protections by applying them toward engineered products and systems. They approved charging the Committee on Uniform Procedures and Legislative Guidelines with amending the Model Law to require responsible charge of a licensed engineer over the engineering design of buildings, structures, products, machines, processes, and systems that affect the public’s health, safety, and welfare. The proposed amendment is a response to provisions in many state laws, known as industrial exemptions, that exempt firms that manufacture products from requiring a P.E. to oversee their design.

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

Contact

For more information, contact NCEES Director of Public Affairs Nina Norris at 864-654-6824.


Licensure Exchange August 2011

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  • From the President: The engineering world is getting smaller
  • University of New Mexico wins 2011 NCEES Engineering Award
  • Q&A: Nominees for president-elect, treasurer and incoming VPs discuss vision for NCEES
  • Headquarters Update: History of Council finances demonstrates importance of planning for the future
  • Enforcement Beat: Does forensic engineering require licensure?
  • NCEES wraps up first 16-hour Structural Engineering exam administration
  • Exam Update: April 2011 pass rates
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES uses My NCEES web portal to keep boards informed during CBT transition

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NCEES and IIE seek industrial engineers for online survey

NCEES and the Institute of Industrial Engineers are currently seeking licensed industrial engineers to participate in an online survey that will be used to update specifications for the PE Industrial exam.

The survey is part of a professional activities and knowledge study, known as a PAKS, and is designed to gather information about the knowledge and skills required for professional practice from a diverse range of licensed engineers in industry, consulting, the public sector, and academia.

Responses will help determine future exam content

“These studies help NCEES ensure its licensing exams remain relevant to current professional practice,” said Tim Miller, P.E., director of exam services at NCEES. “The value of this PAKS depends on the number of people who participate, so NCEES is eager to get a large response from licensed engineers practicing industrial engineering.”

NCEES staff and testing professionals will use response data in developing future specifications for the exam, which is used throughout the United States for licensing purposes.

Who can participate?

Participants must be licensed professional engineers with at least four years’ experience in industrial engineering. Surveys typically last about 30 minutes.

Click here to access the industrial engineering PAKS online survey.

For more information

Susan Cline, P.E.
NCEES Exam Development Engineer
scline@ncees.org
864-654-6824


Update on April 2011 exam results

All April 2011 exam results have been released to NCEES member licensing boards. Release dates for each exam were

  • FS and PS: May 11
  • FE: May 16
  • PE: May 25
  • SE: June 29

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, and look for the Results subhead.

Read more about the scoring process.


University of New Mexico wins 2011 NCEES Engineering Award

NCEES is pleased to announce that the University of New Mexico Department of Civil Engineering is the grand prize winner of the 2011 NCEES Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education. The award jury met June 7, 2011, in Clemson, S.C., to select the $25,000 grand prize winner.

The department received the prize for its submission, Integrated Infrastructure Improvements for a Youth Scout Ranch. For the project, teams of civil engineering and construction management students worked with professional engineer mentors to design infrastructure improvements for a youth camp. Each team addressed one of four areas necessary for the camp’s future growth and improved safety: drinking water and fire protection; drainage, erosion control, and emergency road access; wastewater collection and secondary treatment; and structural improvements, including a new pedestrian bridge and trading post.

The jury praised the project for incorporating various subdisciplines of civil engineering as well as construction management and for giving students “practical understanding of the routine work environment of practicing
professional engineers.”

The jury selected five additional winners to receive awards of $7,500 each:

  • California State University, Los Angeles, Department of Civil Engineering
    Connecting Professional Practice and Education through a Civil Engineering Capstone Project: Mud Flow Barrier
  • Lawrence Technological University Department of Civil Engineering
    Civil Engineering Capstone Project and Recovery Park
  • Seattle University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Flood Control Channel Design for a River in Northwest Haiti
  • Seattle University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Structural Design of Dam Sluice Gate Walkway Slabs: Retrofit and Replacement Options
  • University of Texas at El Paso Department of Civil Engineering
    Development of a Sustainable Infrastructure Management System for a City

The NCEES Engineering Award recognizes engineering programs that encourage collaboration between students and licensed professional engineers. EAC/ABET-accredited programs from all engineering disciplines were invited to submit projects that integrate professional practice and education.

The winners were selected by a jury of NCEES members and representatives from academic institutions and professional engineering organizations.

“NCEES is committed to educating the next generation about the importance of technical competency and ethical practice in the engineering profession,” said NCEES President Joseph Timms, P.E. “We hope this award will inspire other colleges to introduce similar collaborative projects that bring professional engineers and students together.”

Read profiles of the winning projects.


Licensure Exchange June 2011

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  • Social networking gives licensing boards new communication outlets
  • From the President: Council prepares for successful annual meeting
  • Committee Focus: Strengthening degree requirements for surveying licensure important for public protection
  • Headquarters Update: Looking to the past gives insight on today’s issues
  • Enforcement Beat: Licensing laws need active enforcement program to effectively protect public
  • National Engineers Week Foundation expands New Faces of Engineering program
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • Register for the NCEES annual meeting by July 15

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NCEES to administer California engineering, surveying exams

NCEES has reached an agreement with the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists to administer exams in that state. Nearly 8,000 candidates, spread over five exam sites in the state, are expected at the next exam administration, which is scheduled for October 28–29.

“We’re pleased that an agreement has been reached to administer exams in California,” said Jerry Carter, executive director of NCEES. “In doing this, we will have an opportunity to create a more uniform exam experience for candidates while at the same time ensuring that exam material is protected.”

With the addition of California, NCEES Exam Administration Services now administers exams in 40 states. Exams administered include the FE, PE, and SE exams, which are used by state boards for professional engineering licensure, and the FS and PS exams, which are used for professional surveying licensure.

NCEES Exam Administration Services was created to provide administration and related services to the member licensing boards that comprise NCEES. While NCEES exams are used throughout the United States for licensing purposes, not all states administer the exams through NCEES. With the new agreement between NCEES and California, NCEES now administers exams to a large majority of engineering and surveying licensure applicants.


NCEES seeks structural engineering volunteers

NCEES is currently seeking structural engineers specializing in building design to participate in a standard-setting study for the new SE exam. Selected volunteers will review the 16-hour SE exam, which was first administered in April 2011, and rate the difficulty of each item on the exam.

Those selected for the study will not only help NCEES determine the passing score for the SE exam for the April administration but will also assist in setting a baseline for passing scores for the next several years. The standard-setting study will take place June 17–18, 2011, at NCEES headquarters in Clemson, South Carolina. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid by NCEES.

Volunteers selected for the study must meet the following requirements:

  • Licensed to practice structural engineering within their jurisdiction of licensure
  • Specializes in building design rather than bridge design
  • Has passed one of the following three exams within the past five years: the NCEES Structural II exam, the Washington State Structural III exam, or the California Structural Engineering Seismic exam

Contact

To participate in this study, contact Bruce Martin, P.E., at bmartin@ncees.org or 864-624-5475 by Friday, May 20.


Exam security tip line

With the exam administrations having taken place on April 13 and 14, NCEES is reminding examinees and proctors about its exam security tip line for reporting instances of security breaches or irregularities related to the FE, FS, PE, PS, and SE exams.

Alerting NCEES to potential breaches or irregularities helps protect the licensure process. While NCEES takes significant measures to prevent such instances, examinees and others involved with the exams represent an important line of defense.