Having studied initially in the US, I am now pursuing chartership in Britain and so sympathise with the frustration at the antiquated US qualification system (NCE 15 November 2001).
However, from my perspective, I have had no end of hassle from the ICE, academic supervisors, and even fellow engineers in my attempts to obtain CEng.
Having graduated second in a class of 918 from the US Naval Academy, I applied to become a graduate member in 1998. The ICE rejected me on the grounds that my degree was ocean engineering as opposed to civil engineering.
After working for Babtie for just over a year, the firm helped to force the ICE to admit me as a graduate. I currently work for Costain and will eventually get round to sitting the CPR.
In contrast, I have been an associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers since 1998 and eight months ago was asked if I wanted to be a full member.
Within two weeks of sending the necessary information and fee I was awarded MASCE.
My advice if you want to work in the US is don't bother trying to become a professional engineer (PE). You can always work for larger firms without having a PE licence. Instead, join the ASCE as a full member which is easily done with a credit card. This will give you all the contacts you require.
Dr Cliff Ohl (G), Cliff.Ohl@engineer. com