Order of the Engineer

  • Date & Time: April 25, 2017 at 5 p.m. CST
  • Location: Texas Union Ballroom, UNB 3.202
  • Participants: Open to students graduating in the spring, summer or fall of 2017
  • Fee: One-time payment of $30, which covers your ring, a Ramshorn lapel pin, a lifetime membership, a certificate and dinner

Students will accept the "Obligation of an Engineer" at this special Engineer's Ring Ceremony. The Ring Ceremony is the public induction of candidates into the Order of the Engineer, during which the engineer candidates formally accept the Obligation of an Engineer and receive a stainless steel ring to be worn on the fifth finger of the working hand as a symbol. If you would like to join with other engineers in making such a commitment to your profession, please check with ESS as the deadline to sign up has passed, you can pay by debit or credit card or come by ESS (located in the Engineering Education and Research Center, EER 2.848) to pay by cash or check.

Frequently Asked Questions About Order of the Engineer

What is the Order of the Engineer?
The Order is the roster of engineers in the United States who have participated in an Engineers' Ring Ceremony and who have accepted in public the "Obligation of an Engineer".
What is the purpose of the Order and its "Obligation"?
The purpose is to stimulate formal public recognition by engineers in the United States of two basic principles. These principles are that (1) the primary purpose of engineering is service to the public, and (2) all members of the engineering profession share a common bond.
What is the "Obligation of an Engineer"?
The Obligation is the formal statement of an engineer's responsibilities to the public and to the profession; the Obligation is publicly accepted by an engineer during induction at a Ring Ceremony. The Obligation is similar to the National Society of Professional Engineers' Engineer's Creed, the Engineers' Council for Professional Development's Canon, and the Canadian Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer.
What is an Engineers' Ring Ceremony?
The Ring Ceremony is the public induction of candidates into the Order of the Engineer, during which the engineer candidates formally accept the Obligation of an Engineer and receive a stainless steel ring to be worn on the fifth finger of the working hand as a symbol.
What is an Engineer's Ring?
The Engineer's Ring in the United States is a stainless steel ring, worn on the fifth finger of the working hand by engineers who have accepted the Obligation of an Engineer in a Ring Ceremony. In Canada, the Engineer's Ring is a wrought iron ring accepted by engineers inducted into the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer in a secret ceremony.
How is the Order of the Engineer governed?
The Order is governed at the national level by a National Board of Governors, composed of as many as 21 engineers who serve three-year terms. The officers are a chairman, a vice-chairman, and a secretary-treasurer. The National Board establishes policy, directs the national office, and charters local "links" governed by local boards of governors. Such "Links" are granted the right to conduct Ring Ceremonies.
What is a Link?
A Link of the Order of the Engineer is a local section based primarily at a college of engineering, but may also be based at a section of a state society of professional engineers. Each Link has its own officers and board of governors and is chartered by the National Board of Governors to hold Engineer's Ring Ceremonies.
What is the connection between the Order of the Engineer and other American engineering organizations?
There is no formal connection between the Order of the Engineer and other organizations; it is independent. However, the Order recognizes ABET's accreditation of engineering programs as a primary measurement of educational credentials for an engineer in the United States. The National Board of Governors has contracted with ABET to house and staff the national office of the Order of the Engineer since August 1987. In addition, Links of the Order have been charted to various local components of Tau Beta Pi, NSPE and other engineering societies.
Where was the Order of the Engineer founded?
During the 1960s, Ohio engineers attempted without success to extend the Canadian Ring Ceremony into American engineering schools. The first Engineers' Ring Ceremony in the United States was conducted in 1970 by students at Cleveland State University's Fenn College of Engineering. In 1972, the order of the Engineer was incorporated in Ohio, and tacit approval was obtained from the Canadian Wardens. The Order's national office remained in Ohio until 1987 when it was relocated to the United Engineering Center in New York City.
What are the membership activities of the Order of the Engineer after induction through a Ring Ceremony?
There are no dues and no meetings of the Order of the Engineer. Inductees are encouraged to wear the ring and to display their signed Obligation certificate as visible reminders of the publicly accepted Obligation as a contract with themselves.
Is the Ring Ceremony program aimed at engineering students or at practicing engineers?
Both. The impact of the formal program is likely to be greatest if inductees are engineering students about to enter the profession. However, until there is a preponderance of practicing engineers in the U.S. who have participated, as there is now in Canada, there will be a place for Ring Ceremonies at engineering functions. The reminder of the common purpose of all engineers is a message which cannot be too often repeated.

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Engineering Student Services
Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Engineering Education and Research Center (EER), 2.848
2501 Speedway, Austin, Texas 78712-1080
512-471-4321
E-mail: studentservices@engr.utexas.edu