Becoming A Licensed Professional Engineer

1674 Words Nov 9th, 2014 7 Pages

To become a licensed professional engineer (PE), states have enacted strict standards to ensure the publics safety. These standards define the required education, specified time working for a licensed Professional Engineer, and passing a state licensing exam. In addition to all these requirements, PE’s also have to fulfill strict continuing education requirements related to their chosen specialty (NSPE 2014). Even with these strict standards, mistakes happen. The question that has to be asked is, should the Engineer of Record be held responsible, to any degree, for injury or death to builders or bystanders that occurs during the construction of his/her design?

If an engineer has acted with due diligence during the design phase of a construction project, they should not hold any liability for the actions of another. Ultimately the responsibility belongs directly to that of the workers and construction contractors. This paper will show how proper design, and a moral responsibility to the public is enough within the engineering profession. Moreover, when accidents do happen on the jobsite the engineer of record cannot be used as the scapegoat.

The engineers responsibility through design

Engineers hold a unique role in the design of any project. They also hold a special trust within the public as they have specific knowledge and experience within their chosen specialty. However, there is one thing engineers are not; they are not construction experts.…
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