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Licensed 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 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.
Note: 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.
Becoming a Licensed 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.
After 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 Professional Engineer.
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 Engineers are ethically bound to place the public interest above everything else. The licensing, experience, and commitment of a Licensed Engineer is your best protection when selecting someone to perform a pre-purchase home or building inspection. For your protection, choose a Licensed Engineer to perform your pre-purchase inspection.
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 Engineers.
The 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.
Licensing helps assure that a professional is competent, trained, and is working in your interest. These qualities are needed by anyone providing pre-purchase home inspections, building inspections, condo inspections, or co-op inspections. The purchase of a home or building is a major investment. Choose a Licensed Engineer for your pre-purchase inspection. Selecting a non-Engineer may save you a few dollars now, or you may have to pay twice for the inspection. And think about what it could cost you later.
Professional Engineers Are Exempt
From Home Inspection
Licensed Engineers are excluded from this licensing requirement because of their extensive training, testing, and experience.
Even with the new licensing
requirements, home inspectors
do not meet the standards
Professional Engineers are held to
The law requiring home inspectors to be licensed had no effect on Licensed Engineers. The training and education requirements for Professional Engineers always exceeded the requirements placed on home inspectors. That is why Heimer Engineering only uses Licensed Engineers. Even with the new licensing requirements, Licensed Home Inspectors do not meet the standards Licensed Engineers are held to.
Home Inspector Versus Heimer Engineering℠
Some Home Inspectors have webpages bashing Engineers and making wild claims such as anyone can say he is a PE, and only a home inspector can evaluate the structure of an old building. Before you decide, learn the truth.
You may be told, "You shouldn't use an Engineer because they have so many disclaimers in their report". Heimer Engineering℠ discloses limitation in the report. There are two reasons for this:
- Heimer Engineering℠ is doing more for you than an ordinary Home Inspector. Naturally, there are more limitations that need to be disclosed to you.
- A non-Engineer Home Inspector can use a simple disclaimer: "I'm not an Engineer". Heimer Engineering℠ needs to be specific because much more is inspected.
Registered Architects, who have experience with pre-purchase inspections, 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 home, building, condo, and co-op inspections.
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 Licensed Engineers. Depend on the insight and analysis that only an Engineer offers.
How A Consultation By A
Professional Engineer Helps You
There are multiple issues about which an Professional Engineer's professional advise can help you. Examples include:
Expert Court Testimony
Eight Reasons To Choose
A Professional Engineer
- The Licensed Engineer brings years of training and experience to each inspection.
- The Licensed Engineer provides professional judgment on structural soundness.
- The Licensed Engineer provides professional judgment on system capacity.
- The Licensed Engineer has the experience to evaluate unusual situations.
- The Licensed Engineer works for his or her client. There is no conflict of interest.
- The Licensed Engineer is accountable to the State Registration Board.
- The Licensed Engineer is prudent in his or her judgment. The Licensed Engineer will not understate or overstate the seriousness of a problem.
- The Licensed Engineer is bound by ethical standards that help protect you.
Contact Heimer Engineering℠ 24/7
Heimer Engineering℠ is happy to help you. Senior Staff members are available to answer your questions from Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. After 5 PM, please leave a message. Messages are checked during the day on Sunday, and Sunday evening through Thursday evening. Inspections are performed seven days a week. Choose Heimer Engineering℠.
Inspection orders are taken by senior staff members. A real estate purchase is complex, and you should be able to speak with someone who can give you real answers to your inspection questions.
To set up an appointment for a pre-purchase inspection, or to find out about Engineering services or expert court testimony send Heimer Engineering℠ an email at WebInfoRequest@heimer.com, send Heimer Engineering℠ a text at 888.769.6910, call Heimer Engineering℠ at 800.605.1500, or call Heimer Engineering℠ at 646.757.4500. If no staff member is in the office, leave a message.
Heimer Engineering℠ serves the Metro New York area, including New York City (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island), Long Island (Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Upstate New York (Rockland County, Putnam County, and Westchester County).
Heimer Engineering℠ respects your privacy. Some inspection firms share information with insurance, landscaping, home maintenance, moving, cable, mortgage, and other companies. You will not receive phone calls or solicitation emails from third parties as a result of providing personal information.
In the event of a life-threatening emergency call 911. Emergency situations need to be handled by first-responders who can evacuate buildings, shut utilities off, and take other steps necessary to preserve life.
Heimer Engineering℠ Standards of PracticeThe Licensed Engineers of Heimer Engineering℠ substantially adhere to the InterNACHI® Code of Ethics, to Subpart 197-4 of the State of New York Code of Ethics and Regulations for Home Inspectors, and to the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE®) Code of Ethics. All State of New York Licensed Engineers are also bound by New York State Education Law Article 145.
Heimer Engineering℠ Code of Ethics
The Licensed Engineers of Heimer Engineering℠ substantially adhere to the InterNACHI® Standards of Practice and the ASHI® Standards of Practice. In the event of a conflict, the Licensed Engineers of Heimer Engineering℠ use Engineering judgment to decide what standard or Engineering principle takes precedence.
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Heimer Engineering℠ performs home inspections, building inspections, condominium inspections, and co-op inspections in the State of New York. We do not perform inspections or recommend Inspectors or Engineers outside of the State of New York. We provide Licensed Professional Engineer consultation services including hurricane and storm damage and damage from adjoining construction. Expert witness services are provided regarding playground injuries, parking lot, walkway, and stairway slip, trip, and fall.
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