Posted: October 2017

October 24, 2017

Engineer vs. Professional Engineer

You might be surprised to learn that not all engineers are licensed professionals. While many people graduate with engineering degrees, they cannot claim the title of “Professional Engineer” (PE) unless they have completed the multiple necessary steps to earn this designation as competent and well-trained engineers.

Engineers were not required to become licensed until the early 1900s. The Wyoming Legislature passed the first-ever law mandating that professional engineers become licensed. While the bill was met with opposition, it ultimately was passed and signed into law in 1907 with other states soon following suit.

According to the National Society of Professional Engineers, PE licensure is the engineering profession’s highest standard of competence, a symbol of achievement and assurance of quality. In South Carolina, PEs are licensed through the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, which is under the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Why does it matter if engineers are licensed? Engineers are responsible for most everything around us. There are not many people who would knowingly drive over a bridge, enter a commercial or public building, or drink from a public water supply designed by an unlicensed professional. These projects require the highest level of quality and competency in the practice of the profession as lives depend on it. Likewise, people would not want to purchase, sell, or dedicate rights to real property without the work having been performed by a licensed surveyor. In South Carolina, the statute states, “In order to safeguard life, health and property and to promote the public welfare, the practice of the profession of engineering and surveying in this state is subject to regulation.”

Once the certification is earned, it also must be maintained through continuous professional development throughout the PE’s career. It is certainly beneficial to the engineer to do so. Many private companies and federal, state, and municipal agencies require that higher-level engineering management positions be filled only by licensed PEs and, while regulations vary from states to state, many also require individuals be licensed in order to teach higher education affiliated with a particular practice.

When working with engineers, take the time to confirm they are licensed professionals. It could save your project time, money, and potentially lives.

October 18, 2017

Davis & Floyd Professionals Selected for American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina Future Leaders Program

ACEC-SC Future Leaders ParticipantsDavis & Floyd, Inc. is pleased to announce that three of its employees have been selected to participate in the American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina (ACEC-SC) Future Leaders Program.

The following individuals have joined the 2017-2018 class:
• Christopher Haynes, PLA: landscape architect and Private Development Market Sector Leader located in North Charleston, SC
• Samuel Pridgen, PE: transportation engineer located in Columbia, SC
• Robert Stevenson, Jr., SE: structural engineer located in Greenwood, SC

According to ACEC-SC, the Future Leaders Program is designed for the consulting engineering industry’s up-and-coming professionals who are top performers as well as dedicated employees showing the potential to manage a team, group, office, or company. The program comprises seven sessions to be held in the Columbia area and concludes with a recognition program during the SC Engineering Conference in June 2018. Sessions include two hours of leadership training followed by a dinner event geared toward conversing and networking with the speaker, guests, and other participants. Each class is limited to 15 participants.

About Davis & Floyd
Davis & Floyd, a multi-discipline professional engineering firm, works collaboratively with its clients to design and build innovative projects that improve the lives of the communities and residents it serves. With over 60 years of continuous operation and service to its clients, the privately-owned business has more than 175 employees located in five offices across South Carolina including Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Greenwood, and Florence. The firm focuses on the market sectors of transportation, water resources, industrial, federal government, local government, and private development. For more information about Davis & Floyd’s services and team, visit