Licensed Professional Engineers

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Licensed EngineersLicensed Professional Engineers must meet education and experience requirements and pass rigorous exams administered by the state.  Passing this exam permits Licensed Professional Engineers to offer engineering services directly to the public.  A Licensed Professional Engineer is bound by a strict code of ethics.

In the State of New York, you can verify online that you are really hiring a Licensed Professional Engineer.  Click here for more information on online license verification

Professional Engineer licensing requirements

Slide ruleNote:  Requirements vary from state to state.  The requirements listed below are based on the requirements of the State of New York.  However, these are not the official requirements of the State of New York.  Click here to view the requirement to become a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York.

Becoming a Licensed Professional Engineer typically requires at least 12 years of acceptable education/experience credit.  Some of this is often obtained through college study, although there are other ways of obtaining the required credit.

A man and a woman at a laptop computerAfter obtaining six years of acceptable education and/or experience credit, the candidate takes the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.  After passing the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, and obtaining at least 12 years of acceptable engineering/education experience, the Engineer must pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.  Only when all requirements have been met can an individual be considered a Licensed Professional Engineer.

For the specifics of the New York State requirements, and the ways to meet the requirements, visit the State of New York Department of Education Professional Engineer's Web site.

The state engineering licensure board regulates the licensed practice of engineering within a state.  Individual state boards may have different requirements for becoming a Licensed Professional Engineer.  However, similar exams are used in all states.  The Fundamentals of Engineering and the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam are prepared by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying and are used by all states.

Licensed Professional Engineers are ethically bound to place the public interest above everything else.  The licensing, experience, and commitment of a Licensed Professional Engineer is your best protection when selecting someone to perform a pre-purchase home or building inspection.  For your protection, choose a Licensed Professional Engineer to perform your pre-purchase inspection.

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) logoNational Academy of Building Inspection Engineers (NABIE).Heimer Engineering's Engineers are licensed in the State of New York.  Some of the Engineers are members of the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers (NABIE®).  NABIE® is a national organization of Licensed Professional Engineers who specialize in home inspections and building inspections.  NABIE® is a sub-group of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE®).  NSPE® is a national organization of Licensed Professional Engineers.

State of New York mapThe following statement regarding home inspection and building inspection was issued by the New York State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying:

It is the opinion of The Board that the inspection and examination of single or multiple family residential, commercial, industrial, or institutional buildings regarding their structural, electrical, and mechanical subsystems for proper integrity or capacity constitutes the practice of engineering as defined by the "law."  Any attempt to determine the structural integrity, capacity of a building, or any subsystem thereof, other than the detection of problems by visual inspection or normal operation of the user’s controls, constitutes the practice of engineering. This would include the diagnosis and analysis of problems with buildings and/or the design of remedial actions.

Therefore, an individual who advertises or practices in this area shall be a registered professional engineer in the State of New York.

Heimer Engineering logoLicensing helps assure that a professional is competent, trained, and is working in your interest.  These qualities are needed by anyone providing pre-purchase home or building inspections.  The purchase of a home or building is a major investment.   Choose a Licensed Professional Engineer for your pre-purchase inspection.  Selecting an unlicensed person may save you a few dollars now, but think about what it could cost you later.

Professional Engineers are exempt from the
State of New York home inspection license requirements

Man carrying a clipboardAs of January 1, 2006, a license is required to perform home inspections in the State of New York except for those that are specifically excluded from this licensure requirement.  Licensed Professional Engineers are excluded from this licensing requirement because of their extensive training, testing, and experience.

This law has no effect on Professional Engineers, as their training has always exceeded the requirements placed on Home Inspectors by this new law.  That is why Heimer Engineering only uses Professional Engineers.  Even with the new licensing requirements, licensed home inspectors will not meet the standards Professional Engineers are expected to meet.

Click here for more information on the Engineer home inspection licensure exemption.

Registered Architects

House blueprintRegistered Architects, who have experience with pre-purchase home inspection, condo inspection, co-op inspection, and building inspection, can evaluate your home or building.  Just as you should with a Professional Engineer, make sure that the Registered Architect has experience with pre-purchase inspections.

For more information on Registered Architects, visit the American Institute of Architects (AIA®) Website.

"Free" estimates

Free!Many people call a contractor for a "free" estimate when a problem is suspected.  This seems to save the expense of retaining an Engineer.  However, many contractors have limited expertise outside their field.  For example, a carpenter may have very limited experience with electrical and plumbing issues.  Moreover, there is a conflict of interest on the part of the contractor giving you the "free" estimate.  A contractor who finds work  benefits financially.  As a result, you may pay for unneeded repairs.

Heimer Engineering is not a contracting firm, so there is never a conflict of interest in our professional advice.  Heimer Engineering is not associated with any contractor.  Heimer Engineering  does not recommend any contractors.  You can count on accurate, professional advice from Heimer Engineering's Professional Engineers.  Depend on the insight that only an Engineer offers.

How a consultation by a Professional Engineer helps you

Writing on a clipboardThere are multiple issues about which an Professional Engineer's professional advise can help you.  Examples include:

  1. Water penetration into a basement
  2. Storm damage
  3. Plumbing leaks and stains
  4. Structural damage to a building that was struck by an automobile
  5. Structural concerns
  6. Foundation concerns
  7. Cracks
  8. Uneven floors

Professional Engineer expert court testimony

Scales of justiceHeimer Engineering's Professional Engineers provide expert witness testimony regarding:

  1. Parking lot slip, trip, and fall accidents and injuries
  2. Playground  and playground equipment accident and injury investigations
  3. Step, stairway, and handrail slip, trip, and fall accidents and injuries
  4. Walkway, path, and sidewalk slip, trip, and fall accidents and injuries
  5. Damages caused by construction in an adjoining building
  6. Causes of scalding hot water accidents
  7. Other accidents and injuries where the expert testimony of a Professional Engineer is required.

Eight reasons to choose a Professional Engineer

  1. Question marksThe Professional Engineer brings years of training and experience to each inspection.
  2. The Professional Engineer provides professional judgment on structural soundness.
  3. The Professional Engineer provides professional judgment on system capacity.
  4. The Professional Engineer has the experience to evaluate unusual situations.
  5. The Professional Engineer works for his or her client.  There is no conflict of interest.
  6. The Professional Engineer is accountable to the State Registration Board.
  7. The Professional Engineer is prudent in his or her judgment.  The Professional Engineer will not understate or overstate the seriousness of a problem.
  8. A Professional Engineer is bound by ethical standards that help protect you.