We are a Design and Drafting service looking to expand our services and move
into Design and Consulting for engineering. We are experinced detailers for
big commercial projects and are working on degree's of our own but need to
bring in an engineer in order to move into the design and consulting field.
Ideally we are looking for a young engineer with his/her own stamp that we
can teach the nuances of the building trades to. So my question is where
can I go to find such people.
Last time I checked, getting the stamp required five years of progressive
responsibility, working under the supervision of more experienced engineers.
You can probably find someone young at heart who is willing to work for a
modest salary, but you should be prepared to do a little learning while you
It takes four years of experience and passing both the FE and PE
licensure exams. PE licenses are on a state by state basis also.
licenses can be transfered, but the person hired would have to
re-apply for the license to expand into various states. This doesn't
hold too much of a hickup but some states have additional testing
before the P.E. license is granted.
I am 25 years old and will be getting my P.E. in a year or so. 25-27
years is the youngest possible age to get one. Having the P.E. by
this age is not common though.
You also should get a Civil Engineer for a P.E. The mechanical
engineer with a P.E. has more expertise in most things, but would get
bored with buildings. As most mechanicals deal with rotating equipment
and much harder problems than just checking static stresses.
If you are doing skyscraper type buildings, you will need a mechanical
engineer with a P.E., or a Highly experienced civil in skyscrapers
along with that P.E. Sky scapers and draw bridges are the only civil
type jobs that require an experienced mechanical engineer to look at.
With the Professional Engineering license the person you get will have
to feel comfortable with what he/she is looking at. The Stamping of
drawings can lead into repurcussions, lawsuits, and loss of licensure
if the engineer stamps drawings without having experience with what
you are doing. P.E licenses are based on what the person has
You would only be able to teach the engineer your format of doing
drawings most likely. By the time someone gets the P.E license
checking drawings and calculations for safety become extremely
familiar. Any engineer worth his/her weight will have alot more
experience and knowledge to draw on then your limited scope of work
You can post an ad in the local newspaper looking for Civil Engineers
with experience in buildings (what types?) with a Professional
Engineering license. Age does not matter with the P.E. A lot of
engineers with P.E. licences start their own engineering businesses as
they can make lots of money doing work for the government and other
people needing the stamp. You can still catch quite a few that still
work without owning a business. P.E.'s don't come cheaply if that is
the sole reason you want a "young engineer".
Project Engineer (mechanical)
As a retired PE, I would recommend your company consider a worthwhile position
for this *young* PE.
Use of that stamp/seal creates a legal document and can result in a court case
for the individual.
That seal/stamp places a significant burden on the user and should not be used
which it what your term *young* engineer implies. In my mind, when someone says
they want a young
engineer, they mean someone who will work for a lower salary. I have been
places a lot of responsibility on the individual. Most small engineering firms
have one PE and he
is (usually) the Chief Engineer of the firm.
In addition, the PE must be **proficient in the subject matter** for which he
uses that stamp/seal.
As a registered Mechanical Engineer, I cannot use my stamp/seal for the
construction of a home. I
can use it for floor plans, because I have made floor plans to locate newly
designed machinery in a
steel mill. The key words are Proficiency in his Field and only that field.
we are looking for a young engineer with his/her own stamp that we can
By law, he cannot use that stamp/seal on a document in which he has little
knowledge of the subject
matter AND he must oversee the work of those who are creating the
supervise. Check the Professional Engineering laws in your state.
Most, if not all, states publish a roster of registered Professional Engineers,
Surveyors. That could be a starting point. I hope I have helped and made some
things clear in your
search for a PE.