Happy New Year from your Board. By the time you are reading this, 2020 will be in the rearview mirror, and speaking for myself, I am looking forward to overcoming the challenges of last year in the new.
The certification requirements for the Special Inspector of Threshold Buildings (SI) have gone through a rigorous rule-making process. Though the requirements for the SI certification were not changed, a new class of certification was introduced called SI (Limited).
As life goes on, virtual graduations are everywhere, and newly minted engineers are looking for real jobs. It is important for them to understand the pros and cons of career choices they make and how it affects professional growth. Though most engineers are aware of the four years of required experience for licensure, it appears they are generally not aware of what constitutes acceptable qualifying engineering experience for licensure.
NCEES has canceled the April 2020 PE exam as well as the zone meeting. The next FBPE board meeting in April will be a virtual one. It seems most of us have had to switch to working remotely and I am confident we can be up to the task. One possible benefit of being cooped up in the house, is being able to complete the required continuing education courses.
During a recent meeting, NCEES encouraged engineers to be more proactive in working to ensure licensure of engineers remains in place across the country.
There is a misunderstanding concerning the interpretation of two rules involving final engineering documents submitted to governments. I hope that this article will clear up the confusion and keep a professional engineer who is licensed in Florida and dealing with government entities from having a complaint filed against her or him.
I am very much looking forward to this year, while leaving 2018 behind and all the challenges I had last year. We have now entered a new year, 2019. All Professional Engineers licensed in Florida know what that means. Because it is an odd year, 2019 is a license renewal year. So, I thought it would be helpful to remind all Florida licensed engineers of some key components required as part of the license renewal process.
Not too long ago I brought up the Engineers’ Creed to a young engineer, to which he replied, “I didn’t know engineers had one.” I said we did and that it has had an influence on many engineers, myself included, as to how we practice engineering. His comment reminded me that I, too, was unaware there was an Engineers’ Creed as a young engineer until someone pointed it out to me.
From time to time, it is good to be reminded of the engineer’s responsibility to act in an ethical manner. As the next P.E. renewal cycle approaches, licensed engineers need to have taken one hour of ethics as part of the CEU requirement for license renewal in Florida.
I challenge all experienced engineers: Take time to mentor those young engineers in your company who are recent graduates. They will appreciate it, and it will be quite rewarding for both you as a mentor and your company through increased productivity.
The Florida Board of Professional Engineers celebrated a century of existence this past year. In my first order of business as the Board’s new Chair, I would like to thank the previous Chair, Anthony Fiorillo, for the outstanding job he did in leading FBPE through its 100th year.
It was an honor and a pleasure to serve as the 2017 Florida Board of Professional Engineers’ Chair. I enjoyed my time as Chair, but the distance from Northern Virginia and the demands of a booming economy, made it difficult to allocate sufficient time to serve the position diligently. Therefore, it is time for me to step aside and make way for the new Chair. Mr. Kenneth Todd is that guy!
Hurricane Irma pounded the state in September. The old adage says that hindsight is 20/20, so let’s take a look at a few lessons learned so that we can be better prepared for the next one.
Welcome to summer! We are already at the midpoint of the year. I can’t believe how fast this year is moving along! I suppose that means everyone is busy and having a great time! As I drive throughout the state, I see construction activity everywhere. …
Whew! Licensure and Certificates of Authorization renewals are complete! In total, 31,722 licenses and 4,564 Certificates of Authorization were renewed. Online license renewal opened on Nov. 7 and closed on Feb. 28. More than a third of the total renewals occurred within the final week of the deadline and approximately twice as many as were received in the first two months of the renewal period!
I have had the honor and pleasure of serving on the Florida Board of Professional Engineers with William C. Bracken, PE, SI, CFM since January 2012. During that time, I have grown to admire his diligence, tenacity, and sense of fairness in executing his duties as board member, vice chair, and chair. …
Babu Varghese, PE, SI, CGC, CCC
FBPE Chair (2020)
- In Service to Florida’s Licensees – October 2016
- FBPE Committee Updates – July 2016
- Two Months Left to Complete “Advanced” Florida Building Code Course CE Requirement – April 2016
- Chapter 23, F.A.C.Recent Updates at a Glance- January 2016
- Continuing Education Requirements – October 2015
- Thank You for Your Input & Assistance – July 2015
- FBPE Launches New Phases of Outreach Program – April 2015
- Thank You, Warren. – January 2015
- FBPE Rules Committee & Continuing Education – October 2014
- Engineers as Scientists – June 2014