Frequently Asked Questions

What if I can't make it to the ceremony?

You must take the oath in order to get the ring and become a member of the Order of the Engineer. Oregon Tech holds a ceremonies each year.

How do I sign up?

We invite all Oregon Tech Engineering students to register with Roger Lindgren in OW103 on the Oregon Tech campus.

Are there yearly membership dues?

No. There is a small one-time fee to cover the cost of the ring and the ceremony, but there are no dues nor meetings of the Order of the Engineer. Inductees are encouraged to wear the ring and to display the signed Obligation certificate as visible reminders of the publicly accepted Obligation as a contract with themselves.

How do I qualify?

Any engineer is eligible to participate if he or she has graduated from an ABET-EAC accredited engineering program or holds a license as a Professional Engineer. Students enrolled in ABET-EAC accredited engineering degree programs are eligible if they are within two academic terms of graduation. Every year students, alumni, and community members participate in the ceremony.

How do I get sized for the ring?

You can confirm your ring size (smallest finger of working hand) with Roger Lindgren in OW103 or with any jewelry store.

What is an Engineer's Ring Ceremony?

The Ring Ceremony is the public induction of candidates into the Order of the Engineer, during which the engineer candidates formally accept the Obligation of an Engineer and receive a stainless steel ring to be worn as a symbol on the fifth finger of the working hand.

What is done at the ceremony?

After brief remarks from current members of the Order, the inductees are called to the Order by placing the ring on their finger and reciting the oath. The inductees are then presented with frameable certificates.

What if I lose my ring?

You may order another one at the OOERC website.

What is an Engineer's Ring?

The Engineer's Ring in the United States is a stainless steel ring, worn on the fifth finger of the working hand by engineers who have accepted the Obligation of an Engineer in a Ring Ceremony. In Canada, the Engineer's Ring is awrought iron ring accepted by engineers inducted into the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer in a secret ceremony.

When and why did the Order begin?

The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the USA to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the profession, to bridge the gap between training and practice, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer. The first ceremony was held in the spring of 1970 on the campus of Cleveland State University in Ohio.

What is the Order of the Engineer?

The Order is the roster of engineers in the United States who have participated in an Engineer's Ring Ceremony and who have publicly accepted the"Obligation of an Engineer."

What is the purpose of the Order and its "Obligation"?

The purpose is to stimulate formal public recognition by engineers in the United States of two basic principles. These principles are that (1) the primary purpose of engineering is service to the public, and (2) all members of the engineering profession share a common bond.

What is the "Obligation of an Engineer"?

The Obligation is the formal statement of an engineer's responsibilities to the public and to the profession; the Obligation is publicly accepted by an engineer during induction at a Ring Ceremony. The Obligation is similar to the National Society of Professional Engineers' Engineer's Creed, the Engineers' Council for Professional Development's Canon, and the Canadian Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer.

Is the Ring Ceremony program aimed at engineering students or at practicing engineers?

Both. The impact of the formal program is likely to be greatest if inductees are engineering students about to enter the profession. However, until there is a preponderance of practicing engineers in the U.S. who have participated, as there is now in Canada, there will be a place for Ring Ceremonies at engineering functions. Although older practicing engineers may not be as impressionable as graduating seniors, the reminder of the common purpose of all engineers is a message which cannot be too often repeated.

How is the Order of the Engineer governed?

The Order is governed at the national level by a National Board of Governors, composed of as many as 21 engineers who serve three-year terms. The officers are a chair, a vice-chair, a secretary, and a treasurer. The National Board establishes policy, directs the national office, and charters local "Links" governed by local boards of governors. Such "Links" are granted the right to conduct Ring Ceremonies. Oregon Tech is Link 186.

What is a Link?

A Link of the Order of the Engineer is a local section based primarily at a college of engineering, but may also be based at a section of a State society of professional engineers. Each Link has its own officers and board of governors and is chartered by the National Board of Governors to hold Engineer's Ring Ceremonies.

Link #186 is chartered to the Oregon Institute of Technology, the link Governor is Roger Lindgren, a Professor of Civil Engineering - Dr. Lindgren belongs to both the "American Order of the Engineer" and the "Canadian Ritual of the Brotherhood of the Calling of the Engineer."

What is the connection between the Order of the Engineer and other American engineering organizations?

There is no formal connection between the Order of the Engineer and other organizations; it is independent. However, the Order recognizes ABET's EAC accreditation of engineering programs as a primary measurement of educational credentials for an engineer in the United States. The National Board of Governors has contracted with ABET to house and staff the national office of the Order of the Engineer since August 1987. In addition, Links of the Order have been chartered to various local components of ASCE, ITE, Tau Beta Pi, NSPE, and other engineering societies. ASCE in particular has strongly endorsed the Order of the Engineer and has encouraged all ASCE members to join.

Where was the Order of the Engineer founded?

During the 1960s, Ohio engineers attempted without success to extend the Canadian Ring Ceremony into American engineering schools. The first Engineer's Ring Ceremony in the United States was conducted in 1970 by students at Cleveland State University's Fenn College of Engineering. In 1972, the Order of the Engineer was incorporated in Ohio, and tacit approval was obtained from the Canadian Wardens. The Order's national office remained in Ohio until 1987 when it was relocated to the United Engineering Center in New York City.