Professional engineers are often looking for ways to increase their professional knowledge within the industry. With technology becoming more and more integrated into the profession, there are ways to learn more and increase your status as an engineer. The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), a division of the National Society of Professional Engineers, promotes excellence in engineering technologies via certification services. Each of NICET’s nationally recognized certification programs are designed by industry experts and practitioners to ensure a qualified workforce. Certification levels lay out a career path for advancement from entry to senior-level responsibilities.
This year, a new certification program is being offered under the Electrical and Mechanical Systems Engineering Technology category!
NICET in cooperation with the Safer Buildings Coalition is developing a new engineering technician certification program for IB-ERCES. Emergency Responder Radio Communication Systems (ERRCS) is set to go live in 2020. The new program comes as a response to the need for qualified individuals to design, install, test, inspect, and maintain in-building radio communication systems. Looking at the success of credentialing programs for fire sprinklers and fire alarms, a program for in-building communication systems just made sense. This credentialing will make a difference to building owners, code officials, and the industry that provides these systems. A credentialing program like this will ensure that the systems are safe, effective, and compliant to regulatory requirements.
In the program’s inception, a group of industry leaders and practitioners met to establish the general framework for the certification program. It is currently comprised of three levels for inspection, testing, and maintenance, and one level for design. Now the program creators are asking for the industry’s help to validate the knowledge and skills needed to be considered minimally competent for the program. If you have any experience with IB-ERCES, please participate in these surveys:
During these coronavirus times, you may think it’s next to impossible to find a new job. On the contrary, there are companies all across the country that are still searching for new employees! With resources like the NJSPE job board and professional connections with other members of NJSPE, getting a New Jersey engineering job might be easier than you think. Check out these new opportunities:
National Forensic Consultants
Seeking Civil/Structural Engineers to provide investigation, analysis, reports, and testimony where technical and scientific answers are needed to help resolve both civil litigation and non-litigation matters.
ACTIVE DESIGN GROUP (ADG)
An established Structural Engineering and Design firm located in the NYC Metropolitan area (Newark, NJ) is presently looking for entry-level and mid-level Structural Engineers. Job duties include performing structural analysis and design/details of building structures and acting as a Project Engineer on various projects.
M&Z Engineering Associates, P.C.
Monmouth Junction, NJ
Job duties include: managing structural and civil engineering projects; managing project design and construction plans and facilitate license and permit approvals from the relevant city, county, and state agencies; preparing project fee estimates, specifications, budgets, schedules, and invoices; managing project budgets and schedules; communicating with clients and other project stakeholders to ensure consistency and ongoing approval of project plan; approving changes to structural and civil components of the plan; providing ongoing quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) during the project duration and resolve engineering concerns raised by civil and structural engineers; ensuring designs properly accommodate power engineering specifications and requirements.
Atlantic City, NJ
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is offering post-Master’s and post-Doctoral fellowships for their Visiting Scientist Program cohort at the Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL). You will join a cohort of post-graduates in a new endeavor in threat detection technology and applied research, specifically related to synthetic data generation, testing and evaluation. The need to develop synthetic methods to test new Deep Learning algorithms is paramount and the proposed research is new and cutting edge.
New Jersey Department of Transportation
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is seeking currently enrolled college students who are completing their junior year and are interested in exploring a career in the field of Transportation. The NJDOT plans, designs, builds and maintains New Jersey’s transportation infrastructure with the goal of improving the roadway travel experiences of the motoring public. These temporary summer hourly positions are available in multiple career disciplines.
Stay up to date with the most recent New Jersey engineering jobs as they are added to the job board. You can create a job alert that will email you when new opportunities become available! Check out NJSPE’s job board.
This week, Governor Murphy announced the plan to develop the New Jersey Wind Port. The 200+ acre structure would be a “first-in-the-nation infrastructure investment” and mark New Jersey as the national capital of offshore wind. This new project would provide a location for essential staging, assembly, and manufacturing activities related to offshore wind projects on the East Coast.
Check out nj.gov/windport/ to learn more about the project.
Get a jump start on your PDH earnings! Join us for a webinar on June 30 offering up to 4 PDHs to New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania professional engineers! The deadline to register is June 27. Learn more.
Many facets of our lives have been moved online; work, school, and our continuing education events. Our last virtual conference on April 30th was a huge success! NJSPE members and professional engineer licensees were able to earn the same amount of PDH credits, from the comfort of their own home, as they would have if they attended an in-person event! In the spirit of safety and health, we will be offering another opportunity for continuing education for engineers on June 30th from 8:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. This continuing education event will be presented via Zoom. The deadline to register is June 27th at 5:00 p.m.! During this webinar, you can earn up to four PDH credits! These PDHs will count for New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania engineers.
The good news is that if you’ve already completed your ethics requirements, you have the option to purchase access to just the morning session!
Construction Quality Assurance and Construction Engineering and Inspection Services for the Goethals Bridge Replacement
The Goethals Bridge Replacement Project required innovations in monitoring permitting, quality assurance (QA), resource tracking, and Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI) scheduling. KSE performed Construction QA and CEI Services, and developed testing procedures for construction materials. Document control procedures ensured that current documents were available and obsolete documents were identified/removed. Controlled Inspection checklists ascertained that design and construction requirements for work elements were fully documented before acceptance. Nonconformance and Daily Work Reports documented project quality. The CEI services were iteratively reviewed/ improved, allowing the development of innovative practices to manage large, complex projects. These practices can be applied to other projects.
Ethics for Professional Engineers
“Engineering is an important and learned profession. As members of this profession, engineers are expected to exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Engineering has a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all people. Accordingly, the services provided by engineers require honesty, impartiality, fairness, and equity, and must be dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare. Engineers must perform under a standard of professional behavior that requires adherence to the highest principles of ethical conduct.” NSPE Code of Ethics Preamble. The presentation will provide an overview of the need for ethics in professional engineering; what the NSPE Code of Ethics, through the Fundamental Canons, Rules of Practice, and Professional Obligations, requires of professional engineers; and what steps can be taken to practice ethical decision making. This will be compared to legal obligations as promulgated in New Jersey regulations, with a comparison to the NCEES Model Rules. Discussion of some example cases from the NSPE Board of Ethical Review will be included.
Make sure you register before the June 27th deadline! Click here to register now.
This week, Executive Order 142 was put into action allowing the resumption of all construction projects that were previously considered “nonessential” in past Executive Order 122. This has been a big step in the Governor’s plan: The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health.
All New Jersey construction projects are permitted to resume subject to the conditions as follows:
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At his press briefing this afternoon, Governor Murphy announced that he will sign an Executive Order allowing some outdoor businesses to restart, including batting cages and golf ranges, shooting and archery ranges, horseback riding, private tennis clubs, and community gardens, and golfers may now play in foursomes.
The Governor also discussed his three-phase plan for reopening New Jersey’s economy. Phase One, the phase we are currently in, relaxed restriction on low-risk activities if properly safeguarded. This phase loosened restrictions on many outdoor activities and permitted the resumption of elective surgeries. Phase Two will loosen safeguards on a number of additional activities that can be easily safeguarded including expanded retail, outdoor dining, indoor dining at significantly reduced capacity, limited personal care, and the potential opening of libraries and museums. Phase Three allows for most activities to resume with significant safeguarding including expanded dining, critical in-office work, limited entertainment, expanded personal care, and bars with limited capacity.
The Governor made clear that social distancing, use of masks, and work from home orders continue to remain in place. The Governor did not provide a timetable for entering into Stages Two and Three but in answer to a question indicated that Phase Two is likely “a few weeks away assuming we continue to make meaningful progress.”
Engineers are responsible for thinking up, designing, and creating ways to make the world more efficient. Due to the nature of an engineer’s work and the effect it has on the population, the government plays a large role in regulating the way the industry operates, not just in passing engineering legislation but in making it possible for engineers to acquire licenses and continue their education.
Government is involved in many facets of engineering, including:
By working with the government in all these areas, engineers can operate efficiently and effectively and keep improving the way the world operates. To stay up-to-date about current and upcoming legislation that affects engineers, visit https://njspe.org/gov/.
COVID-19 has made for some uncertain times. Beyond the spread of sickness, coronavirus has impacted every industry in multiple ways. Finances have been impacted along with the workforce, productivity, supply chains, cybersecurity risks, fraud risks, and more. So what does this mean for the engineering industry and what has been the overall impact so far?
At the beginning of April, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy released Executive Order 122 which halted all “non-essential” construction in the state. Exceptions to this include projects at hospitals and schools, in transportation and utility sectors, for online or “essential” retail businesses, those contracted by federal, state or local government or under a federal deadline, affordable housing, and data centers. For all of the retail, commercial, and major residential projects that are getting put on hold, the industry is seeing a significant economic impact.
The industry impact of COVID-19 reached the United States before the virus itself. Back in February, before coronavirus spread in the US, China was suffering from the pandemic. In turn, global supply chains were affected. About 40 to 50 percent of the world’s production is in China. When factories started to close their doors, the whole world felt the impact. Immediate impacts were felt at the subcontractor middle market of the industry when many construction sites halted or canceled operations.
Long term impact may be seen by engineering and construction companies that serve energy and chemical companies. Oil prices are plummeting so many core energy companies are seeing an immediate impact on their revenue. Those companies that serve these markets are projected to see a longer-term impact on overall revenue.
The future of engineering and the industry as a whole seems unclear now, but we’re all in this together! NJSPE will keep you updated with the most important information. To receive real-time industry updates, become a member of NJSPE! Check out our different types of membership and consider joining today.
During these crazy COVID-19 times many of us have the difficult task of working from home and homeschooling your kids. While we’re stuck at home, there’s are easy and fun ways to keep your child’s STEM learning going with activities that you can do together! We’ll suggest a variety of STEM learning activities to do based on age and ability.
1. Nature hunt
Going on a nature hunt can be fun for all ages and is super easy to change the difficulty level. Not to mention, you and your child will get some much needed fresh air after being cooped up in the house! Have your child identify plants/flowers/birds/whatever you want. Before beginning, go online and look up regional plants/flowers/birds that are likely around your home and neighborhood. You can make a checklist with pictures or just have some fun going on a walk and writing down what you find.
2. Weekly coding activities
These coding activities are mostly meant for the middle school level and up. vidcode offers hour-long challenges. At the end of each, your child will have made something awesome! Things like design your own typeface and map your neighborhood are a few examples of projects offered on their website.
3. Coding for 5 to 7 year-olds
It’s never too early to get your child started with fun coding activities! ScratchJr is a great opportunity for 5 to 7 year-olds to be introduced to coding concepts in a way that’s fun and they understand.
4. Spaghetti challenge
An easy and fun activity for a rainy day is testing how strong spaghetti is. All you need is a box of spaghetti and other household items to test its strength with like books, blocks, etc. Try out a spaghetti bridge by laying spaghetti across two books/blocks/etc. See how much weight you can add to the spaghetti bridge before it breaks.
5. Easy science experiments
We all remember those fun and simple science experiments from school. Now it’s time to recreate those at home (don’t worry, there’s no fire involved)! Check out these ten science experiments that you can do with just the things laying around your home.
While the reason for being stuck at home is not ideal, it’s important to make the most of the extra time we have at home with our kids. We encourage you to experiment, learn new things, and make some positive memories from this strange experience. Let us know how it goes! Show us your activities @njspeorg on Instagram and @NSPENewJersey on Twitter.
During the coronavirus pandemic, just about every industry has taken a hit. Many companies have laid off employees leaving hundreds of thousands of Americans wondering what the next step will be. With no set expiration date on this pandemic, it’s important to be as productive as you can during this time. If you’ve been laid off, are between jobs, or are just about to graduate with an engineering degree, these tips are for you.
Most companies are moving to remote work to comply with federal and state guidelines and it’s undoubtedly a big switch. This can take some time for a company to adjust and they might not be hiring right away, but don’t assume that you shouldn’t continue to send out resumes. If companies aren’t hiring now, they will be eventually. If you keep applying, your resume will be on file for the next time they need someone new. Be aware that available positions might disappear from the web for the time being. During a transition period like this, companies may be putting job openings on hold for a few weeks but they are likely to return!
If you’ve had your eye set on a certain company or position but they’re not hiring right now, you have two options. You can put your job search on hold if you’re in a position to do that or you can find a job elsewhere so you can start generating some income. During an uncertain time like this, you don’t need to be looking for your dream engineering job. There are a handful of industries that still need help during coronavirus. Anything in the medical or medical supply industry is likely going to need help. It’s worth a quick Google search of different industries to see who’s hiring.
You shouldn’t give up on networking and building relationships just because you can’t meet someone in person! Get creative and take to the internet. Linkedin continues to be one of the best online resources for connecting people and building professional relationships. With all this free time on your hands, try to get on Linkedin and interact with people or companies for at least ten minutes a day.
If you had a networking event or conference in your calendar, it’s likely been canceled. However, it could’ve been moved to a virtual platform! Check and see if your event has been moved online and afterward reach out to the organizers/speakers to continue the professional relationship.
We don’t mean to bug the hiring manager by repeatedly asking about the status of your application. After applying for a job, check in with the hiring manager by email to see where the company is at with future hiring in light of the pandemic. That being said, it’s important to acknowledge that the company may be scrambling during the transition from office to remote work. In your email, acknowledge that you know this isn’t an easy time for companies but you’re here to help whenever the company is ready to hire again. This thoughtful approach can connect with someone on a human level and could keep your name at the front of the application pile.
The free time you have can be used in smart ways! You can perfect your resume or grow your skills to add even more to your resume. There are tons of online resources for learning new skills, earning certificates, or, if you’re already a professional engineer, earning continuing education credits! See what skills you can perfect with an online course. NJSPE offers continuing education courses here.
It’s also a great time to think about what you really want to do next. Think about where you want to work and the type of role and title you’re looking for. You can think beyond the pandemic by determining where you want to be in the next five or ten years. If you create a goal now, you’ll be able to map out the path to achieving it!
Finding a New Jersey engineering job during a global pandemic may not be the easiest thing, but it’s not impossible. Keep up your search and don’t give up! If you use this time in a productive way, you’ll be able to get your hands on more opportunities later.