Check Out the New NICET Certification Program Coming Soon!

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!

In-Building Emergency Responder Communication Enhancement Systems (IB-ERCES)

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:

Learn more about the program in NICET’s press release.

New Jersey Engineering Jobs Available Now

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:

Independent Forensic Civil/Structural Engineer

National Forensic Consultants
Newton, NJ

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.

Requirements Overview:

  • Must be a licensed PE in the state they reside in. Other state licenses are a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an accredited university
  • Minimum 6+ years of work related Civil/Structural Engineering experience required

Learn more and apply now >> 

Entry-Level and Mid-Level Structural Engineers

ACTIVE DESIGN GROUP (ADG)
Newark, NJ

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. 

Requirements Overview:

  • Masters degree in Civil Engineering with Structural Emphasis.
  • Strong computer skills; excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience in steel and concrete is a plus.

Learn more and apply now >>

Senior Project Manager

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.

Requirements Overview:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or foreign equivalent) in Engineering, Civil Engineering or Electrical Engineering with four years of experience in the job offered as a Project Manager
  • Any suitable combination of education, training, or work experience consistent with the offered position will be accepted
  • Position requires periodic visits to unanticipated project sites

Learn more and apply today >> 

Post-Graduate Research Scientists in Threat Detection Technology

ORAU
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.

Requirements Overview:

  • Have received or expect to complete all requirements for a Master’s or Doctoral degree by the anticipated start date. Applicants currently pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree must provide proof of completion of all degree requirements before the fellowship start date.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen

Learn more and apply now >>

Summer Employment Program: Engineer

New Jersey Department of Transportation
Trenton, NJ

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.

Requirements Overview:

  • A third-year student pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering. Students pursuing degrees in Mechanical or Electrical fields may apply and will be considered, but preference will be given to students pursuing Civil degrees
  • Must possess a Driver’s License valid in New Jersey
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (specifically Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint)

Learn more and apply now >>

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.

New Jersey Wind Port Project Overview

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. 

Here’s a quick overview of what you need to know about the New Jersey Wind Port project:

  • The Wind Port will be located in Lower Alloways Creek Township on an artificial island on the eastern shores of the Delaware River.
  • The project is estimated to cost $300-400 million to build. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is leading the development and is currently considering a range of public, private, and public-private partnership financing options. 
  • Construction is planned for 2021 in two phases: Phase 1 develops a 30-acre site to accommodate marshalling activities and a 25-acre component manufacturing site. Phase 2 adds another 150+ acres to accommodate expanded marshalling activities and extensive manufacturing facilities for turbine components like blades and nacelles.
  • The Wind Port has the potential to create up to 1,500 jobs for workers in industries like construction, manufacturing, port operations, and engineering.
  • New Jersey has committed to using union labor to build the port.
  • New Jersey is setting a new standard for equitable access to opportunity and inclusion of minority and women workers. Most jobs at the port will not require a four-year college degree. The WIND Institute will serve as a center for education, research, innovation, and workforce training related to the development of offshore wind in New Jersey.
  • The project compliments New Jersey’s current plan to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050. New Jersey has committed to producing 7,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2035.
  • There is a need for new port facilities designed specifically for the offshore wind industry’s unique needs. Most existing port infrastructure along the East Coast is unable to fully accommodate the work that is involved in offshore wind development.
  • This project will provide a major economic boost to Salem County in South Jersey as well as the state economy as a whole. 

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.

Earn 4 PDH Credits from the Comfort of Your Own Home

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 webinar will feature 2 sessions: 

  • Morning session: Construction Quality Assurance and Construction Engineering and Inspection Services for the Goethals Bridge Replacement (2 PDH)
  • Afternoon session: Ethics for Professional Engineers (2 PDH) 

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!

The prices for members and nonmembers are as follows:

  • NJSPE Member Rate – 2 classes: $145
  • NJSPE Member Rate – 1 class: $80
  • Non-Member Rate – 2 classes: $195
  • Non-Member Rate – 1 class: $110

Session information:

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.

Policies and Guidelines for the Resumption of Nonessential Construction in New Jersey

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:

  • Prohibit nonessential visitors from entering the worksite
  • Engage in appropriate social distancing measures when picking up or delivering equipment or materials
  • Limit worksite meetings, inductions, and workgroups to groups of fewer than ten individuals
  • Require individuals to maintain six feet or more distance between them wherever possible
  • Stagger work start and stop times where practicable to limit the number of individuals entering and leaving the worksite concurrently
  • Identify congested and “high-risk areas,” including but not limited to lunchrooms, breakrooms, portable restrooms, and elevators, and limit the number of individuals at those sites concurrently where practicable
  • Stagger lunch breaks and work times where practicable to enable operations to safely continue while utilizing the least number of individuals possible at the site
  • Require workers and visitors to wear cloth face coverings, in accordance with CDC recommendations, while on the premises, except where doing so would inhibit the individual’s health or the individual is under two years of age, and require workers to wear gloves while on the premises. Businesses must provide, at their expense, face coverings and gloves for their employees. If a visitor refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons and if such covering cannot be provided to the individual by the business at the point of entry, then the business must decline entry to the individual. Nothing in the stated policy should prevent workers or visitors from wearing a surgical-grade mask or other more protective face covering if the individual is already in possession of such equipment, or if the business is otherwise required to provide such worker with more protective equipment due to the nature of the work involved. Where an individual declines to wear a face-covering on the premises due to a medical condition that inhibits such usage, neither the business nor its staff shall require the individual to produce medical documentation verifying the stated condition
  • Require infection control practices, such as regular hand washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette, and proper tissue usage and disposal
  • Limit sharing of tools, equipment, and machinery
  • Where running water is not available, provide portable washing stations with soap and/or alcohol-based hand sanitizers that have greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol
  • Require frequent sanitization of high-touch areas like restrooms, breakrooms, equipment, and machinery
  • When the worksite is an occupied residence, require workers to sanitize work areas and keep a distance of at least six feet from the occupants
  • Place conspicuous signage at entrances and throughout the worksite detailing the above mandates

Stay up to date with NJSPE! Join NJSPE for the most recent updates affecting our industry. Learn more about membership: https://bit.ly/2AMpqgK 

 

Governor Murphy Unveils Multi-Stage Approach to Execute a Responsible and Strategic Restart of New Jersey’s Economy

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.”

Attached is an outline of the Governor’s reopening plan.

Click here to download the press release.

The Role of Government in Engineering

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: 

  • Safety – Engineers create hundreds of infrastructures, buildings, and consumer products that touch the lives of people every second. To ensure everything is built safely, there are laws and regulations in place. These laws touch on everything from types of energy and environmental protection to liability and risk management. Professional organizations, such as NJSPE and NSPE, monitor these pieces of legislation to make sure the best interests of engineers are represented.
  • Ethics – Since engineers have a direct impact on the population’s quality of life, they must abide by a code of ethics. The code encompasses the fundamental canons, rules of practice, and professional obligations. While the core principles remain the same, the government sometimes makes revisions or additions, altering the way that engineers operate. Learn more about the engineer’s code of ethics here.
  • Licensure and Certification – To maintain or earn engineering licenses or certifications, including the professional engineer license, you must meet the state requirements. For example, in New Jersey, PEs are required to take 24 hours of continuing education courses, two of which need to be on ethics. Each state’s government ultimately determines these requirements, and they may change from year to year. 
  • Continuing Education Opportunities – There are so many positives to continuing your engineering education. Not only does it provide you with new, up-to-date information about the best practices, it also reinforces the key points of information you previously learned and opens the door for earning new licenses and certifications. See upcoming continuing education opportunities here. NJSPE members can take advantage of special member rates for all courses!

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/.

Coronavirus and the Future of Engineering

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? 

State-level impact

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. 

Widespread 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. 

Read a thorough breakdown of steps to consider if your business is being negatively affected by COVID-19 >>

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

STEM Learning Activities to Try with your Kids

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. 

Keep in mind for guiding your child through the activities:

  • Do a quick overview of the activity. Have your child assess what they already know so they can activate some prior knowledge and memory of past experiences. This will help with the activity overall!
  • A big part of STEM is letting your child explore and figure things out. Make sure you’re not just lecturing them and you’re letting them create things needed for the activity and work things out on their own.
  • If you see an activity is too easy, make it a little more difficult! 
  • Short on supplies or resources for the activities? There’s always a workaround! Another fun part of the activity could include finding these alternate options or creating your own materials. 

STEM learning activities for parents and students

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.

Engineering Job Search Tips During Coronavirus

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.

1. Keep applying

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!

2. Your next job doesn’t have to be your dream job

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.

3. Find ways to build business relationships online

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. 

4. Stay in touch with hiring managers

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.

5. Use this time to perfect and reflect

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.

For more COVID-19 updates as it pertains to the engineering profession, keep an eye on our blog page!

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