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Beware of US MICE trap


I was proud to become a chartered engineer and MICE in August 1999 and being married to a US citizen we have decided to move to the US to raise a family and continue my career.

I was horrified to learn that my professional qualification is not recognised in the US and does not allow any exemption to the exam process in the US.

Basically, you have to take an Engineering Fundamentals exam as the first step. On achieving this you become an Engineering In Training while preparing for two, eight hour professional exams.

To ensure I had not been given bad advice by the State Board I contacted an ICE representative in New York, who told me that the ICE has been working to correct this for over 20 years and that he held no hope of ever achieving it.

This raises serious questions about why the US State Boards are not accepting ICE chartered engineers. Are our procedures deemed inferior, or is this a method of protecting the US work market from foreign engineers? If so what hope is there for UK engineers and any future market across the pond?

After my initial shock of having to dust off my books and find my degree notes, I have decided to sit the exams in the US. It apparently takes at least two years. But should the ICE be protecting the level of accreditation for its members and be leading the way? I would be glad to hear from anyone who can offer any advice.

Stephen Banks (M) stephenjbanks@yahoo. com

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