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#1 bobbyi11771

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 08:23 AM

After learning that I passed the PE exam yesterday... and telling everyone in my office... someone suggested that I change my signature now to add the PE after my name. I only passed the exam, but have not recieved the license number (NY). What is the protocol??

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 08:36 AM

After learning that I passed the PE exam yesterday... and telling everyone in my office... someone suggested that I change my signature now to add the PE after my name. I only passed the exam, but have not recieved the license number (NY). What is the protocol??


Patience.
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Posted 23 December 2011 - 09:46 AM

I guess you can when you know your licence #. If your name appear on the searcheable roster with PE then you can.

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 01:04 PM

I couldn't wait. Already changed mine.

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 01:22 PM

I'm waiting until I have the license. They take such things very seriously in my state. I don't need to start my professional (licensed) career with an infraction on my permanent record and a fine.

UPDATE: My name is in the online database of licensees as of this morning. I'm a P.E. now! Woo hoo!

Edited by SparkyJ, 23 December 2011 - 01:29 PM.


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Posted 23 December 2011 - 01:37 PM

I changed my signature within an hour of getting my results.

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 01:51 PM

When you have your license number at the very least

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 01:55 PM

I would say you should wait until you get your official documents from your state.

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 03:34 PM

I changed my signature within an hour of getting my results.


Care to share your real name and state?

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 05:44 PM

It is best to wait until you have your license number from your individual state. Then you're good to go.

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 06:20 PM

I updated the signature in my personal email accounts within 20seconds of getting my result. I deleted EIT and inserted PE a bold, font size 12 and made my name font size 8. Then I sent out a mass email wishing everyone a happy holidays..

The following day I hired a Cessna single prop to smoke my name followed by PE in the NYC skyline with PE being 50% larger..

Got some people asking what it stands for and explained I passed my phsyical education test.. :juggle:

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 06:28 PM

I hear Thursdays at 10:25am is the industry accepted time...

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 06:33 PM


I changed my signature within an hour of getting my results.


Care to share your real name and state?


My license # was indicated in my results letter. With it I was able to look up my registration on the Board's website. I was actually registered on the 14th one day before I received the letter.

Francisco Flores, P.E. TX

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 07:15 PM

It totally depends on your state. Some states issue the registration along with releasing the results. In others, like Ohio, you have to submit some final paperwork and pay a final registration fee before the license is actually issued. I received by results on the 14th and can offically call myself a P.E. today because Ohio just issued my license number.

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 07:23 PM

^^^ CO issued PE numbers late yesterday afternoon despite exam results being sent out last week. Until yesterday afternoon, you were only a highly qualified test taker...

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 07:55 PM

The TX board has it's shit together

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 10:52 PM

My license # was indicated in my results letter. With it I was able to look up my registration on the Board's website. I was actually registered on the 14th one day before I received the letter.


That's the difference! Congratulations on your PEness.

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 10:52 PM

thwlruss, Texas is pretty efficient. I was able to look you up on the Texas board website. Good Job!!!

I am still waiting for my Pass/ Fail scores to be released, here in Pennsylvania

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 11:17 PM

Wow. I can't believe people are still waiting to hear their results. I got my results via snail mail seven days ago. Four days ago I sent a check to the state board, and today received my license card in the mail.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 11:06 AM

Technically cannot change until you have an official PE # in that state. I am in PA and passed in MD so I am goign to have to bite my lip for a coupl eof months. PA reciprocity is paper work, paper work, paper work.

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 01:27 AM

Technically cannot change until you have an official PE # in that state.  I am in PA and passed in MD so I am goign to have to bite my lip for a coupl eof months.  PA reciprocity is paper work, paper work, paper work.

Not sure why you took it in MD but if you are licensed in MD, you can have a PE signature on your business cards, signature, etc. You just can't seal anything in PA.

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 06:41 PM

Not sure why you took it in MD but if you are licensed in MD, you can have a PE signature on your business cards, signature, etc. You just can't seal anything in PA.


Not that simple... there was some good discussion on here years ago about business cards and signatures and I recall the general conclusion was that you'd need to specify the state you're registered in. But if you had a signature or business card that just read "John Hu, P.E." you'd be in trouble!

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 03:23 AM

You are allright to have PE after your name if the address on your business card is the state in which you are registered. I am registered in Montana and Texas. I have my business cards with our Montana address-- that works. However, If I were to have new business cards for work we do in another state, say Oklahoma and am not registered in Oklahoma, then that is a rule violation and you could get in trouble.

I actually had that happen when I came to Montana. I think I knew that rule, but did not pay attention to it. I had new business cards made for another job that I had with PE on them. Somebody turned me in to the Montana board. I got a "cease and desist" letter. I solved the problem by becoming registered in Montana.--- no further problems. This is attention to detail --- and sadly, I did know it. I just failed to pay attention. At the end of the day, all worked out OK, however, some embarrassment in the middle. Sheer buffoonery on my part! NO EXCUSE for buffoonery.

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 10:06 PM

You are allright to have PE after your name if the address on your business card is the state in which you are registered. I am registered in Montana and Texas. I have my business cards with our Montana address-- that works. However, If I were to have new business cards for work we do in another state, say Oklahoma and am not registered in Oklahoma, then that is a rule violation and you could get in trouble.

I actually had that happen when I came to Montana. I think I knew that rule, but did not pay attention to it. I had new business cards made for another job that I had with PE on them. Somebody turned me in to the Montana board. I got a "cease and desist" letter. I solved the problem by becoming registered in Montana.--- no further problems. This is attention to detail --- and sadly, I did know it. I just failed to pay attention. At the end of the day, all worked out OK, however, some embarrassment in the middle. Sheer buffoonery on my part! NO EXCUSE for buffoonery.


That is great information to know. Don't know how I didn't think of it prior. I just passed my PE in NJ but I work primarily in PA. I haven't ordered my new business cards or anything, but I'll have to remember this and make sure I don't make a mistake. I've already printed the paperwork for reciprocity in PA... just waiting on my official PE number and whatnot.

Anyway, thanks for the information.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 08:48 AM

I waited until I had my liscense number.
In CT after I received the NCEES letter I had to pay a fee to the state, then they generated a number, then I was a PE.

My offical state liscense date is the date they got the check.

Basically it is my opinion that if you can stamp a print your a PE - very few people would (SHOULD) stamp a print the day after they found out that they passed.

Patience my friends - enjoy the fact that you passed - I still tell my wife "I cant believe I passed"

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 04:53 PM

Wait until you know your state assigned license number.

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 08:05 PM

So to conclude, it would be a wise idea to put  your name as follows on Business card.

JohnXYZ, PE (Texas)

 

But, I do not see lot of experience professionals putting the licensing state behind your name in business card?



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Posted 29 December 2014 - 04:22 PM

So to conclude, it would be a wise idea to put  your name as follows on Business card.

JohnXYZ, PE (Texas)

 

But, I do not see lot of experience professionals putting the licensing state behind your name in business card?

 

I don't think you need to put your state after your name. 


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Posted 29 December 2014 - 04:39 PM



 
I don't think you need to put your state after your name. 


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Posted 29 December 2014 - 07:38 PM

So to conclude, it would be a wise idea to put  your name as follows on Business card.
JohnXYZ, PE (Texas)
 
But, I do not see lot of experience professionals putting the licensing state behind your name in business card?

 
I don't think you need to put your state after your name. 

I disagree. Some states define this as "offering services" and if you're not licensed in their state, they'll come after you. I'm seeing more and more business cards with states listed. Email signatures, too. We are contemplating it where I work.

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 07:47 PM

when in doubt talk to your state board.  



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Posted 29 December 2014 - 08:18 PM

when in doubt talk to your state board.  

 

And thats the bottom line.....



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Posted 29 December 2014 - 08:28 PM

I wouldn't get too bent out of shape over it. but probably safe to wait till you get your number.. I do know ONE person that had the state of Georgia mix up two people (one that passed and one that didn't)  one was overjoyed at work for about 3 days until the state realized the goof and contacted them.. I imagine the other one that was told they failed that actually passed was pretty elated!

 

Most state boards don't even take disciplinary action from people that are convicted of crimes, stamp stuff they didn't design, etc (take a look at the meeting minutes of your average state board) its surprising the things that barely even get a slap on the wrist. I really doubt any of these "state boards" are out looking for people that have PE on their email signatures and email someone from another state.....

 

A lot of people work for national & international companies. Hell I forwarded an email from a guy in UK the other day....its just not a practical thing to worry about!



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Posted 29 December 2014 - 08:42 PM

 

 

So to conclude, it would be a wise idea to put  your name as follows on Business card.
JohnXYZ, PE (Texas)
 
But, I do not see lot of experience professionals putting the licensing state behind your name in business card?

 
I don't think you need to put your state after your name. 

I disagree. Some states define this as "offering services" and if you're not licensed in their state, they'll come after you. I'm seeing more and more business cards with states listed. Email signatures, too. We are contemplating it where I work.

 

 

Again, I don't think it is necessary to put your state(s) of licensure, after your name. 


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Posted 29 December 2014 - 09:06 PM

 

 

So to conclude, it would be a wise idea to put  your name as follows on Business card.
JohnXYZ, PE (Texas)
 
But, I do not see lot of experience professionals putting the licensing state behind your name in business card?

 
I don't think you need to put your state after your name. 
I disagree. Some states define this as "offering services" and if you're not licensed in their state, they'll come after you. I'm seeing more and more business cards with states listed. Email signatures, too. We are contemplating it where I work.
 
 
Again, I don't think it is necessary to put your state(s) of licensure, after your name. 

I'm not sure if I'm missing an inside joke or something, but I'll play.

Again, I disagree.......

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 09:10 PM

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 10:35 PM

 

 

 

 

So to conclude, it would be a wise idea to put  your name as follows on Business card.
JohnXYZ, PE (Texas)
 
But, I do not see lot of experience professionals putting the licensing state behind your name in business card?

 
I don't think you need to put your state after your name. 
I disagree. Some states define this as "offering services" and if you're not licensed in their state, they'll come after you. I'm seeing more and more business cards with states listed. Email signatures, too. We are contemplating it where I work.
 
 
Again, I don't think it is necessary to put your state(s) of licensure, after your name. 

I'm not sure if I'm missing an inside joke or something, but I'll play.

Again, I disagree.......

 

 

I am just saying it is not needed for everyone to list the state in which they are registered on their business card, that's all.  If it is one state that you are registered in and your business card has your office address, it is assumed that is the state you are registered in.  This fits the majority of PEs. 


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Posted 30 December 2014 - 01:46 PM

Our company has offices in multiple states and while we don't have the addresses of all offices on our cards, we do work in multiple offices and don't have multiple business cards. We are thinking better safe than sorry. We also don't allow anyone to have "engineer" in their title unless they're licensed.

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 01:53 PM

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 02:29 PM

It's a good thing I'm a PE now, I should be a shoo-in for that job - look at those benefits - free associate shift meal! Wow, I'm sure it's quite the manly meal too since you're required to lift 100 lbs occasionally.



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Posted 30 December 2014 - 02:41 PM

Glad I paid thousands of dollars for a degree so I can be lumped together with custodians and janitors.

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 03:17 PM

I'm fairly certain I've seen this issue discussed on this forum before.  The need to protect the dignity of the Profession and eliminate things like this happening is an ongoing issue.  I've always said that if this continues we're not far away from Adam Sandler's Water Distribution Engineer...



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Posted 30 December 2014 - 03:58 PM

Our company has offices in multiple states and while we don't have the addresses of all offices on our cards, we do work in multiple offices and don't have multiple business cards. We are thinking better safe than sorry. We also don't allow anyone to have "engineer" in their title unless they're licensed.

 

I agree that if an engineer is offering services in another state it should be clear that he/she is licensed in that state. 



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Posted 30 December 2014 - 05:43 PM

 

Our company has offices in multiple states and while we don't have the addresses of all offices on our cards, we do work in multiple offices and don't have multiple business cards. We are thinking better safe than sorry. We also don't allow anyone to have "engineer" in their title unless they're licensed.

 

I agree that if an engineer is offering services in another state it should be clear that he/she is licensed in that state. 

 

I've worked in consulting, both for an engineering firm and privately on the side.  It depends on what the client's requirements are and also what the specific application is.  There's no "better safe than sorry", it comes down to what both the state and corresponding client requires.

 

As was mentioned previously, there's nothing in most state licensing statutes which stipulates you must indicate the corresponding state when using "PE/P.E." in your signature via letter, drawing, email, etc.





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