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From: Roy McCammon
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Subject: Re: Registered professional engineer?
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Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 17:22:00 GMT
Chris Carlen wrote:
> Who needs to become this, as opposed to only having education and/or
I am one. I used it only once to win a fight against the
forces of darkness ("... in my opinion as a PE that product
is unsafe to ship in that condition...). I won the fight but
had to spend the next year as dead person.
> What is involved in becomming a RPI?
In Texas, 8 years of experience and a test. BS counts as 4 years.
MS counts as another 2 years. The test is a test of breadth
rather than depth. My test had a morning and afternoon session.
In each session I had to do 5 problem sets in 4 areas of
engineering. I did 2 in electrical engineering and one each
in statics, dynamics and economics. My spin on it is that
in order to pass, you need to know what you cannot do and choose
accordingly. (The public has little to fear from engineers who
are working in their area of competence.).
> Is it just a professional association that extracts dues from people in
> order to "bless" them?
more or less, but they occasionally do something important.
Consider the Texas A&M bond fire tragedy. It takes something
like the State Board of Engineering to take on the Board of
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