Order of the Engineer
The Order of the Engineer (Order) is the roster of engineers in the United States who have participated in the Engineer's Ring Ceremony and who have publicly accepted the "Obligation of an Engineer."
Based on the Canadian Ritual of the Calling of the Engineer, the Order was initiated in the United States to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering professions and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer (the ring).
Inductees publicly accept and recite the "Obligation of an Engineer" making a formal statement of public and professional ethics and responsibilities, similar to the Hippocratic Oath of medical professionals.
Participating in the Order of the Engineer
When can I participate in the Order?
- Undergraduate Students: You will receive a letter and email invitation the semester you apply for graduation shortly after the last day to apply for graduation. If you are graduating in August, you will need to contact Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org to participate in the Spring Ceremony as there are no August Order ceremonies and she does not receive a list of August graduate applicants.
- Graduate Students: You can participate in either semester ceremony. You will need to contact Sam at email@example.com for more information in either November or April.
When are the ceremonies?
- Fall: The ceremony is usually the day before Commencement in the late afternoon.
- Spring: If Commencement is in the morning, the ceremony will be or to two days before. If Commencement is in the evening or early afternoon, the ceremony will usually precede it, often 2 hours before lining up.
Are family and friends allowed?
Usually, yes. But there have been occasions where guests had to be limited or excluded altogether. This occurs when the Inductee class size is large and the room where the Ceremony occurs cannot accommodate the additional people. If this occurs, the Inductees will be notified ahead of time and it is their responsibility to inform their guests. This is usually a concern in the Spring.
What is the cost?
it is a one-time fee of $25 which you will pay to Sam in WPEB 441 (exact amount) or online at Order of the Engineer. You will need to come to WPEB 441 to be sized for your ring. There are no annual dues.
What if I don't know my ring size?
When you come in to pay the fee, Sam will measure the little finger of your working hand.
Do I need to attend the ceremony?
Yes. The ceremony is mandatory. If you do not attend, you will not receive your ring and your fee will be refunded.
Are there meetings to attend after the ceremony?
What if I missed the ceremony?
You can always take part in the next one we offer or if you have moved away, contact the nearest College of Engineering at a local University to see if they participate or go to the Order website to see where the nearest Link, or chapter location, is to you.
My family member/co-worker/friend is an engineer. Can they participate?
Yes, they will need to send Sam proof that they have an engineering degree (i.e.-copy of their diploma, business card, PE license, etc.) and be able to attend the ceremony.
Please contact Sam DiMuzio at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.