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From: "John S. Dyson"
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Subject: Re: Advantages of IEE
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Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2002 15:03:47 -0500
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"Spehro Pefhany" wrote in message news:isMg9.email@example.com...
> The renowned Grahame Olney wrote:
> > P.E. is closer to "Pompous Engineer" since its a certificate only for
> > the sake of certification... It doesn't signify additional knowledge
> > only certifies that you know the same material your degrees certify.
> In many jurisdictions, additional knowledge in the form of courses in law
> and ethics are required, and have been for many years.
> A P.E. who repeatedly acts unethically or is quite incompetent will
> eventually lose his or her status. Degrees are never revoked, no matter
> how heinous the behavior of the recpient AFAIK.
> It is arguable that most software design and development is not "real"
> engineering, and professional licencing is not a strong requirement.
IMO, the PE designation is useful for showing the 'theoretical' ability to
be responsible for the design of public works or systems that might
have some association with safety. A PE would be useful for those
who practice the design of roadways, but perhaps not quite as useful
for architecture for a communications network. Perhaps PE competency
would be useful for the wiring issues, especially the construction needed
for communications across public right of ways.
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