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* News Release *
 
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
For Immediate Release

BCEO STAFFER EARNS DUAL REGISTRATION
Professional Engineer, Professional Surveyor Licensure

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens is pleased to announce that BCEO Engineering Deputy Dale Schwieterman has received his Professional Surveyor's (P.S.) license from the State of Ohio, complimenting the Professional Engineer's (P.E.) license that he earned in 1998. He now holds the distinction in the civil engineering field of dual registration, holding both his P.E. and P.S. licenses.

Schwieterman has been with the BCEO since 1996, first as a design engineer and then appointed Deputy Engineer in 2005. He's worked on many major projects for Butler County including the Liberty Fairfield Road bridge over the Great Miami River, numerous upgrades along the Union Centre Boulevard corridor, improvements to Muhlhauser Road, and the California Road bridge in Morgan Township.

Currently residing in Liberty Township with his wife and two children, Schwieterman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1994 and worked at the engineering design firm of Hazelet & Erdal, Inc., before joining the Engineer's Office.

"We're proud of Dale's accomplishments," said Wilkens. "To achieve his goal of holding both a P.E. and a P.S. requires many years of additional education and experience. This additional license by Dale adds to our already talented group of professionals at the Butler County Engineer's Office."

The BCEO currently has eight registered Professional Engineers (P.E.) and four registered Professional Surveyors (P.S.) on staff, including two with dual registration.

What Is a Professional Surveyor?

According to the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, a registered Professional Surveyor in Ohio is "a person who is registered as a professional surveyor as outlined in the Ohio Revised Code. The 'practice of surveying' means any professional service that requires the application of special knowledge of the principles of mathematics, the related physical and applied sciences, and the relevant requirements of law for the adequate performance of the art of surveying, including, but not limited to, measuring the area or the contours of any portion of the earth’s surface, the lengths and directions of the bounding lines, and the contour of the surface, for their correct determination and description and for conveyancing for recording, or for the establishment or re-establishment of land boundaries and the platting of lands and subdivisions; and like measurements and operations involved in the surveying of mines, commonly known as mine surveying.”

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."

The State of Ohio requires that any person who holds the office of County Engineer must be a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) and a registered Professional Surveyor (P.S.). This dual registration requires years of study, practical experience, and passing several examinations.

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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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