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From: Chuck Simmons
Organization: You jest.
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Subject: Re: Registered professional engineer?
References: <3D8CDE33.6040503@BOGUS.earthlink.net> <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2002 21:52:17 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2002 14:52:17 PDT
> On Sat, 21 Sep 2002 21:04:02 GMT, Jim Thompson
> >On Sat, 21 Sep 2002 20:58:37 GMT,
> >Chris Carlen ,
> >In Newsgroup: sci.electronics.design,
> >Article: <3D8CDE33.6040503@BOGUS.earthlink.net>,
> >Entitled: "Registered professional engineer?",
> >Wrote the following:
> >|Who needs to become this, as opposed to only having education and/or
> >|What is involved in becomming a RPI?
> >|Is it just a professional association that extracts dues from people in
> >|order to "bless" them?
> >Your last sentence is correct.
> >My registration inadvertently died when I moved and the P.O.
> >forwarding expired before the renewal time, so I didn't receive the
> >renewal notice.
> >Now the state wants me to *reapply* after having it for 30 years.
> >I'm debating whether to reapply or just forget it.
> Here's a related question. What benefit would a Computer Engineer get
> from it?
It's called PE in some states (mine included). It seems that it must be
totally unimportant for most work. I am not a PE and I consult. I even
interact with some of my client's customers (none in the US at present
but I did talk with US customers in the past). I was never asked about
whether or not I am a PE (I have a tiny reputation in my field so I
wasn't even asked about relevant qualifications).
There is an exam in my state for PE but I can't see any reason to bother
with it. Particularly after talking to some PEs and discovering that the
exam has nothing whatever to do with the sort of engineering I do which
is similar to what you ask about. There are some professional liability
issues involved but my consulting contract covers those quite
adequately. My client assumes liability risks. After all, he has the
I suppose I could throw some abbreviations after my name in a futile
attempt to impress. I don't think it works very well so I don't do it.
... The times have been,
That, when the brains were out,
the man would die. ... Macbeth
Chuck Simmons email@example.com
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