Article by Sam Shamsi
Continuing education and lifelong learning are important parts of a Civil Engineer's career development and licensing requirements. Canon 7 of ASCE's Code of Ethics states that:
"Engineers shall continue their professional development throughout their careers, and shall provide opportunities for the professional development of those engineers under their supervision."
"Engineers should keep current in their specialty fields by engaging in professional practice, participating in continuing education courses, reading in the technical literature, and attending professional meetings and seminars."
The November 2014 issue of ASCE Civil Engineering Magazine published an interview with Hatch Mott MacDonald CEO Nick DeNichilo, P.E., M.ASCE, on the importance of continuing education. (7 Questions by David Hill). In this interview, Mr. DeNichilo stated that:
"With so many technical changes occurring at such an accelerated rate, engineers who don’t keep pace and don’t take continuing education seriously will, quite frankly, become obsolete."
"Engineers who are committed to continuing education and lifelong learning will be far more successful than those who are not."
ASCE-Pittsburgh is a strong advocate of continuing education and offers ample continuing education opportunities to its members at a discounted price. ASCE-Pittsburgh Continuing Education Committee offers 3 continuing education seminars each year for approximately 12 professional development hours (PDH). Other ASCE-Pittsburgh committees and institutes offer additional continuing education opportunities throughout the year. All events are advertised via email to Section members and are posted on the “Calendar of Events” on the Pittsburgh Section Website www.asce-pgh.org. These events easily exceed the 12-15 PDH per year requirements. Please make sure we have your correct email address and visit the Pittsburgh Section Web site regularly to benefit from our continuing education opportunities.
ASCE-Pittsburg Continuing Education Committee Page provides links to various ASCE Webinars. Use promo code WEBPISEC to get the Pittsburgh Section preferred rate!
For information on PDH requirements for Pennsylvania professional engineers, visit ASCE-Pittsburg Continuing Education Committee Page at http://www.asce-pgh.org/continuingeducation and select the link for “Continuing Education Made Easy Article Series.”
For additional information or to get involved in ASCE-Pittsburgh Continuing Education, please contact:
Sam Shamsi, PhD, PE, F.ASCE
Chair, Continuing Education Committee