§ 37.31. Eligibility for certification or licensure, or both.

 Before an applicant takes the examination for licensure as a professional engineer, the applicant shall satisfactorily complete the engineering fundamentals examination and become certified as an engineer-in-training. An applicant who is certified as an engineer-in-training shall remain certified without time limitation until the applicant becomes licensed as a professional engineer.

   (1)  Engineer-in-training. An applicant for certification as an engineer-in-training shall show satisfactory evidence to the Board of having met one of the following education or experience requirements:

     (i)   Education. Graduation from an approved engineering curriculum of 4 or more years, except that an engineering student who has completed 2 or more years of an approved program in engineering may take the engineering fundamentals examination. The student is not eligible for certification as an engineer-in-training until proof of graduation is provided to the Board.

     (ii)   Experience. Eight or more years of progressive experience in engineering work and knowledge, skill and education approximating that attained through graduation from an approved engineering curriculum.

   (2)  Professional engineer. An applicant for licensure as a professional engineer shall be certified as an engineer-in-training and show satisfactory evidence to the Board of having met one of the following experience requirements:

     (i)   Work experience. Four or more years of progressive experience in engineering work performed after the issuance of the engineer-in-training certificate. The experience shall be obtained by working under the supervision of a professional engineer or a similarly qualified engineer, and shall be of a grade and character to qualify the applicant to assume responsible charge of the work involved in the practice of engineering. Experience of short periods of duration; that is, 6 months or less, which is used to comprise the minimum requirements shall be supported by adequate references. The experience shall be in the major branch of engineering in which the applicant indicates proficiency. For sales, construction and similar nondesign experience to be acceptable, an applicant shall demonstrate conclusively to the Board that engineering principles and engineering knowledge were actually employed. The mere selection of data or equipment from a company catalog or a similar publication is not acceptable work experience. The mere execution as a contractor of work designed by a professional engineer, or the supervision of the construction of the work as a superintendent, or the operation or maintenance of machinery or equipment is not acceptable work experience.

     (ii)   Teaching experience. Four or more years of progressive teaching experience in an approved curriculum under the supervision of a professional engineer or similarly qualified engineer. The teaching experience shall be of a grade or character to qualify the applicant to assume responsible charge of the work involved in the practice of engineering.

Source

   The provisions of this §  37.31 adopted January 21, 1994, effective January 22, 1994, 24 Pa.B. 518.

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  37.32 (relating to references).



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