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From: "Peter O. Brackett"
Subject: Re: Registered professional engineer?
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 20:06:23 -0400
Organization: MindSpring Enterprises
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> At the time... it was important to me just to have it on my resume even
> though the benefits of the P.E. were not that apparent to me. My BS
> was in EE and I have worked basically as a software engineer in the
> field of medical research my entire career.
> Recently, I had to renew my certification and this inspired me to
> perhaps try and USE my P.E. to.... uh... do ... something.
> Any suggestions?
If you have to ask such a question then... [IMHO] you are not yet ready for
Perhaps, sadly [for those Professionals who care about such things]... you
[apparently like many others] have missed the whole point of the PE/P.Eng.
The PE/P.Eng. is not, and never was, intended to be an employment aid.
Of course one *could* add the designation to a resume, but really... why
would one want to put it on a resume? The use of a resume is to seek
employment from an employer not to advertise Engineering Services
to the lay public.
The PE/P.Eng. designation it is not intended to be used as a general
job qualification to work as an employee engineer/technician for
generic manufacturing or service companies.
Professional Registration is only of [legal] interest to the general public,
not to mos generic employers, and then only if and when the Professional
Engineer is in *public practice*, otherwise it is only of interest to an
extremely small group of employers which might require an engineering
employee to help then to offer Engineering services to the public.
It might be helpful to think of Professional Registration more in terms of
another well known [legal/public] registration/designation the "Notary
A very close analogy to the proper use of the PE/P.Eng. designation might
be the use of the registration of "Notary Public".
What did *you* believe to be the purpose of the PE when you first qualified?
Indialantic By-the-Sea, FL.
"Chris Carlen" wrote in message
> 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?
> Christopher R. Carlen
> Suse 7.3 Linux 2.4.10
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