PE License Benefits
I graduated from a very
large engineering school in
the US (Purdue) about 12
years ago. I was one of many...probably
hundreds…who took the FE exam
during my senior year. As I reflect back,
one thing that surprises me is how
little I understood about the PE license
then. Even though I had an interest
in obtaining a PE license, I was naive
regarding what the license allowed me
to do and what responsibilities it came
with. I expect that many or most of my
classmates were equally naive as well.
My question to fellow PEs is twofold:
1. Do you believe young engineers are
properly informed about the benefits
and responsibilities of a PE license?
2. If not...what should young engineers
(and students) know about the benefits
and responsibilities of a PE license
which they do not already?
Levi Sutton, P.E.
Since I am a chemical engineer, I was
not required to have my PE license for
my day-to-day work. Later in my career,
I decided to get it to set an example
for younger engineers and to be able
to sign off on their experience if they
decided they wanted to pursue their
license. I always wished I had taken the
time to get it earlier in my career. A
number of years ago, I started my own
engineering company and I was happy
I had my PE (one less thing to get in
place), and I’m now licensed in multiple
states where we do business. It has
served me well in a discipline where
it is not required. I feel it put me in an
elite group that wanted to take their
credential to the next level. I encourage
all young engineers to pursue their PE.
You never know how it will help you and
it will certainly never hurt you.
Charles Clerecuzio, P.E.
Tim Austin, 2015–16 National Society of Professional Engineering President
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Enjoying reading the current PE magazine.
Referring to the article on NY project manager convicted for falsifying
reports (March/April, p. 5): I worked with FEMA on several flood
insurance areas and after my report is submitted I have had no
additional contact with anyone so I do not know if the report was
changed or left as submitted. The article recommends increased
transparency, which I wholeheartedly agree.
Don Jessup, P.E.
Check Your Spelling
On page 7 of the March/April 2017 PE magazine, you have
misspelled Judith Resnik’s last name as “Resnick” in the photo caption
to your article “Wanted: NASA Mentors to Inspire Women to Pursue
Aerospace STEM Careers.” Very sloppy and disrespectful.
How do I know? Judy and I were close childhood friends, who went
through most of our school years together.
Your mistake is more common than it should be, and the only one I
found in what was otherwise a very nice and informative issue of your
magazine (normally flawless, as I read them cover to cover, generally).
Brent C. Sisler, P.E.
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Correction: The March/April article “Indiana Piping Bill Encroaches on
Engineering Expertise” (p. 5) incorrectly referred to Position Statement
1745. The number of this position statement on professional practice was
recently changed to 1778.