Representatives of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers attended the State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying Meeting on March 22nd in New York City. NYSSPE representatives included Executive Director, Anthony Fasano P.E., Counsel, Mark Kriss Esq., Metropolitan Chapters President’s Council (MCPC) Chair Joseph Pasaturo P.E., NYC Area Vice-President, Al Brand P.E., and Professional Engineers in Construction (PEC) Chair, Rudi Sherbansky P.E.
The topics discussed at the meeting can be found on the agenda, however NYSSPE representatives did bring several items to the table.
The issues that the NYSSPE representatives brought up include:
- Expediters in New York City – NYSSPE members expressed significant concerns over NYC Expediters engaging in technical plan review and discussions, which in many cases may constitute the illegal practice of professional engineering. The objections focused upon expediters who are not under the direct supervision of a P.E. as employees of the P.E., or a firm authorized to provide professional engineering services. The State Board agreed that expediters, not directly employed by a P.E., or a firm authorized to practice professional engineering, on a fact specific basis may improperly be engaging in technical plan review or modifications which constitute the practice of professional engineering. If expediters are engaged in technical review and or dialoguing respecting plan modifications, which constitute the practice of professional engineering a complaint should be filed alleging illegal practice. In addition, professional engineers who engage in plan stamping in connection with such practices can and should face professional disciplinary action.
- Position Letter – One of the NYSSPE representatives asked how to go about getting a position letter on a certain issue from the State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying. The Board responded that a formal letter request should be submitted to the Executive Board Secretary and the Board will decide upon the appropriate response. Such a request may result in the issuance of an opinion from the State Board or other action by the State Education Department.
- The Land Surveying Bill – The Board discussed a bill that has been re-introduced by the Land Surveyors’ Association which the association claims is intended to revise the definition of land surveying to be in accordance with the NCEES model definition. NYSSPE representative offered their comments as to how the bill encroaches upon the duties and responsibilities of professional engineers. The Board also had their own comments and concerns on the bill, which they are pursuing as well.
- New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYC DDC) Positions – NYSSPE representatives brought to the attention of the Board, 4 job postings recently advertised by the NYC DDC that appear to include work that require a professional engineering license. However, the minimum qualifications for the jobs per the job postings do not require a professional engineering license. The Board largely agreed with the NYSSPE’s opinion and will pursue the matter. NYSSPE will follow up on this matter with the State Board and all other relevant agencies.
- Support for Engineering Bachelor’s Degree – NYSSPE members also brought up a bill that the NYSSPE previously drafted that would require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree to obtain a Professional Engineering license in New York. The Board seemed to be in favor of the bill and the NYSSPE will be pursuing this bill going forward.
As mentioned earlier the rest of the topics discussed at this meeting can be found on the New York State Education Department website.
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