Friday, December 12, 2008

Big News

The youngster is soon to submit some good news that will trump this, but for the record:

I am now a licensed Professional Geologist in the State of Kentucky!!!!

Oh yeah, and Ben is about to have a baby boy.


Blogger Martin said...

Yeah, but are you a Kentucky Colonel? Baby Brother Paul Mazur is a full bird (if that's what they call the there) colonel.

Congratulations for passing the rock test.

6:16 PM  
Blogger Benjamin said...

So geology licensing is state-to-state? What would happen if you move to, say, I don't know, some east coast state like South Carolina? Is there some sort of reciprocity agreement, or transferrance, or do you have to go through that whole rigamarole again?

But congrats nonetheless! I took my engineer-in-training exam, which was a crazy PITA, but haven't followed up on that to be a PE.

I was planning on posting about the baby thing post-facto, which may be as soon as tomorrow. I'm hoping for tuesday, as that's when the support system arrives.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

There are surprisingly few PEs among electrical engineers. I guess that's in part because among all the "hard" engineering professions (excluding, e.g. software engineering, IE), they generally have the curriculum lightest in fundamental physics, mechanics, etc. CEs, MEs both have to learn mechanics, fluids, thermo (but usually not emag). EE's have to learn emag, but not much of the other three basics. So there's asymmetry there. Nonetheless, Ed E., ARL's analog electronics wizard, has a PE cert that he keeps up.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Benjamin said...

Yeah, the FE Exam was such a PITA because about 80% of the exam was mechanics, physics, etc. There is no "Professional EE" license -- it's strictly "Professional Engineer". That was one of the reasons I didn't pursue going to teach at my old alma mater, Baylor -- they stress all their faculty having or pursuing their PEs since their program is geared toward industry.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Your MOM said...

I am so proud of you. I never doubted you would pass that test. After all, you are the smartest older brother.

11:28 PM  
Blogger Benjamin said...

Hi Mom. Whatever you do, don't read the comments on the next post up. Marty is a nasty, nasty man.

12:13 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

The PG exam is offered through the ASBOG (Association of State Boards of Geology). It is a standard exam that states may choose to be a member of. That way, you only have to take the test once. The licence is not reciprocal. I have to apply in the next state and pay the fee. Some states also require a state specific exam. I know that California has a 30 multiple guess 1 hour exam about CA geology, but otherwise, my KY ASBOG exam is sufficient.

At my office there are several PGs, but I am THE ONLY one who has taken and passed the ASBOG. Some of the older PGs were grandfathered in when all you needed was a degree and a little experience. I don't know if they can now register in ASBOG states without the exam or not. Most of them registered in other states to be grandfathered in way back when.

There is one guy who is several years younger than me, and he is a Tennessee PG. Until the end of this year, you can get your TN PG with just the credentials, but he will still have to take the ASBOG to get his PG in any ASBOG state. That means that nobody really takes the TN PG status very seriously. That just means you can put PG after your name. It is kind of like when Larry and his brother Daryl get married in Boston, they are not legally married in most other places in the U.S.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Benjamin said...

ASBOG... heh... if I ever write my Epic Fantasy Novel, I'm naming the place from where the evil bad guys come "Asbog". Sounds foreboding and icky.

9:47 AM  

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