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I know that some civil engineers, especially those in the structural discipline, work in the U.S. aircraft industry (e.g., Boeing). Perhaps you, or others, can help answer a question that arose in my research but for which I have not be able to find an answer.
* In April 2015, five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) ordered that a P.E. be involved in the a well casing and cementing design process and certify the resulting casing and well design for off-shore oil wells before a permit is issued.
* Eight months after the Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash occurred, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) order Boeing to cease inspecting its own aircraft -- FAA will conduct the inspections. Note: Boeing operates under engineering licensure exemptions.
My question: Does the FAA, like the BSEE, have the authority to order that P.E.s be in responsible charge of the design of aircraft?
Second question, if anyone cares to comment: What are the pros and cons of working as an engineer, licensed or not, for a business that operates under engineering licensure exemption laws? I ask this question because my studies reveal that only about 60 percent of civil and environmental engineers are licensed. Therefore, many of the other 40 percent or so must be happily, or at least satisfactorily, employed elsewhere for manufacturers, industries, utilities, governmental entities, and other employers who legally operate under exemptions to licensure.Thank you for considering my questions.Stu
From my experience, I agree with Stuart Walsh and his quote from Elliot Krause. I worked with some fine, qualified, and professional engineers who were not licensed. I have also worked with some fully licensed engineers who were either NOT qualified or so corrupt as to be scary! The corrupt P.E.s I worked with were usually principles in the firms or owners of firms. But, most of the licensed engineers I have worked with were not only competent but highly professional and ethical, including the ones in firms owned by profit driven, unethical engineers? So, how does that differ from Boeing's latest fiasco?