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* News Release *
 
Monday, July 2, 2007
For Immediate Release

BCEO ENGINEER RECEIVES P.E. LICENSE
Staff News

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens is pleased to announce that Design Engineer Steven J. Hartke has received his Professional Engineer's (P.E.) license from the State of Ohio. This brings the total number of registered Professional Engineers to eight currently on staff at the BCEO -- a number that keeps increasing.

"This was one of my goals when I took the office of County Engineer…." Wilkens said. "….to develop our staff to its fullest potential. Having the P.E. license gives our engineers recognition in their field and enables them to better perform their jobs. The education and experience necessary to achieve this license are key ingredients that help us better serve the public and meet the demands of a fast-growing county."

As a Design Engineer with the BCEO, Hartke is responsible for roadway design and project management of various roadway improvements. He's been with the BCEO since April 2006 following a three-year stint with ME Companies where he worked on various engineering projects including roadway and site design.

A 2003 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Civil Engineering degree, Hartke also plans to take the Fundamentals of Surveying exam this fall as a prerequisite to earning his Professional Surveyor (P.S.) license.

Mr. Hartke resides with his wife and daughter in Mason.

What Is a Professional Engineer

The National Society of Professional Engineers offers this definition of a P.E.:

"Like doctors who have passed the medical boards or lawyers who have passed the bar exam, professional engineers (PEs) have fulfilled the education and experience requirements and passed the rigorous exams that, under state licensure laws, permit them to offer engineering services directly to the public. PEs take legal responsibility for their engineering designs and are bound by a code of ethics to protect the public health and safety.

"Engineering licensure laws vary from state to state, but, in general, to become a PE an individual must be a graduate of an engineering program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, gain four years of experience working under a PE, and pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.

"A state engineering licensure board regulates the licensed practice of engineering within a state."

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849


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