NSPE Opposes Oregon Bill on Changing Engineering Standards

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William Pino founded Municipal Lighting Systems, Inc., in Miami, Florida, where he went on to serve the company as president for more than two decades. While at the helm, he led the Miami-based company to annual earnings totaling upwards of $20 million. In addition to his entrepreneurial efforts, William Pino belongs to numerous professional societies, including the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

A recent news release announced that NSPE joined the Professional Engineers of Oregon in a public stance against proposed legislation permitting Oregon interior design professionals to tackle engineering functions in their commercial projects.

In their statement, the two organizations described the lengthy certification and licensing process that professional engineers undergo. By allowing interior designers to serve in the same capacity by way of a voluntary program, they argued that Oregon lawmakers would undermine the stringent standards by which their engineers abide. That’s why they urged the state’s House members to vote against HB 2153, the legislation in question, to prevent design professionals from performing engineering functions without being licensed pursuant to Oregon law.