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Threats to Licensure

Two bills under consideration this legislative session threaten the licensure of Professional Engineers in Colorado (as well as other licensed professions). NSPE-CO has been monitoring these bills and working to defeat them.  Licensure of professional engineers is critical to protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.  The practice of engineering is not a right but is a privilege granted only to those who hold the proper qualifications.  Licensing boards and governing jurisdictions are necessary to regulate the profession.  BOTH BILLS LOST IN COMMITTEE DURING THE LAST FULL WEEK OF THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

SB18-193 Limit State Agency Occupational Regulations was called The Right To Earn A Living Act. The bill would prohibit state agencies from imposing a personal qualification requirement in order to engage in a profession or occupation unless the agency can show that the requirement is demonstrably necessary and narrowly tailored to address a specific, legitimate public health, safety, or welfare objective.  The bill would have required that prior to July 1, 2019 all state agencies review the regulations promulgated or administered by that agency and that any regulation not meeting the specific criteria in the bill be repealed. SB18-193 passed the Senate, but lost in committee in the House on Wednesday May 2nd.  You can read the text of SB18-193 here.

SB18-236, Least Restrictive Regulation Professions and Occupations has many similarities to SB18-193, though it generally does not address health safety and welfare of the public (except for the cleanliness of facilities). The bill requires the department to find present, significant, and substantiated harm to consumers before recommending regulation. The bill further requires the department to recommend only the least restrictive regulation necessary to address the harm. Licensing is only allowed after other least-restrictive options including market competition, third party and consumer generated reviews, private certification and bonding.

This legislation requires the Department of Regulatory Agencies to presume that consumers are sufficiently protected by market competition and private remedies, and to create occupational regulations only where the department finds credible evidence of a present, significant, and substantiated harm to consumers. This represents a fundamental shift from the current system of licensure which has long protected the citizens of Colorado.  Read the text of SB18-236 here.

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON PECON 2018

 

 

Thanks to everyone that attended the NSPE-CO Central Chapter May  tour of The Edgar mine, the Colorado School of Mines Experimental Mine in Idaho Springs on May 4th.  We had an outstanding tour guide and a fun afternoon!

The Edgar mine, the Colorado School of Mines Experimental Mine, is a contemporary to that era. In the 1870s, it produced high-grade silver, gold, lead and copper. Today, as an underground laboratory for future engineers, it produces valuable experience for those who are being trained to find, develop, and process the world’s natural resources.

 
 
NSPE-CO is the interdisciplinary professional engineering organization dedicated to supporting members in the ethical and professional practice of engineering, preserving the health, safety and welfare of the public while promoting the growth and development of the profession.    
 
 

 

 

NSPE-CO Education Foundation 2018 Golf Tournament

2018 Marks the 25th Anniversary of the NSPE-CO Education Golf Tournament. 

Date: Monday, June 25th 2018 8:00 AM shot gun start.

Location: The Club at Pradera, 5225 Raintree Drive, Parker CO 80134. Phone 303-607-5700
 
Fee: $ 150 per player includes coffee, range balls, green fee, cart, lunch and awards
 
 
Format: Four person scramble.
 
Payment must be made by June 15, make check payable to NSPE-CO EF. Mail cash or check to: Balu Bhayani, 6905 Blackhawk Place Colorado Springs CO 80919.
 

 

Contact Balu for corporate, breakfast, lunch and beverage cart sponsorship options.

Hole Sponsor ship: $ 150 per hole.
 

The NSPE-CO Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3)
Organization, supporting engineering and scientific
educational activities of the National Society of
Professional Engineers—Colorado, including Bridge
Building for high school students, MATHCOUNTS
for junior high school students, and other
educational programs and scholarships.

 

The NSPE-CO Awards - Celebrating Excellence In Engineering

Our thanks to Platinum Sponsor Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers for their support of the NSPE-CO Awards. 

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available, contact the state office at (303) 480-1160 for more details.  

Nominations for the 2018 NSPE-CO Awards are open now, entry deadline July 30, 2018.  Awards will be presented in September.   CLICK HERE FOR THE AWARDS PAGE including nomination forms.

 

Congratulations to those honored at the 2017 NSPE-CO Awards:

Dave Kreneck, P.E., F-NSPE  2017 Selection as NSPE Fellow

Ethan Alcazar (Eaton High School) - K-12 Student of the Year

Clinton Parapat (Colorado School of Mines 2017 Graduate) - University Student of the Year

Matt Bixby (Cherry Creek Challenge School) - K-12  Educator of the Year

Peter Marxhausen, P.E.  (University of Colorado- Denver) - University Educator of the Year

William Pierce, P.E. (Knott Laboratory) -Young Engineer of the Year

Steve Knapp, P.E.  (Knott Laboratorys)  -Project Manager of the Year

Mark Westberg, P.E. (City of Wheatridge) - Public Sector Engineer of the Year

Nate Dowden, P.E. (RMG Engineering) - Manager of the Year

Pamela Quillin, P.E. (Quillin Engineering) - Woman Engineer of the Year

Martin/Martin, Inc.  - Project of the Year

  

 

 

Bridge Building celebrates 51 Years!

Congratulations to the participants in the High School Bridge Building Contest!

About Bridge Building:
The annual Model Bridge Building Contest is a statewide program aimed at  providing interaction and communication among practicing engineers, high school   students, and other professionals. Its underlying objectives are to enhance the  appeal of engineering careers to high school students, begin establishing their   relationships with the professional community, and improve the prospects that such careers will be mutually beneficial to both society and the individual.

The top winners from each region in the state competition are eligible to  advance to the International Contest. A student from Parker, Colorado took first place in the International competition and received a four year scholarship to the Illinois Institute of Technology!

Click here for the Bridge Building main page.

 

First Place Prizes of a $2,000 scholarship for the winning student who enrolls in an accredited Engineering program, courtesy of ACEC-Colorado and the National Society of Professional Engineers- Colorado Education Foundation.

 

Second prize awards of $250 in each region courtesy of American Public Works Association -  Colorado Chapter

 

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