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Title: Engineers,%20Design,%20and%20Society

Engineers, Design, and Society
  • Presented by
  • Massachusetts Society of
  • Professional Engineers
  • 10 Post Office Square
  • 8th Floor South
  • Boston, Massachusetts, 02109
  • 617-692-2940

What Does an Engineer Do?
  • Designs some stuff.
  • Collects a paycheck.
  • Has a family.
  • Coaches baseball.
  • Retires one day.
  • Reads Dilbert comics.

What do they REALLY do?
  • In todays society, the engineer is integral to
  • If you are only oiling the wheels of progress,
    maintaining the status quo, you are a technician.
  • If you are thinking about how to make a better
    wheel, youre an engineer.
  • The difference between the engineer and the
    scientist is we apply the knowledge of the
    theoretical uncovered by the scientist.

How much stuff do I have to learn?
  • Actually, you never stop.
  • Once you get through college, many professions
    employ their own specialized formulas and
    applications that you need to learn to be useful.
  • A college degree tells employers that you are
    capable of learning and motivated enough to
    tackle difficult jobs.
  • You arent really useful for about 6 months to 2
    years once you begin your career.

If it is that difficult, why would anyone want to
be an Engineer?
  • To answer this lets look at some engineers who
    have made a difference
  • Edison
  • Bell
  • The Wright brothers
  • George Westinghouse
  • These men have changed the world and the way
    we live our lives.

How does Engineering compare to
  • Professional Engineer
  • Upholds a code of ethics.
  • Is involved with design issues.
  • Spends years studying.
  • The State gives them an engineers license if they
    can pass the FE/PE exams.
  • Can belong to an engineering society.
  • Can add PE to their name.
  • A Lawyer
  • Upholds a code of ethics.
  • Is involved with legal issues.
  • Spends years studying.
  • The State gives them a license to practice law if
    they pass the bar exam.
  • Can belong to a legal society.
  • Can add Esq. to their name.
  • A Doctor
  • Has a Hippocratic Oath.
  • Is involved with health issues.
  • Spends years studying.
  • The State gives them a medical license if they
    can pass their board exam.
  • Can belong to a medical society.
  • Can add MD to their name.

And the differences are
  • Doctors
  • Can work on charity cases
  • Open clinics in poor neighborhoods.
  • Have an effective input into public policy.
  • Lawyers
  • Can do work pro bono.
  • Open legal offices in poor neighborhoods.
  • Espouse arguments regarding public policy.

Engineers, on the other hand
  • Since there is not seen the same compelling
    social need on the part of the indigent for
    design services,
  • Engineers will work in other ways to have an
  • Spend years working on an idea on their own time.
  • Design ways and means to make life better for all
  • If the truth be known, the data needed to decide
    public policy was collected on a system designed
    by an engineer.
  • Volunteer on projects whose goals include
    implementing technology.

An Engineer has an obligation to
  • Stay current in their field.
  • Be aware of new developments.
  • The effects and possible applications of new
  • Share their knowledge.
  • Serve on civic committees that can benefit from
    their specialized knowledge.
  • Look for ways to apply their knowledge in new

What is your motivation to be an Engineer?
  • I like to figure out how things work.
  • Im intrigued by the computer.
  • Im pretty good at math.
  • I know an engineer and they seemed.
  • I have some ideas that might make a difference.
  • Id like to try working on something to make life
    easier or better for people.

Suppose I want to become an Engineer?
  • If you are in high school
  • Take every math and science course your school
  • If you are in college
  • Youll need to pick a major that will prepare you
    for a career in a field that best suits your

Career Choices
  • Here is a partial list
  • chemical, civil, environmental, electrical,
    mechanical, structural, agricultural,
    aeronautical/aerospace, fire protection,
    manufacturing, industrial, nuclear, petroleum and
  • If you are not sure, just major in general
  • Once you graduate then you can think about

How do I become a Professional Engineer?
  • Its a two phase process involving education and
    experience. Each State has slightly different
    rules so check locally.
  • If you have graduated (or are about to) from an
    undergraduate engineering program (or related
    sciences) at an ABET accredited college, your
    submission of a transcript enables you to take
    the FE exam.
  • The experience is a reprisal with documentation
    and supervisor verification of your engineering
    work record for a minimum four-year period after
    the FE exam and before taking the Professional
    Engineers exam.

Becoming a Professional Engineer
  • Register with the local registration board (or
    examination service) and complete an application.
  • Take and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering
    Exam (FE), an 8 hour test on general engineering
  • A recommended step is to next join your local
    State Society of Professional Engineers.
  • Obtain 4 years of on-the-job training as an
  • Take and pass the Professional Engineers exam, a
    second 8 hour exam geared to your specific field.

First Steps
  • Here in Massachusetts for application processing,
    examination administration and score reporting of
    the engineering and land surveying examinations
  • Professional Credential Services, Inc. (PCS) at
  • 1-877-ENG-EXAM or
  • Engineering Examination Services, a division of
    PCS, coordinates the examinations.

Important Dates
  • Examination dates
  • October and April with applications due by March
    1st for the October exam and May 1st for the
    April exam.
  • The first time examination fee for either exam is

The Board of Professional Registration
  • PCS lets the Registration Board know you are
    eligible to take the exam, administers the exam,
    then notifies the Board if you passed the exam
    and the Board authorizes you the issuance of your
  • Division of Professional Licensure1000
    Washington Street, Suite 710Boston,
    Massachusetts 02118Phone (617)727-9957 Fax
  • http//

  • No one can say for sure what the future will
    bring nor what your contribution to the shape of
    that future will be.
  • Why limit yourself to a short-sighted vision when
    you can aim for the stars.
  • Would you rather be the bug or the windshield?

More Information
  • Visit the National Society of Professional
    Engineers at
  • Aptitude tests can help you decide on a career
    goal. Visit your local high school guidance
    counselor or
  • Take some time, go sit under an apple tree and do
    a self-assessment of your lifeyou know where you
    are at, the question is where do you want to go?
  • Once thats finished, prioritize the list so you
    tackle the goals in order of their importance. A
    long range goal will involve many preparatory
    steps and a variety of paths. Enjoy!

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