I marked a career milestone today. I applied to the Maryland Board for Professional Engineers for a “P.E. retired status” license. I’ve been a Professional Engineer in Maryland for a long time. But, new requirements for continuing education credits finally made the change desirable. Actually, I’m a little shocked Maryland didn’t institute continuing education long ago.
When I graduated Manhattan College in 1968, the P.E. for sanitary engineers was going out of favor. Much of our consulting work did not require, for example, signing plans or other activities which require a license. With the rise of the environmental movement, however, having “P.E.” after your name became a way of separating yourself from the “softer” sciences. Those 21-credit semesters were not easy, after all! (This was before I became acquainted with AWRA and gained a respect for multidisciplinary work.) So, I took the tests, got the credential, and proudly placed P.E. after my name for 37 years.
I still keep up with the science, of course. But I don’t really design anything, and I’m not sure it would be prudent for me to do so. It’s time.
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