Licensee was charged with violating Section 471.031(1)(c), Florida Statutes; having a license to practice engineer acted against by the licensing authority or another state, territory, or country, for any act that would constitute a violation of Chapter 471, Florida Statutes. Licensee’s Alabama Professional Engineer license was charged with signing and sealing engineering documents that did not meet acceptable structural engineering standards and were not issued under licensee’s adequate supervision and control. As a result, the State of Alabama imposed a three-month suspension of licensee’s Alabama Professional Engineer license, a fine of $1,800 and costs of $4,939.40. The actions of the Alabama Professional Engineering Board constitutes discipline of licensee’s Alabama professional engineering license for acts that would constitute violations of Chapter 471 if those actions had occurred in Florida. Licensee’s actions in Alabama constituted engineering practice that did not show due care in performing in an engineering capacity and failure to have due regarding to acceptable standards of engineering principles.
Ruling: The case was presented to the full Board upon a Settlement Stipulation. The Board imposed Administrative Costs of $2,226.20, a Reprimand, Appearance before the Board, completion of a Board-approved Basic Engineering Professionalism and Ethics Course, and the Board’s Study Guide. Licensee’s license will be placed on Voluntary Inactive Status. At such time that licensee wishes to resume practice in Florida, he will request an appearance before the Board. Following said Board Appearance, licensee will be subject to probation for two years with project review at six and 18 months. Final Order was issued on Aug. 14, 2018.
Violation: Section 471.031(1)(c), Florida Statutes