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Title 26 : Professions and Occupations



(Cite as: 26 V.S.A. § 1161)
  • § 1161. Definitions

    As used in this chapter:

    (1) “Board” means the Board of Professional Engineering.

    (2) “Professional engineering” means any service or creative work, the adequate performance of which requires engineering education, training, and experience in the application of special knowledge of the mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences and the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design acquired by engineering education and engineering experience, insofar as the service or work involves safeguarding life, health, or property. This includes consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning, and design of engineering works and systems, planning the use of land, air, and water and accomplishing engineering surveys and studies, any of which embraces such services or work, either public or private, in connection with any utilities, structures, buildings, machines, equipment, processes, work systems, control systems, fire protection systems, communication systems, transportation systems, projects, and equipment systems of a mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, or thermal nature.

    (3) “Financial interest” means being:

    (A) a licensed professional engineer;

    (B) a person who deals in goods and services that are uniquely related to the practice of engineering; or

    (C) a person who has invested anything of value in a business that provides engineering services.

    (4) “Instruments of service” means project deliverables, such as reports, specifications, drawings, plans, construction documents, or engineering surveys, that have been prepared under the licensee’s responsible charge.

    (5) “Practice of professional engineering” means providing, attempting to provide, or offering to provide professional engineering services.

    (6) A professional engineer in “private practice” means a professional engineer who owns, operates, or is employed by a business entity that derives a substantial part of its income from providing professional engineering services to the public.

    (7) “Professional engineer” means a person licensed under this chapter.

    (8) “Responsible charge” means direct control and personal supervision of engineering work.

    (9) “Specialty discipline” means that area of professional engineering recognized by the Board as the area of expertise and practice for which a license is granted.

    (10) “State” includes the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    (11) “Unauthorized practice” means conduct prohibited by section 1162 of this chapter and not exempted by section 1163 of this chapter. (Added 1983, No. 188 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; amended 1991, No. 167 (Adj. Sess.), § 24; 2009, No. 35, § 13; 2013, No. 27, § 4.)