The Importance of Continuing Education in Engineering

Why is it that continuing your education is so important in the Engineering industry? As an Engineer you have the added responsibility of obtaining continuing education credits in order to maintain your license. The purpose of continuing education for license renewal is that it should expand and improve your current engineering skills, as well as cultivate new and relevant engineering skills. An aspect that NJSPE is here to help you with. Visit https://bit.ly/3bU3lg5 to view all of the courses currently being offered. 

Engineering is an ever changing field. New technologies are populating the industry every day. This is why continuing education credits are so crucial to the engineering profession. Learning how to adapt to new technologies, developments, skills, and regulations within your field. The courses offered by NJSPE will allow you to stay current within the industry. Chances are you  would not trust a doctor who is unfamiliar with the newest advances in medicine. As an engineer, it is crucial to be aware of the ever changing landscape of your job.  Therefore continuing education credits are mandated across the board.

NEW JERSEY REQUIREMENTS

Every engineer is required to complete 24 personal development hours (PDH) every 2 years to renew their license. 

NEW JERSEY  ENGINEERING PDH CREDITS

Engineering licensing in New Jersey is managed by the State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (PELS), and they require that you earn 24 PDH credits every 2 years. A minimum of 2 PDH credits must come from ethics courses, but you cannot earn more than 8 hours in total. You can obtain your continuing education courses by taking online classes, and there is no limit to how many credits can be earned in this manner.

HOW CAN NJSPE HELP ME OBTAIN CE CREDITS?

Luckily for New Jersey engineers, we can provide most of your CE credits in just a few sessions. NJSPE offers its members discounts on webinars and courses.  As a member, you are also given access to the continuing education credits available through our national chapter.

Interested in becoming a member? Click here to get started.

 

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NJSPE Continuing Education Webinar

NJSPE Continuing Education Webinar is offering 3 PDH credits for NJ Professional Engineers and PE’s in other states that accept NJSPE accredited programs. 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2021!
9AM – 12:30 PM
NJSPE Member Rate – $69
Non-Member Rate – $138

 
The first course, held from 9:00 – 10:00 am, is titled “Digital Signatures & Seals – Know how to comply with the soon-to-be adopted rules at NJDEP on electronic submission of applications for Watershed and Land Management permits.” 
The course accreditation is 1.0 PDH credit NJ. 
Presentation to the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers
Participants will learn the difference between electronic and digital signatures. When digital signatures are appropriate and when they are not. What rules govern the use of digital signatures and options in implementing a digital signature environment.
 

The speaker for this course is James J. Purcell, PE, PMP Jim Purcell has over 40 years of engineering experience in civil engineering design. After 35 years in the consulting community, Jim is currently the Land Use Engineer for the Municipality of Princeton. Jim has also served The College of New Jersey as an Adjunct Professor. Jim serves on the New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, having been appointed in 2005, holding the
position of Board President twice. He held the position of President of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying in 2018-2019.
 
The second course, held from 10:15 – 11:15 am, is titled “Green Infrastructure (GI): Types, Benefits and Implementation Strategies
The course accreditation is 1.0 PDH credit NJ. 
Presentation to the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers
As more and more communities directly experience the negative impacts of climate change and frequent storms; engineers and municipalities are under increasing pressure to embrace greener and sustainable infrastructure for stormwater management. Green infrastructure refers to a set of integrated strategies to meet stormwater management goals in cost-effective ways as well as achieving multiple benefits by managing runoff with vegetation, soils, and/or reuse.

Very recently NJDEP has adopted Amendments its Stormwater management Rules that requires the use of Green Infrastructure with full effect starting March 2, 2021 to meet the three performance criteria for stormwater quantity, water quality and groundwater recharge. During the current pandemic, it is crucial that engineers; municipalities and utilities, plan and budget their GI projects to stay on track. While there are different scales of green infrastructure, such as large swaths of land set aside for preservation, this webinar focuses on a brief overview of green stormwater infrastructure practices within the urban context. The webinar includes potential environmental benefits, types and functions, implementation strategies, overcoming common installation barriers, and understanding the planning processes required to develop a comprehensive design and avoiding common mistakes during construction of green infrastructure.

 
The speaker for this course is Tejal A. Patel, PE, CME, LEED AP Tejal Patel – PE, CME, LEED-AP – is Group Manager at T&M Associates, a leading national consulting, environmental, engineering, technical services, and construction management company. She has over eighteen years of extensive public and private experience in management and design of transportation planning and infrastructure, traffic engineering, single- and multi-family development, and private site development.
 
The third course, held from 11:30 – 12:30 pm, is titled “Permeable Pavers – A Green Alternative
The course accreditation is 1.0 PDH credit NJ. 
Presentation to the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers
This seminar will analyze the goals and criteria for using a permeable pavement system. We will examine design different solutions for challenging site constraints and compare permeable concrete pavers to other traditional storm systems. You will learn how to utilize ASTM
andard C936 for evaluating permeable pavers and learn efficient installation procedures for permeable pavers. This seminar will examine LEED criteria for achieving potential credits for using concrete pavers, such as stormwater quality and quantity controls, solar reflectivity and
cycled materials.

 
The speaker for this course is  Eugene Fernandez, Commercial Territory Manager, Unilock New York, Inc. Eugene Fernandez of Unilock will be the presenter. After attending Rutgers University with a background in landscape architecture, Eugene spent years in California working on commercial, campus, and residential design projects. Currently, he is the commercial manager for New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.
You can register for this webinar here!
Participants registered for this webinar will be sent the Zoom  link several days beforehand allowing time to log on and make sure your software is compatible.
If you have any questions you may reach out directly: jlombardi@njpsi.com; 609-393-0099
Look forward to seeing you there!

Which Engineering Field is The Right Fit for you?

The contributions engineering has provided can be seen in almost all aspects of modern day life. From the car you drive to the cell phone in your pocket, engineering has played a part. The demand for continued engineering innovations makes it a great fit for a future career path. However, the fact that engineering is such a vast subject, can make it difficult to narrow down which specific engineering discipline is the right one for you. 

Below is a breakdown of four different branches of engineering and examples of attributes well suited for that field. 

Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineering focuses on the design, development, testing, and production of aircraft, spacecraft, and related systems. The field has traditionally focused on problems solving in areas related to atmospheric and space flight, with two primary branches: aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering.

“Aeronautical Engineering focuses on the theory, technology, and practice of flight within the earth’s atmosphere.

Astronautical Engineering focuses on the science and technology of spacecraft and launch vehicles.” As described by Penn States’ College of Engineering  

If you are interested in the history and mechanics of flight, then this type of engineering will be right up your ally. From the earliest conceptual sketches of modern jets to more modern computer simulations, you will get to see how aircrafts throughout history and into the future perform under varying conditions.

Biochemical engineering

A biochemical engineer is someone who is responsible for the development of new chemical products that can be used by a multitude of companies and industries. 

This discipline might be right for you if you have an interest in nature or a desire to work alongside scientists.

Computer Engineering

Computer engineers design and develop computer systems and other technological devices.

This is a great field for individuals who are excited by an environment fueled by change and innovation. Of course an interest in computers would also be beneficial.

Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including public works such as roads, bridges, canals, etc.

If you have an interest in developing your design skills and a passion for building this maybe the perfect branch of engineering for you.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is defined as “ an engineering branch that combines engineering physics and mathematics principles with materials science to design, analyze, manufacture, and maintain mechanical systems.”

As with most branches of engineering a knack for problem solving would serve you well in this field as well as a desire to tinker and design mechanical devices.

All in all if you have a desire to pursue a career in engineering the chances are there is a field or discipline that is right for you. The most important thing is to figure out what you are passionate about and what excites you and then field a field that allows you to explore that.

Online Engineering Resources

As we settle into 2021 we look forward to a time after the COVID pandemic. When a sense of normalcy will descend upon us and our daily routines will consist less of Zoom meetings and more of time spent with family and friends. However we are still living in the present and need to make the most out of our time in solitude. What better way than to boost your professional resume with a new learned engineering skill. Below you will find a list of online engineering educational resources for growing your skillset.

  1. First and foremost Do not miss out on opportunities to earn PDH credits! NJSPE offers both online and in-person courses to fulfill your requirements as a professional engineer. 
  2. MIT OpenCourseware: MIT president L. Rafael Reif said: “The simple, elegant, unprecedented idea that MIT should make all of its course materials available online to anyone in the world, free.” Thanks to OpenCourseware that idea is now a reality. You can study any course MIT has to offer using their course materials completely free. Learn more about what they offer here!
  3. Udemy.com is another great online resource offering thousands of courses in an array of subjects. The courses are affordable usually ranging between $10 to $20 and provide you with lifetime access. Take a look at their engineering-related courses here!
  4. Online Masters: If you are looking for a more formal education taking an online masters is a smart alternative. A popular engineering masters is in Engineering Management. This is a great way to begin down that path into a managerial role. Here is a great resource to learn more!
  5. Engineering for Change has a humanitarian goal of “ improving the quality of life of underserved communities worldwide through the design and delivery of technology-based solutions combined with building of local capacity.” On their website you can find both webinars and courses that will help you future your engineering knowledge. 

We hope you are able to take full advantage of these affordable educational engineering resources. As you continue to grow your engineering skills and professional resume. 

Preparing for the 2020 Virtual Professional Engineers Conference

Registration is open for this year’s professional engineers conference held from August 3 to August 7! To ensure the health and safety of all attendants and speakers, PECon will be presented virtually. Professional engineers will be able to earn PDHs as usual and will even be able to join networking roundtable discussions! Each day of the conference kicks off with a daily coffee talk session to connect with fellow professional engineers from across the country and to discuss the topics important to you.

This year there are three registration options available:

  1. Purchase an individual session. Buy a single session or two, each session gives you access to 1 PDH. $39 ($99 for non-members.)
  2. Purchase a track. Buy a full-day track, gives you access to 3 PDH sessions, networking morning “coffee talk” roundtables of your choice each day, and evening post-session discussions. $99 ($279 for non-members.)
  3. All-access. Gives you access to 15 PDH sessions, access to your choice networking morning “coffee talk” roundtables each day, and evening post-session discussions. $249 ($1,149 for non-members; Join now for $299 and receive member pricing.)

      * Student memberships gain FREE access to PECon

Each day features a different educational track:

  • Monday, August 3: Communications Skills for PEs
  • Tuesday, August 4: Public Works
  • Wednesday, August 5: Innovation
  • Thursday, August 6: Sustainability
  • Friday, August 7: Building & Leading Your Team

If you’re interested in a certain track but are unable to attend that day, don’t worry! A recording of the sessions will be available for viewing immediately following the conclusion of the session. For this reason, there are NO refunds.

Featured sessions:

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3 (PE Day!):

Day 4: 

Day 5:

Click here to register for the conference!

Take advantage of member rates by becoming an NJSPE member today.

Resources for Learning New Skills

Being stuck at home, many of us have a lot of extra time on our hands. Don’t let that time go to waste! We’ll likely never get time like this again, we might as well use it productively! If you’re in between jobs or fortunate enough to be working throughout quarantine, we suggest that you use this time to learn a new skill. The more you can add to your resume the better! Check out these online engineering educational resources for growing your skills:

1. Udemy

Udemy.com offers thousands of online courses teaching every subject under the sun. Yes, you can learn dog training and industrial robotics all in one place! The best part is the courses are usually between $10 to $20 and you’ll have lifetime access. Take a look at some popular engineering-related courses here.

2. edX

edX is similar to Udemy except their courses come from over a hundred different institutions and universities. You find courses on different subjects like computer science, language, data science, business and management, engineering, and more! Because these courses come from reputable institutions, the price point is higher. Most courses are a couple hundred dollars. However, you will receive a verified certificate, and some of the courses even fulfill actual certificate programs. Check out your course options here.

3. Coursera

Coursera is another platform that offers online courses, certificates, and degrees online from a variety of universities and companies. According to their website, 87 percent of people learning on Coursera report career benefits like getting a promotion, a raise, or starting a new career. See what you can learn on Coursera here

4. Future Learn

Future Learn offers an extensive selection of STEM-related courses. If you want to brush up on basic science or master more advanced topics like robotics and forensics, Future Learn is a great place to start. Again, these courses are coming from universities and institutions from all over the world so you can be sure you’re getting good material. Check out the STEM courses on Future Learn here.

Bonus: Continuing education opportunities

Don’t miss out on opportunities to earn PDH credits! NJSPE is always offering both online and in-person courses to fulfill your requirements as a professional engineer. The next event is a six-credit webinar on April 30! Register and see more continuing education courses here: https://bit.ly/2Ksvv3i 

We hope you take advantage of these affordable, engineering educational resources to grow your resume and see new opportunities come your way!

COVID-19 PE License Updates

As Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the country, updates have been made to this year’s professional engineering license renewal process. Due to the COVID-19 emergency, renewal applications and CEU’s have been extended until June 30, 2020.

The following is updated information for renewal:

  • Renewals were mailed to your address of record in February, 2020 and are not available online.
  • Licenses will remain active beginning April 1, 2020 for a two year period.
  • Renewal fee  –  $80.00
  • July 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020 Renewal Grace (Late) Period
  • Renewal fee  –  $80.00 + $50.00 late fee   =  $130.00
  • August 1, 2020  –  August 31, 2020  –  Reinstatement Period
  • Renewal fee  –  $80.00 + $125.00 Reinstatement Fee  =  $205.00

Application Deadlines

The date to submit the PE Application has changed from April 19, 2020 to May 11, 2020.
PE documentation has also changed from June 14,  2020 to July 6, 2020.

In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, we encourage you to communicate with the Department of Law and Public Safety via telephone, email, and other forms of remote communication should you have any questions about these renewal updates. 

Earning PDHs at home

All of NJSPE’s upcoming continuing education events have been postponed until further notice. We know that many of you were planning on attending these events to fulfill your remaining credits. While this COVID-19 process is changing day-to-day, you can still be proactive and earn CE credits from home! 

Professional Engineering Ethics 101
$35 for members / $50 for nonmembers
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Free CE Courses from NSPE
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Available Online Courses from NSPE
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A reminder to PEs

Regulations on digital signatures as well as practice “social distancing”
N.J. Admin. Code § 13:27-6.5
Section 13:27-6.5 – Digital signatures and seals

(a) A digital signature and seal shall possess the same weight, authority, and effect as a handwritten signature and pressure seal when the following criteria are met:

The digital signing and sealing process satisfies the requirements of the Digital Signature Standard (DSS) established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, FIPS PUB 186-4 (2013), which is incorporated herein by reference, as amended and supplemented.

. The digital signature and seal must be:

i. Unique to the licensee;

ii. Verifiable by a trusted third party or some other approved process as belonging to the licensee;

iii. Under the licensee’s direct and exclusive control;

iv. Linked to a document in such a manner that the digital signature and seal is invalidated if any data in the document is changed. Once the digital signature and seal are applied to the document, the document shall be available in read-only format if the document is to be digitally transmitted.

(b) A licensee who digitally signs and seals a document shall maintain a digital copy of the electronically transmitted document that has also been digitally signed and sealed for future verification purposes.

(c) The pictorial representation of the digital signature and seal shall be readily available to the Board upon request and shall be produced in a manner acceptable to the Board. It shall contain the same words and shall have substantially the same graphic appearance and size as when the image of the digitally transmitted document is viewed at the same size as the document in its original form.

(d) Licensees are responsible for the use of their private digital keys. A lost or compromised key shall not be used and the licensee shall cause a new key pair to be generated in accordance with the criteria set forth in (a) above. A licensee shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that a compromised key is invalidated, and shall inform all affected clients that the digital key has been compromised.

Keep an eye on our website and social media for more information regarding any changes due to COVID-19. 

Free CE Courses Just in Time for PE License Renewal

The professional engineering license renewal deadline is quickly approaching on April 30, 2020. If you’re still working on fulfilling your PDHs, have no fear! NSPE offers a select number of free CEs for members to enjoy from the comfort of their own home. Upon completion of the webinar, you must take a session quiz and score a 70 percent or higher to earn your credits. Each of these courses will earn you one professional development hour. Check out the featured free CEs below and have your NSPE membership login on hand to register for free!

Clients are from Venus, Consultants from Mars: A Guide to Effective Management of Consultants

This webinar will showcase the differences between the systems and workflows of clients and consultants so that they can better understand each other’s operating environment. This improved understanding will result in better communications and better mutual expectations.  

Learn more and register >>

How Engineers Create Added Value

This course will take a look at the value gap between engineering services and other professional services like attorneys, accountants, etc. Lecturer Mel Lester will explain the reasons why creating added value has become an issue for engineers and what you can do to creatively add value and deliver results.

Learn more and register >> 

Drones: The Sky’s the Limit

This webinar provides a high-level overview of how drones are being integrated into engineering and surveying projects. The course will also cover the workflow of a project and deliverables while highlighting the accuracies and limitations of drones. You’ll learn the best types of projects for the use of drones, how to weigh the pros and cons of using a drone on a project, and the FAA rules surrounding drone use for commercial applications

Learn more and register >>

Professional Engineer’s Role on Application of Artificial Intelligence and Technology

In a world of rapidly changing technology, professional engineers have to be Future Ready professionals and adapt to the new changes. This course describes the disruption professional engineers face and the patterns that are surfacing with the changes in technology. This course will cover some of the primary skills that professional engineers are finding most critical in their own work and the systems they are working with.

Learn more and register >> 

Winds of Changes – Electric Transmission

This course will focus on Xcel Energy – one of the fastest-growing, investor-owned utilities. Xcel Energy’s position as the industry leader in wind generation for over 12 years has impacted the way we plan and operate our transmission system. It will discuss renewable resources’ impact on the electric grid, review ways utilities are helping enable technology while keeping prices low and reliability high, look at policy changes facing the integration of renewable energy and identify best practices to engage the public on challenges with renewable energy.

Learn more and register >>

To see more of NSPE’s 15 free CEs, visit their website >>

See more upcoming CE events and paid courses with NJSPE here >>

The Best Resources for Continuing Education

As a professional engineer, you’re probably already aware of the continuing education requirements  to maintain your professional engineering license. Fulfilling your requirements is simple as long as you stay on top of upcoming opportunities and plan well so you’re not scrambling to get credits as your license renewal date gets closer. Over the years, we’ve written a lot about continuing education, so we’ve compiled all of our best resources to help you earn those CE credits!

Importance of Continuing Education for Professional Engineers

We know continuing education is important for maintaining your professional engineering license, but you can get so much more out of your continuing education sessions. An ever-changing industry like engineering means if you want to stay on top, you’re going to have to be up-to-date on industry trends. Not to mention, the more skills you have, the more valuable you are to potential employers.
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State-by-State Requirements for Continuing Education Credits for Professional Engineers

If you’re a professional engineer practicing in multiple states, you might have different requirements for continuing education and maintaining licensure. Check out our state-by-state list of requirements for continuing education credits for professional engineers. 
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Ways for Continuing Education Engineers to Earn Professional Development Hours

There are so many ways to earn PDHs! You might think it’s all conferences and full-day events, but there are ways you can fulfill your requirements without leaving your home or office. Learn more about all the ways you can earn your CE credits and which opportunities can complete the largest amount of your requirements.
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How to Earn PDHs in 2020

Have you made plans to participate in any continuing education opportunities in 2020? There are a handful of upcoming webinars and in-person events to be a part of and earn! See what’s coming up in February and March. Be sure to register before it’s too late.
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Have any questions about earning continuing education credits for professional engineers? Reach out to us on social media or send us a message to info@njspe.org!

How to Earn PDHs in 2020

As a professional engineer, there’s a certain number of professional development hours (PDHs) you must fulfill to maintain your license. Luckily, there are tons of continuing education opportunities for professional engineers, from in-person events to live webinars and online courses. Renew your professional engineering license in 2020 by planning out your next few courses:

February 5, 2020: Licensing for Profitability, Agility and Growth for Small and Mid-Sized Engineering Firms
1 PDH
This hour-long live webinar starts at 2:00 p.m. and provides tactics and resources to help small- and mid-sized firms manage licensing effectively to serve their business goals. 

Learn more and register today >>

March 18, 2020: Engineering Ethics – Disclosure, Payment, Expert Testimony and Conflicts of Interest
1 PDH
This live webinar will begin at 2:00 p.m. and will discuss engineering ethics principles and key ethical issues relating to disclosure, payment, expert testimony and conflicts of interest.

Learn more and register today >>

March 23, 2020: Common Mistakes in Design of Coastal & Marine Projects
8 PDHs
This in-person all day event will be held in Iselin, New Jersey. The classroom-seminar style lecture will discuss common mistakes in the design of coastal and marine projects. Throughout the day, attendees will discuss case studies of damages referring to underlying design mistakes. Examples of design tools and practical rules of thumb will also be discussed. 

Learn more and register today >>

Available anytime: Professional Engineering Ethics 101
2 PDHs
This two part online seminar is taught by Lawrence P. Powers, Esq. with the objective of exposing seminar participants to various engineering related professional and statutory codes of ethics.

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See more opportunities for engineering continuing education on NSPE’s website. You may even find some courses that are free for NSPE members!

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