Order of the Engineer

The next Order of the Engineer Ceremony is scheduled for May 12, 2010 at McCormick & Schmick's Harborside Restaurant in Seattle. See the Calendar for details.

The Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC) Inductee receives ring

Inductee receives her ring

is proud to sponsor in association with our member societies Order of the Engineer ceremonies to qualifying students and working engineers in the Puget Sound area. Ceremonies are generally held annually in the Spring. Keep an eye on the PSEC Events Calendar for the latest scheduled ceremony.

The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the United States in 1970 to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer. The Obligation of the Order of the Engineer is similar to the Canadian "Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer" initiated there in 1926.

Simply stated, The Order of the Engineer is a ring ceremony in which engineers meeting the solemn obligation take an oath called the “Obligation of an Engineer” to promise to uphold the high standards of the engineering profession. They are also given a stainless steel ring to be worn on the fifth finger of the working hand identifying their profession and obligation to other engineers and the public.

Any engineer is eligible for induction if he or she:

  1. Has graduated from an ABET-accredited engineering program, or
  2. Holds a license as a Professional Engineer, or
  3. Is enrolled in ABET-accredited engineering degree programs and is within two academic terms of graduation.

Eligible engineers are encouraged to apply.

2009 Order of the Engineer Induction Ceremony

PSEC’s 2nd Order of the Engineer induction ceremony 2009 Inductees(Ring Ceremony) was held on April 17th at the Silver Cloud Inn in the University District of Seattle. The ceremony was held in conjunction the kick-off of the Society of Engineer’s (SWE) Region J Conference. The event was organized by Kelly Griswold (SWE’s PSEC Representative). Unfortunately, Kelly was out of town on the day of the event and Paul Grant, PSEC’s President, presided over the ceremony.

Inductees take the Oath at the 2009 Event

The event was originally slated to induct 15 individuals. However 2 individuals had conflicts and could not attend. On the day of the event, there were 3 walk-ins that signed up for the induction, bringing the total to 16.

Due to the warm sunny weather and heavy traffic, the ceremony started a few minutes late at about 6:15 pm. After the welcoming of the inductees and opening remarks by PSEC President Paul Grant, five members of the Order of the Engineer helped to facilitate the induction. Melissa Mormilo of SWE gave an overview of the history of the Order; Samantha Bronner, also with SWE, then gave an overview of the significance of the ring. George Balagtas of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers led the oath of the Obligation of the Engineer; Garth Merrill of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) presented both the rings and the certificates to the inductees; finally, Joshua Alcantara, also with ASCE, provided concluding remarks welcoming the inductees into the Order and also reminding them of the importance of their responsibilities. Paul Grant then concluded the program by welcoming the inductees into the Order and inviting them to enjoy the sandwiches and drinks that had been arranged by Kelly Griswold and also invite them to stay for SWE’s Ice Cream Social at 7:30.

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