November 2017 Print

President's Report

 Ovidiu Muresan

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Our next meeting will be November 28th, 2017.  I hope to see you there.

Registration for the product show is open, so please go ahead and register to ensure you’ve secured a place. The layout map will be updated as people start registering.

For next year’s National ASPE Convention, our committee is working hard. We have secured a great location for the Golf Outing. The date will be October 3rd , 2018 at Stone Mountain.  Details on time will be revealed as we get closer to the event.

If you haven’t registered yet, please go to our website http://aspe-atl.com and join as a member. You will receive an email from corressec@aspe-atl.com once you’ve registered. So let us know if you don’t receive the email.  You’d be surprised, but this happens on occasion.  Most of the time the email is just captured in the spam account. 

The Board is continuing its program to incentivize young professional to join ASPE. If you’re a young professional or plumbing engineer that would like to join ASPE, please let me know and we will help you.

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions at ovidiu.muresan@hdrinc.com.

Please, email me directly with any questions and/or suggestions. If your topics become hot items, then we will discuss them in an open forum at our monthly meetings.

Thanks,

Ovi Muresan CPD, LEED AP

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VP Technical Report

 Dennis M Connelly

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VP Membership Report

 JOSH LOWE

Good day everyone!

The path to professional licensure in our industry is a difficult one that’s riddled with challenges. One must graduate with (at a minimum) a Bachelor of Science degree from an Accreditation Board for Engineering Technologies (ABET)- accredited program of study. The candidate must then display their knowledge by passing the Fundamentals of Engineering examination (developed by the National Council of Examination for Engineers and Surveyors [NCEES] and administered by the various State Boards of Registration/Licensure). Then, after acquiring the requisite experience under the direct supervision of a licensed Professional Engineer, the individual may sit for the Principles and Practices (PP) examination. Successfully passing the PP exam confers the title of "Professional Engineer" to the candidate. Making the process that much more difficult is the Mechanical Engineering PP exam.  There are options for HVAC, Machine Design, and Fluid and Heat Transfer. But can you believe that there is NO option for our chosen discipline?! 

Plumbing is a discipline that has certainly achieved a complexity of its own. As such, the Society is attempting to rectify the situation. Under its auspices, the Plumbing Engineer Working Group (WG, for short) has been created and tasked with obtaining the placement of a Plumbing OPTION within the NCEES PP exam. The basic idea is that by having a Plumbing OPTION placed within the PP exam, a verifiable means of measuring the technical competency of those individuals the affix a seal and signature to Plumbing Contract Documents will be provided. Note that the WG is seeking only to make Plumbing an option and NOT a stand-alone discipline.  Currently there is no support for this from the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE, who is lending their support to ASPE's efforts).  The Society does not want to place any undue burdens or restrictions on the practice of existing Professional Engineers (PEs) or engineering concerns. As long as current PEs have demonstrated an established competency of the discipline to their peers, they WILL continue to be allowed to affix their seal and signature to Contract Documents. It should also be noted that, whether by rumor or misinformation, the CPD is not, nor was it ever intended to serve as, a short-cut to professional licensure. While it is a measure of an individual's basic competency of the discipline, CPD holders are not permitted to refer to or present themselves as "engineers”.  This includes possession of the right to perform any act that may be governed by the rules and regulations of any State/Provincial Board of Registration. In order for the initiative to become a reality, it will be necessary for a minimum of ten State Boards to indicate their support to the NCEES.

This is where you can help!! The Society is requesting that all PEs and Engineering Interns (EIs) formally write ALL State Boards they are engaged with.  If you would request their support and inform the NCEES of the same, that would catalyst the momentum we need to make this option a reality for future plumbing professionals. While ten is the minimum number, the more states that are on board with our initiative, the greater the chance for success.  To date, Ohio, Arizona and Georgia have indicated their support and have formally informed the NCEES of same. The WG is aware of work proceeding, with various levels of progress, in Alabama, California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

It’s important to note that many PEs hold registrations in multiple states, which makes their contacting those Boards of Registration imperative to this initiative. As interested members of the public and for the sake of future PE/EIs in our industry, please contact your State Board and let your voice be heard. Success with this effort will be a marathon, not a sprint. But through the dedication and support of the Society and its members, professional registration in our chosen discipline can become a reality. Let’s come together on this effort not just for professional development, but also for the enhanced protection of public health, safety and welfare.

If you are interested in learning more, becoming a part of the process, or if you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Scott Steindler at smsteindler@gmail.com.

Josh Lowe, SE

VP Mempership

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VP Education Report

 julie hadfield

The scholarship deadline has past and the board is busy going through the applications to determine the most qualified applicant. We will be announcing the winner soon. The scholarship is offered each year, so if you know anyone graduating or in college next year encourage them to apply.

 Keep an eye out for information in the next couple months about a review course for the CPD exam. The next exam date is April 5 and 6, 2018 with registration opening in a couple weeks on December 1, 2017.

 We are also thinking about doing a presentation for elementary and high school students for National Engineering Week in February. If you are interest in helping organize or making a presentation, please let me know.

Julie Hadfield, Plumbing Designer

VP Education

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