On August 8-11, our elected Officers and Chairs attended the CRC in Miami. While at CRC, we had the opportunity to meet, Doug Read, ASHRAE’s Director of Government Affairs. Doug is based in Washington, DC. He provides technical information to our elected officials on behalf of ASHRAE. Doug also spoke to us about ASHRAE’s vision on how to utilize Grassroots Committees to help achieve ASHRAE’s goals.
In Florida, we have an opportunity to develop our own Grassroots Committee to help promote ASHRAE’s policy with regard to the New Engineer Model Laws and rules proposed by NCEES.
To refresh your memory, I wrote about the Model Laws and Rules back in February. ASHRAE opposes these rules. The new rules require new engineers to complete 30 additional hours of upper level engineering course to be eligible to take the P.E. exam. ASHARE’S position is that this added requirement may reduce the number of students who choose engineering as a profession because of the extra cost required for the additional hours needed to achieve an engineering degree and/or licensure.
John Miller and I will be leading the CFL ASHRAE Grassroots Committee. The focus of our committee will be to reach out to other professional societies in the state of Florida that also oppose the New Model Laws and Rules (B+30). We are preparing a letter that we can send to the Florida Board of Professional Engineers. Our letter will inform the new and returning board members of our position on the B+30 initiative.
If you have contacts in any of the following societies, please forward this information to John or me:
ACEC, AIChE, ASME, Illuminating Engineering Society, International Society of Automation, Institute for Industrial Engineers, Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers.
You can find additional information about ASHRAE’s position on B+30 visit www.licensingthatworks.org or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. I will be happy to help you find the answers.