PBS&J now ranks third on the nationwide list of environmental engineering firms that have the most Diplomate Environmental Engineers (DEE) certifications awarded to staff, up from seventh last year. The prestigious American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) awards DEE certifications to engineers who seek a distinguished level of expertise in one of seven specialties.
According to AAEE, only about five percent of all environmental engineers are DEE-certified. PBS&J specialists hold a total of 39 DEE titles, primarily in areas of water supply/wastewater engineering, solid waste management, and sanitary engineering.
To be officially recognized through AAEE board certification as a DEE, a successful candidate must complete rigorous written and oral examinations, as well as a peer review of work experience. To qualify for the program, an engineer must have at least a baccalaureate or higher degree in engineering or a related field, a valid professional engineer's license, and eight or more years of progressively responsible experience in one of seven categories: air pollution control, general environmental engineering, hazardous waste management, industrial hygiene engineering, radiation protection engineering, solid waste management, or water supply/wastewater engineering.
AAEE also requires annual recertification to maintain DEE status and ensure that Diplomates stay abreast of new industry practices. Continuing professional education and development programs audited by the Academy ensure quality and competence. Because of AAEE's rigorous process, public agencies, private owners, and utilities can trust DEE status as an indicator of project qualification and quality assurance.
Source: PBS&J, June 10, 2004