Did you know that licensed professional engineers are required to take courses every year and learn more about the developing and growing world of engineering? That’s right! Every year, engineers must take courses to stay fresh and up to date on the work the they do every day. These courses can be refreshers on subjects that are well known, such as strengths and materials for a structural engineer. Other times, engineers choose to branch out and take subjects that are not as well known to them, such as HVAC Engineering for the structural engineer. It is important to learn about the new software, techniques, and codes associated with an engineer’s specialty field, but it is also good to branch out and learn other perspectives of engineering. With a more diverse knowledge, professional engineers can provide better services that will allow a design flow smoothly as a whole when each portion of engineering and architecture is brought together.
So how does an engineer go about learning and continuing his/her education? There are many options and services in this area. Some engineers choose to go to seminars on specialty subjects and learn in a classroom setting. For engineers that are too busy, and their schedule does not permit taking that much time out of the day, there are online courses that offer a plethora of subjects. These courses can be taken at one’s own time and leisure. The materials can be downloaded and read or watched at an easy pace and the test is provided online. Both ways are acceptable, and it is really just up to the engineer to decide what would be the best learning environment for them.
The courses an engineer chooses directly relates to their area of work. For example, as structural engineers, our courses might involve Statics Fundamentals or Post-Tensioned Concrete Design for Buildings. The one course that all specialty engineers must take is ethics. The ethics of engineering is an important course that must be reviewed every year. This course goes over complicated ethical dilemmas unique to engineering. What would you do if you caught an engineering flaw in a colleague’s plan that could cause harm to individuals? These ethics courses cover things such as safety and protection of the public, handling conflicts of interest, and acceptable risks.
Rest assured that your design plans are safe with our engineers. Not only do professionally licensed engineers in Florida have a college degree, they also are required to have a minimum of at least four years of experience working under another engineer before they can take the test for their license. After passing the challenging test, engineers must then continue to grow and learn in their field every year for as long as they are licensed. It’s no wonder we value their work so much!
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