From: "Peter O. Brackett"
Subject: Re: Registered professional engineer?
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 18:41:52 -0400
Organization: MindSpring Enterprises
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Chris, Chuck et al:
> A friend of mine was a retired laboratory pathologist. He is licensed to
> practice medicine but when he came out of retirement, he launched into a
> full time year of catching up with practice as it is today. More than a
> license, that is the mark of a professional. Making sure that your
> knowledge is adequate to the task.
> ... The times have been,
> That, when the brains were out,
> the man would die. ... Macbeth
> Chuck Simmons email@example.com
The *mark* of a true Professional is far more than a registration.
As you pointed out, state licensure proves only that you can take tests
successfully and that you have served some time [As an Engineer it would
usually be some time as an EIT "Engineer in Training] as an apprentice to a
IMHO... a license from a State Board [be it Medical, Bar/Legal, or PE
association] is the *bare minimum* required by law to claim Professional
status, in practice any real Professional usually posseses *many*
qualifications above and beyond the bare minumum of a simple state board
My definintion of an Engineer is someone who knows what they don't know
about Engineering, and is not too proud to admit so, and to seek help when
they find themselves deficient. To trust anyone else is foolish.
Indialantic By-the-Sea, FL