Florida Engineer Laws & Rules - Online. This course will help you know and understand the laws and rules that affect you as a licensed professional ... c. No, rubber stamp seals are allowed for sealing plans but facsimile signatures are not ...
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Continuing Education Course #225 Florida Engineer Laws & Rules - Online This course will help you know and understand the laws and rules that affect you as a licensed professional engineer. You are already licensed so we will NOT cover any of the rules on qualifying for, applying for or taking the PE exam. Nor will we test you on the organization and administrative functioning of the Florida Board of Professional Engineers or the Florida Engineering Management Corporation. Instead, we will concentrate on the topics that are relevant to the everyday practice of engineering. If the topics not covered by this course are of interest to you, we encourage you to read about those subjects on the link listed below. We will supply you with the two resource documents that you will need for this course: 1. Florida Statutes Chapter 471 2. Chapter 61G15 Florida Administrative Code. We have combined these documents into one convenient searchable "Look-up Document" at: http://www.suncam.com/225.pdf The cases and questions used in this course will be updated periodically to reflect changes in Florida Law, changes in the rules of the board and changes brought about by case law from the courts. All of the cases used in this course are fictitious but the questions are taken directly from the Laws and Rules that govern our profession. 1. Beginning on March 1, 2015, the requirement for continuing education for engineers was increased from 8-hours per licensing period to ____-hours per licensing period. [HINT: Search for the keyword: "Every licensee must complete" in the look-up document] a. 10 b. 15 c. 18 d. 24 e. 30 2. Elizabeth Parrack closed her consulting engineering firm in the Midwest and moved to Florida to take a position as Chief Engineer for a large Florida land developer. She obtained her Florida license prior to assuming the duties of the new job and purchased a rubber stamp with her signature and engineer's seal combined in one stamp. Is it lawful for Elizabeth to use this rubber stamp to sign and seal plans in Florida? [Keywords "opaque" and "facsimile"] a. Yes, rubber stamps are now Board approved for signing and sealing plans. b. No, rubber stamp seals are not approved for sealing plans. c. No, rubber stamp seals are allowed for sealing plans but facsimile signatures are not allowed for signing. 3. John Casterden graduates from a University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (a board approved engineering curriculm of 4-years or more). He goes to work for Arrow Engineering Company, a consulting firm owned by his professional engineer father where he will be working under his father's supervision. His father prints his son’s business cards and lists his son in advertising as John Casterden, Engineer. Is the title "Engineer" allowed in this case under board rules? [Keywords: "subordinates" and "exempt from licensure"] a. Yes b. No 4. Thomas Byrum is a Florida licensed professional engineer and the general manager of Washingham Engineering Corp. His company has a contract to perform a federally mandated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a controversial expansion of a commuter rail line into the central business district of his town of Washingham, Florida. Thomas completed the EIS a month before the local election for Mayor and City Council but one of the incumbent City Councilmen privately asked Thomas to delay signing, sealing and filing the report until after Election Day. If Thomas
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agrees to the delay, would he be in violation of Chapter 471 Florida Statutes? [Keyword: impeding] a. Yes b. No 5. Hannah Forrest, P.E., a staff engineer for county government, teaches a 4-hour continuing education course on designing sewer lift stations and offers the course to licensed engineers. In the first licensing period that she teaches the course she earns continuing education credit for teaching in the following amount: [keyword: 61G15-22.004] a. 0- continuing education hours (no credit for teaching) b. 2- continuing education hours (half credit for teaching) c. 4- continuing education hours (full credit for teaching) d. 8- continuing education hours (double credit for teaching) 6. Mort Allgood, P.E., a structural engineering consultant is hired by the town of Tangelo Florida to update the plans for a pedestrian bridge over Tangelo Creek that was originally designed a decade earlier but never built. The engineer who did the original design is now retired and unable to do the work because he has since changed his license to "Retired Status". What steps must Allgood take to meet the requirements of Florida rules for the adoption of another's work? [Keyword: adoption] a. He would have to redraw the plans and specifications in their entirety. b. He would not be required to redraw the plans and specifications but he would be required to replace the title block with his own. c. He would be required to recreate the calculations, site visits, and research. d. He must send a certified letter to the original engineer, successors or assigns of his intention to reuse the documents. e. Answers b, c and d, above. (For questions 7-10) Hannah Ensley, P.E. manages the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida office of a large multidiscipline engineering consultant. She is an experienced civil engineer but she supervises a team of professional mechanical, electrical and structural engineers. Plans produced by those departments are always signed and sealed by the engineer in responsible charge of the work but Hannah always reviews the plans to insure that they are in compliance with Florida's unique "Responsibility Rules" set by the Florida Board of Professional Engineers. She knows that engineers and firms who fail to follow these rules are subject to disciplinary action by the board. Likewise, they can avoid disciplinary actions by observing the procedures listed in those rules. She treats the Responsibility Rules as her final checklist for every project. Responsibility Rules are available for the following disciplines of engineering: --Chapter 61G15-30 - Responsibility Rules Common to All Engineers --Chapter 61G15-31 - Responsibility Rules of Professional Engineers Concerning the Design Of Structures --Chapter 61G15-32 - Responsibility Rules of Professional Engineers Concerning the Design Of Fire Protection Systems --Chapter 61G15-33 - Responsibility Rules of Professional Engineers Concerning the Design Of Electrical Systems --Chapter 61G15-34 - Mechanical Systems --Chapter 61G15-35 - Responsibility Rules of Professional Engineers Providing Threshold Building Inspection --Chapter 61G15-36 - Product Evaluation The following four questions address the Responsibility Rules Common to all Engineers and for structural, electrical and mechanical designs. The Responsibility Rules are among the most important and yet least known provisions of the Laws & Rules. Some or all of the last three questions will be outside your discipline of engineering but the few minutes that it takes you to review those sections of the rules and answer the questions will add to your enlightenment and aid you when supervising or interacting across disciplines. Hannah Ensley definitely has the right idea! 7. The "Responsibility Rules Common to All Engineers" lists the minimum requirements for engineering documents. When prepared for inclusion with an application for a general building permit, the documents shall include all of the following EXCEPT: [Keyword: Minimum Requirements]
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a. Information that provides material specifications required for the safe operation of the system that is a result of engineering calculations, knowledge and experience. b. List Federal, State, Municipal, and County standards, codes, ordinances, laws, and rules, with their effective dates, that the Engineering Documents are intended to conform to. c. A statement that the Engineering Documents conform to the Code of Conduct of the Florida Board of Professional Engineers. d. Information, as determined by the Engineer of Record, needed for the safe and efficient operation of the system. e. List engineering design criteria; reference project specific studies, reports, and delegated engineering documents. f. Identify clearly elements of the design that vary from the governing standards and depict/identify the alternate method used to ensure compliance with the stated purpose of these Responsibility Rules. 8. The "Responsibility Rules of Professional Engineers Concerning the Design of Structures" lists detailed requirements for all of the following EXCEPT: [Keyword: DESIGN OF STRUCTURES] a. Design of Structures Utilizing Prefabricated Wood Trusses b. Design of Cast-in-Place Post-Tensioned Concrete Structural Systems c. Design of Structures Utilizing Precast and Prestressed Concrete Components d. Design of Structural Systems Utilizing Open Web Steel Joists and Joist Girders e. Design of Metal Building Systems f. Design of Structures Utilizing Concrete Masonry Units g. Design of Foundations h. Design of Structural Steel Systems 9. Electrical Engineering documents for lighting systems shall, at a minimum, indicate all of the following EXCEPT: [Keyword: Design of Lighting Systems] a. Lighting fixture performance specifications and arrangements. b. Fixture heat load analysis. c. Emergency Lighting, egress and exit lighting. d. Exit Lighting. e. Lighting control and circuiting. f. Calculated values to demonstrate compliance with the Florida Energy Code for Building Construction. 10. For Mechanical Engineering Documents pertaining to Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems that exceed the threshold requirements for mandatory use of professional engineering services, the plans shall indicate all of the following EXCEPT: [Keyword: 61G15-34.003] a. Cooling coil requirements based on sensible heat, latent heat and total heat gains. b. Outside and inside design dry and wet bulb conditions. c. Exhaust riser diagrams on buildings more than three stories when ductwork travels vertically. d. Location and characteristics of surge protective devices. e. Outside air riser diagrams on buildings more than three stories when ductwork travels vertically. f. Process flow diagrams with pipe sizes and fluid flow quantities. g. Condensate discharge piping layout with pipe sizes. h. Ductwork layout and sizing; insulation requirements, supply, return, and exhaust inlet and outlet sizes; and outside air intake sizes. Air quantities shall be specified for inlets and outlets. i. All data needed to complete the Florida Energy Code calculations as applicable. j. Building pressurization criteria.