WSR 04-04-027

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING


(Engineers and Land Surveyors)

[ Filed January 27, 2004, 4:24 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 03-09-032.

Title of Rule: Chapter 196-20 WAC, Engineers-in-training.

Purpose: Amendments to the above listed WAC provide guidance to applicants with regard to the experience, education and examination application requirements to become enrolled as engineers-in-training. The WAC is also reorganized and clarified in accordance with the governor's directive for rule review.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapters 18.43 and 18.235 RCW.

Statute Being Implemented: Chapters 18.43 and 18.235 RCW.

Summary: Overall the rule is reorganized to clarify and better explain the process and procedures for persons wishing to become registered as engineers-in-training. Experience evaluation criteria are also established for applicants.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: In accordance with the governor's directive regarding rule review, amendments to these rules are necessary to reorganize the rules to make them easier to follow and comply with. It also eliminates old language that no longer applies due [to] examination procedural changes and changes in related WAC.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Joe Vincent Jr., 405 Black Lake Boulevard, Olympia, WA, (360) 664-1567; Implementation and Enforcement: George A. Twiss, 405 Black Lake Boulevard, Olympia, WA, (360) 664-1565.

Name of Proponent: Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: Overall the rule is reorganized to clarify and better explain the process and procedures for persons wishing to become registered as engineers-in-training. Appropriate experience evaluation criteria are also established for applicants. It is anticipated that applicants will find the application process easier to follow and will better understand the necessary education and experience qualifications required.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: Existing rules are reorganized and clarified to allow applicants for enrollment as engineers-in-training to more easily understand the procedure and criteria to follow.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. These rules affect individual licensees and do not create expense for businesses of any size and therefore do not disproportionately affect small businesses.

Section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, does not apply to this rule adoption. Neither the Department of Licensing nor the Board of Registration are one of the named agencies in this statute.

Hearing Location: Doubletree Inn SeaTac, 18740 Pacific Highway South, Seattle, WA 98188, on March 10, 2004, at 4:00 p.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Kim Chipman by March 3, 2004, TDD (360) 586-2788 or (360) 664-1564.

Submit Written Comments to: Joe Vincent Jr., On-Site and Program Support Unit Director, Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, P.O. Box 9025, Olympia, WA 98507-9025, fax (360) 664-2551, by April 14, 2004.

Date of Intended Adoption: April 29, 2004.

January 27, 2004

George A. Twiss

Executive Director

OTS-6944.1


NEW SECTION
WAC 196-20-005   Declaration and purpose.   This chapter contains rules and procedures for applications, eligibility and examinations to be enrolled as engineers-in-training.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 96-11-086, filed 5/14/96, effective 7/1/96)

WAC 196-20-010   Eligibility and applications.   The law requires the completion of four years of experience or having achieved senior standing in a school or college approved by the board prior to taking the fundamentals-of-engineering examination. If the applicant has achieved senior standing, that standing must be certified by said school or college. The four years may be gained as: Four years of approved education; four years of experience approved by the board; four years of combined education and experience. The experience to qualify for the fundamentals-of-engineering examination must be completed sixty days prior to the date of the examination. All applications must be completed on forms provided by the board and filed with the executive director at the board's address. The deadline for properly completed applications accompanied by the appropriate fee ((and charge)) as listed in WAC ((196-26-020)) 196-26A-025 is four months prior to the date of the examination. Late applications will be considered for a later examination.

All applicants should submit transcripts of degrees attained or college courses taken in order to obtain maximum experience credit except, applicants enrolled in a school or college having achieved senior standing in a baccalaureate curriculum in engineering approved by the board will be eligible to take the fundamentals-of-engineering examination without submitting college transcripts.

Once an application has been approved, no further application is required. An applicant who has taken an examination and failed or who qualified for an examination but did not take it shall submit a request in writing, accompanied by the applicable fee as listed in WAC 196-26A-025, to take or retake the examination, at least three months prior to the examination date. ((A written request accompanied by the applicable fee and charge as listed in WAC 196-26-020 shall be submitted to the board's office.))

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.43.035. 96-11-086, 196-20-010, filed 5/14/96, effective 7/1/96; 88-12-044 (Order PM 738), 196-20-010, filed 5/27/88; 84-04-027 (Order PL 454), 196-20-010, filed 1/25/84; 82-01-064 (Order 81-10), 196-20-010, filed 12/18/81; Order PL 224, 196-20-010, filed 11/5/75; Order PL-129, 196-20-010, filed 7/27/72; Rule IA, filed 8/4/64; Rule IIIA, filed 12/26/62.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 96-11-086, filed 5/14/96, effective 7/1/96)

WAC 196-20-020   Experience.   ((The law requires the completion of four years of experience or having achieved senior standing in a school or college approved by the board prior to taking the fundamentals-of-engineering examination. If the applicant has achieved senior standing, that standing must be certified by said school or college. The four years may be gained as: Four years of approved education; four years of experience approved by the board; four years of combined education and experience. The experience to qualify for the fundamentals-of-engineering examination must be completed sixty days prior to the date of the examination.))

The board shall evaluate all experience on a case-by-case basis and approve such experience as appropriate. Partial credit may be granted for experience and/or education that does not fully meet the requirements. The board will use the following criteria in evaluating an applicant's education and experience:

(1) Graduation in an approved engineering curriculum of four years or more from a school or college recognized by the board, is equivalent to the four-year experience requirement.

(2) Four years or more of broad based progressive experience in the fundamental knowledge of engineering theory and practice, of a character acceptable to the board, under the direct supervision of a person authorized by chapter 18.43 RCW or other applicable statute to practice engineering is equivalent to the four-year experience requirement.

(((3) The criteria established in WAC 196-12-020 will be used to evaluate the applicant's education and/or work experience.)) The experience shall not be limited to, but must include, the following:

(a) Preparation of technical reports and specifications, including graphics;

(b) Application of mathematical techniques to problem solving;

(c) Application of the basic physical sciences (chemistry, dynamics, statics, physics, etc.) in tasks;

(d) Performing assignments, experiments and tests to general specifications;

(e) Compilation and interpretation of data (statistical analysis, etc.);

(f) Executing complex engineering tasks according to instructions;

(g) Effective communication with associates and presenting recommendations and conclusions to supervisor;

(h) Knowledge of the impacts of the products of technology on society (i.e., energy/environmental considerations).

(3) In evaluating the four years of combined education and experience, the board will be looking at transcripts and work experience to determine knowledge in subsection (2)(a) through (h) of this section.

(4) In the judgment of the board, the applicant must have demonstrated increased levels of responsibility and a continuous gain in experience and knowledge such that at the time of being approved for the fundamentals-of-engineering examination, the applicant is capable of making independent judgments and decisions under the general guidance and direct supervision of an authorized professional.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.43.035. 96-11-086, 196-20-020, filed 5/14/96, effective 7/1/96; 87-13-005 (Order PM 606), 196-20-020, filed 6/4/87; Rule IB, filed 8/4/64; Rule IIIB, filed 12/26/62.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 96-11-086, filed 5/14/96, effective 7/1/96)

WAC 196-20-030   Examinations.   (1) The fundamentals-of-engineering examination is given at times and places designated by the board. The schedule of future examinations and an examination syllabus may be obtained ((from the board office)) at the internet website of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).

(2) An applicant passing the fundamentals-of-engineering examination will be enrolled as an engineer-in-training pursuant to RCW 18.43.020(3).

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.43.035. 96-11-086, 196-20-030, filed 5/14/96, effective 7/1/96; 87-13-005 (Order PM 606), 196-20-030, filed 6/4/87; 84-04-027 (Order PL 454), 196-20-030, filed 1/25/84; 82-01-064 (Order 81-10), 196-20-030, filed 12/18/81; Order PL 181, 196-20-030, filed 1/28/75; Order PL-129, 196-20-030, filed 7/27/72; Order PL-115, 196-20-030, filed 11/24/71; Rule IC, filed 8/4/64; Rule IIIC, filed 12/26/62.]

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