Professional Ungineers

Today I received a solicitation from the National Society of Professional Engineers concerning my membership—I’m not a member—and exhorting me to contemplate the benefits of association with their august group.

Here is a quote from the beginning of the cover letter:

Dear William:

Nothing says “professional engineer” like the PE license.

Ummm, duh? I’m at a loss for words. Truly. But wait, there’s more.

Nothing says “professional engineer” like the PE license. Why? Because in a profession so affected by rapid changes in technology, techniques, and ethical issues, a demonstrated commitment to staying ahead of the curve is a pledge of excellence to a prospective client or employer.

I won’t go on.

If you can translate that last sentence into something that makes sense, please tell me what it means.

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2 Responses to Professional Ungineers

  1. Tenner says:

    It translates to, roughly, “Give us money.”

  2. Mike says:

    And to add to the irony, isn’t the PE licensure a one-shot test? So passing the test indicates that you’re committed to being on the bleeding edge of the field for your career?

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