Apr 262017

… in Oregon, if you don’t have the permission of the government.

After Challenging Red Light Cameras, Oregon Man Fined $500 for Practicing Engineering Without a License


 Posted by at 2:48 pm
  • Herp McDerp

    Yeah, that’s Oregon for you. I love the place and many of the people, but the government … not so much.

    Oregon is one of only two states where it’s illegal to pump your own gas. The rationale is that it’s too complex and dangerous a task to be entrusted to ordinary citizens. (I am not making this up!) There was even a statewide referendum a few years ago to do away with the restriction and allow hoi polloi to pump their own. It lost.

    Oh well … it could be worse. Back in the Seventies, California’s
    once-and-future Governor Jerry Brown wanted to license astrologers. To
    protect the public from the charlatans, you see.

    • Peter Hanely

      In Comifornia, land of fruits, nuts, and idiots, people are allowed to pump their own gasoline and the serious accident rate is practically zero. Then again, if the people of Oregon voted against the freedom of pumping their own gasoline, maybe they are too stupid to do it safely.

    • publiusr

      Well, maybe tax them for his SPSS

  • xvdougl

    The proper thing to do here would be find the idiot government stooges that issued this Orwellian fine and shit can them. I guess that would never happen in a first amendment graveyard like Oregon.

  • Tim the Geologist

    This is not unique to Oregon. You cannot call yourself an “engineer” in any of the 50 states without the proper licensure from that state. Same goes for “architect” and a number of other professions. You can do all the math you want, and say whatever you want, but you cannot hold yourself out to the public as an engineer without licensure.

    • Scottlowther

      Screw that noise. I got a degree in aerospace engineering, but I did not get a professional engineers license… but I am by Odin an engineer, bureaucratic bullcrap or no.

      • sferrin

        This x2. I work for an aerospace company with many engineers. Very few have gone through the hassle of a professional engineers license.

    • Vlad Lenin

      Aerospace ENGINEER from Florida here… PE not required for aerospace/defense. We get plenty of oversight from the FAA, DoD, etc. There are many other exemptions.

      I just can’t call myself a “licensed” or “professional” engineer. But, I’m an aerospace engineer which make me the best anyhow, so who needs another title.