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Re: Certification of Structural Engineers

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> Dennis,
> 
> You make some valid points.  I think we all know of one or two SE's out
> there that are plain scary.  Hopefully, they are the exception and not
> the norm.  The SE does not mean perfect or expert, just one more exam
> they were able to pass to prove competency.  Much the same way then a
> degree doesn't mean they know their stuff, it just means they passed a
> series of exams.  At some point, we have to hang our hat on something.
> 
> On the SE exam in California, I believe you are only required to be
> knowledgeable in 2 of the 4 materials tested to be able to achieve a
> passing score.  It is such a bare minimum level of competency required,
> that this is why I think people who are putting concrete and mechanical
> equipment over other people's heads, should at least show this level of
> competency.
> 
> As far as your friend who was an expert in one area and lacked
> experience in others.  I understand the concern.  Maybe the solution is
> to raise the bar up a little on the SE exam.  I think we need to think a
> little bit as to where different levels of licenses can lead to.  I can
> see SE I and SE II as the first step.  Then someome, like your friend,
> will somewhat justifiably argue for materials.  Then we will have SE
> Masonry, SE Steel, SE Wood,  SE Aluminum...  The next tier will be SE
> Steel High Rise.  The next tier will be SE LD analysis and SE NLD
> analysis.  It seems to me this can all get a little silly.
> 
> I continue to suggest to keep it simple.  If you need to raise the bar
> up a little bit so that SE means something, go for it.  The proposed 2
> SE licenses now, with what will probably follow in the years to come,
> multiple SE licenses, I am not crazy about.
> 
> Jeff Coronado, S.E.
> West Covina, CA
> >