The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the United States to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer. Participants take the Obligation of the Engineer and receive a steel ring to be worn as a reminder of their commitment to high ethics and professionalism.
The first ceremony was held on June 4, 1970 at Cleveland State University. Since then, similar ceremonies have been held across the United States at which graduate and registered engineers are invited to accept the Obligation of the Engineer and a stainless steel ring. The ceremonies are conducted by Links (local sections) of the Order.
MeSPE is an official Link of the Order of the Engineer (Link #99), chartered on May 7, 1988. Please contact us for details on how to conduct a ceremony for your group utilizing MeSPE resources. MeSPE holds one or more Induction ceremonies per year. Inductees receive a stainless steel ring to wear on the little finger of their working hand and pledge an Obligation related to their profession as an engineer.
The Order is not a membership organization; there are never any meetings to attend or dues to pay. Anyone who meets one of the following criteria may be inducted into the Order:
- Graduate in engineering from an engineering program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. (EAC of ABET) (Check to see if your school is included.)
- Senior in EAC of ABET-accredited engineering program within one academic year of graduation
- Professional Engineer licensed in the United States
- Member of the Canadian Calling