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Title: Professionalism

  • Have the ability to
  • Prepare and critique resumes
  • Understand job-hunting etiquette and techniques
  • Understand the function of career services
  • Understand how to obtain your professional
  • Understand the laws related to professional

Your Work History
  • How did you find your first couple of jobs?
    (summarize on board)
  • Summer Employment Survey (Handout if not

After graduation
  • Not the end, but the beginning!!!
  • Employment (full-time part-time)
  • Graduate School (full-time part-time)

Career vs Job
Career Planning
  • What are your assets and traits?
  • Where do you want to start?
  • What are your short-term goals?
  • What are your long-term goals?

Looking for Jobs
  • Career Services
  • Internet
  • Professional Organizations
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Friends and Family
  • Other?

Career Services at SUNY Poly https//
  • Career Services
  • Workshops
  • Resume
  • Internships
  • Full-time Jobs (College Central Network)
  • Resume handouts
  • Tips / Actions verbs
  • Resume example
  • Poor resume (critique in class)

  • References
  • Making Your First Impression Count-Effective
  • Resumes The Basics
  • Reverse chronological order (most important
  • Limit to one-page
  • No misrepresentations (ET, not ENGR)
  • Visually pleasing
  • Easy to read

  • Be prepared
  • Arrive early
  • Dress appropriately
  • Get names of those you interview with (ask for
    business cards)
  • Ask open-ended questions
  • Follow-up

Interview Questions
  • Typical Interview Questions

  • Better to ask before the job hunt
  • Provide detailed info to the person who is giving
    you a reference
  • When is due date?
  • Provide additional information about yourself
  • Provide a self-addressed envelope (if mailed)

Landing the Job Next steps
  • How to act professionally in the workplace!!!

  • From Wikipedia
  • A professional is a member of a vocation founded
    upon specialised educational training.
  • The word professional traditionally means a
    person who has obtained a degree in a
    professional field. The term professional is used
    more generally to denote a white collar working
    person, or a person who performs commercially in
    a field typically reserved for hobbyists or
  • In western nations, such as the United States,
    the term commonly describes highly educated,
    mostly salaried workers, who enjoy considerable
    work autonomy, a comfortable salary, and are
    commonly engaged in creative and intellectually
    challenging work.1234 Less technically,
    it may also refer to a person having impressive
    competence in a particular activity.5
  • Because of the personal and confidential nature
    of many professional services and thus the
    necessity to place a great deal of trust in them,
    most professionals are held up to strict ethical
    and moral regulations.

Work Environment
  • ProfessionalKnowledge, ideas and information
  • NonprofessionalWork can be measured by the
    quantity and quality of work output

  • Managing your time
  • Communicating
  • Teamwork
  • Treating others with respect
  • High ethical standards
  • Positive attitude
  • Reliable
  • Leadership

  • Employee-Corporation
  • Employee-Manager
  • Employee-Employee
  • Employee-Support Personnel

  • Mutual interests both need each other
  • Corporate Obligations
  • Fair compensation
  • Treat employees w/ dignity
  • Equal opportunity
  • Employee Commitments
  • Work the required number of hours
  • Adhere to confidentiality guidelines
  • Respect conflict-of-interest agreements

  • May be most important relationship
  • Manager Responsibilities
  • Explain company principles and policies
  • Administer salary, promotion and hiring plans
  • Review, hire and fire employees
  • Employee Commitments
  • Complete quality assignments in a timely manner
  • Act professionally
  • Take responsibility for self-development

  • Important to form effective working relationships
  • Most work is accomplished by teams
  • Collect info from others, analyze, and report
  • Everyone knows their responsibilities and target

Employee-Support Personnel
  • Treat support personnel with respect
  • Encourage open communication
  • Make support personnel part of the team

Traits for Success in the Workplace
  • Competence
  • Pursuit of Excellence
  • Personal Integrity
  • Likeability
  • Positive Attitude
  • Effective Communication

Homework Assignments (1 and 2) Individual Work
  • Prepare a draft resume in career services format
  • Have a peer critique it (pair up students)
  • Prepare answers to 10 interview questions
  • Submit your draft/critiqued resume, your revised
    resume and interview questions/answers on
    Blackboard (PDF format) prior to next weeks
    class (Sept 14th)
  • By the end of the semester have your resume
    approved by career services. Forward to me
    ( the e-mail that says
    your resume is approved and ready for upload to

Practicing Professionalism as a Student
  • Round Robin

Professional Licensing-Why
  • Professionalism
  • Pride
  • Enhances Resume
  • Job requirement
  • (NYSDOT JE https//
    tions/junior_engineer )
  • In most agencies, in order to successfully pass
    the one-year probationary period, Junior
    Engineers appointed from this eligible list will
    be required to obtain a Fundamentals in
    Engineering Certificate during their first year
    of service. Upon receipt of this certification
    and successful completion of one year of State
    service, you may be advanced to the Grade 20
    level of the engineering series with a starting
    salary of 53,037 without further testing. In
    some agencies, Junior Engineers who fail to
    obtain their Fundamentals in Engineering
    Certificate during the first year may be offered
    an opportunity to transfer to a para-professional
    engineering position pending completion of this
    requirement. You should discuss this with agency
    representatives during your employment interview.

Professional Licensing
  • FE (Fundamentals Exam)
  • PE (Professional Exam)
  • Administered by State
  • FE reciprocal but details controlled by state
  • PE state specific

New York State
  • New York State Education Dept
  • Licensed Professionals
  • http//

Differences between ET and E
Engineering Technology Engineering
Eligibility for FE exam After graduation Before graduation
Experience before PE 6 years 4 years
HistoricallyPaper exam Offered twice a year.
Could take FE in Vermont (and PA?) before
graduation Since Jan 2014, FE exam is online but
must be taken at a test center https//
xams/test-center-locations/ (one location in
Taking FE after Graduation (ET)
  • New Computer-Based-Testing
  • Details at http//
  • Letter from NYSED

FE Civil and FE Mechanical Knowledge Areas
  • FE Civil
  • http//
  • FE Mechanical
  • http//

Forms and Reference Materials
  • https//

FE Contents
  • Ethics Business Practices (7 of Morning Test)
  • Code of Ethics
  • Agreements and Contracts
  • Ethical versus Legal
  • Professional Liability
  • Public Protection Issues (e.g. licensing boards)
  • Ref

Engineering PracticeUnethical Behavior
  • Loss of business
  • Loss of licensure
  • Monetary fines
  • Loss of reputation

Engineering PracticeEthical Behavior
  • Increased business
  • Enhanced professional reputation
  • Extended employment

Engineering Practice
  • New York Education Law
  • NY Educ. 7200 (Administration)
  • NY Educ. 6905 (Conduct)
  • New York Code, Rules Regulations
  • 8 NYCRR 68.1 et seq. (Administration)
  • 8 NYCRR 29.1 et seq. (Conduct)

Engineering Practice
  • Engineering Defined
  • NY Educ. 7201. Definition of practice of
    engineering. The practice of the profession of
    engineering is defined as performing professional
    service such as consultation, investigation,
    evaluation, planning, design or supervision of
    construction or operation in connection with any
    utilities, structures, buildings, machines,
    equipment, processes, works, or projects wherein
    the safeguarding of life, health and property is
    concerned, when such service or work requires the
    application of engineering principles and data.

Engineering Practice
  • Licensing and Title Statue
  • 7202. Practice of engineering and use of title
    "professional engineer". Only a person licensed
    or otherwise authorized under this article shall
    practice engineering or use the title
    "professional engineer".

Permissible Scope of Practice
  • The purpose of the Education Law is to safeguard
    the life, health and property of the public.
  • Licensing requirements which protect the public
    health and safety must be strictly complied with
    and a contract in violation of such statutes
    cannot be enforced.

Code of Ethics
  • No matter what state you practice in, that state
    has a code of ethics which governs your ethical
  • As a member of NSPE, there is another code of
    ethics which governs your ethical conduct.

Professional Code of Conduct
  • As a professional license holder, or someone who
    works for a professional license holder, you are
    required to know the constraints imposed upon
    your conduct by the state code of ethics.
  • If you violate the provisions of those code of
    ethics, you or the person that you work for can
    be fined or lose their license to practice.

State Laws
  • Professional Misconduct-NY Education Law 6509
  • Unprofessional Conduct 8 NYCRR 29.1
  • Design Professionals - 8 NYCRR 29.3

Professional Misconduct 8 NYCRR 29.1
  1. Willful or grossly negligent failure to comply
    with federal, state or local laws governing the
    practice of the profession
  2. Exercising undue influence on a client in such a
    manner as to exploit financial gain in favor of
    the practitioner or a third party
  3. Directly or indirectly offering, soliciting or
    receiving a fee to or from a third party for
    client referrals

Professional Misconduct (Cont.) 8 NYCRR 29.1
  1. Fee sharing with those not otherwise authorized
    to practice in the same profession
  2. Moral unfitness
  3. Willfully making or filing a false report or
    failing to file a report required by law or the
    Education Department
  4. Failing to make available to a client copies of
    documents in the possession of the professional
    which have been prepared and paid for by the

Professional Misconduct (Cont.) 8 NYCRR 29.1
  1. Revealing personal information without the
    consent of the client (identity financial
    condition how youre getting paid)
  2. Practicing or offering to practice beyond the
    scope permitted by law, or performing services
    which the professional is not competent to
  3. Delegating responsibilities to a person that is
    not qualified to perform them

Professional Misconduct (Cont.) 8 NYCRR 29.1
  1. Performing professional services which have not
    been authorized by the client (going above and
    beyond in hopes of getting paid)
  2. Failing to respond to inquiries from the
    Education Department (must rat out your
    friends most often comes up amongst partners)

Design Professionals 8 NYCRR 29.3
  1. Being associated with any project or practice
    known to be fraudulent
  2. Failing to report to the owner any unauthorized
    or substantial disregard by any contractor of
    plans or specifications when observation of the
    work is provided for in the agreement between the
    owner and design professional
  3. Signing and sealing documents for which
    professional services have not been performed by
    the profession

Design Professionals (Cont) 8 NYCRR 29.3
  1. Failing to maintain plans, documents,
    computations and evaluations to which the
    professional has signed and sealed for at least 6
  2. Having a substantial financial interest in a
    contractor, manufacturer or supplier on a project
    for which the professional is responsible without
    the knowledge and approval of the client
  3. Fee sharing with persons other than partners,
    employees, associated in a professional firm or
    corporation, subcontractor or subconsultant

Design Professionals (Cont) 8 NYCRR 29.3
  1. Accepting compensation from more than one party
    for services on the same project without
    disclosing the same to all interested parties
  2. Participating as a member, advisor or employee in
    a governmental body in actions or deliberations
    which pertain to the services of the
  3. As to the practice of land surveying, revising,
    altering, or updating existing boundary lines
    without adequate confirmation of relevant
    boundary lines and monuments

Homework Assignments (3) Individual Work
  • Download the FE manual
  • http//
  • By knowledge areas (Civil-- http//
    ntent/uploads/2012/11/FE-Civil-CBT-specs.pdf ) or
    Mechanical-- http//
    012/11/FE-Mec-CBT-specs.pdf ),
    prepare a written summary as to how well you
    think you know the material. If you feel you
    dont know the material, list courses you could
    take or areas for review to help you be better

Assign Professionalism Topics
  • Preparing for FE exam (reference materials,
    classes, etc.)
  • Rules for taking the FE/PE in New York State.
    Research differences between Engineering and
    Engineering Technology
  • Job Search Engines (find and review 3)
  • Whats on FE exam Whats on PE exam?
  • FE exam (Computer-Based testing)
  • Dress Codes
  • Appropriate use of Technology at Work
  • Patents
  • MLA/APA Citation and Citations for online Sources
  • Working With Difficult Personality Types
  • Determining who is licensed as a Professional
    Engineer in New York State Other states?
  • Good answers to hard interview questions
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