Engineering Accreditation

Engineering Accreditation

In today’s increasingly competitive engineering world, engineering accreditation equates to value. A program with engineering accreditation signifies to the public, the professional world, and the students themselves that said program meets the standards required to produce capable and prepared graduates. Programs with engineering accreditation benefit from the higher standard, and the students can enjoy far better job prospects, graduate school options, and the ability to work on an international level. Accreditation ensures that the students have not only received a top-quality education, but that they are capable of entering employment or graduate school with the necessary skills.

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)

ABET is the chief, non-governmental organization that is responsible for evaluating schools for accreditation. Their criteria for accredited engineering schools include:

- Student Performance
- Program Educational Objectives
- Student Outcomes
- Continuous Improvement
- Curriculum
- Faculty
- Faculties
- Institutional Support

Schools undergo rigorous application processes to achieve accreditation. Before the application process can even begin, schools spend years preparing for evaluation, such as collecting student work examples, demonstrating continuous improvement, and reviewing the most up-to-date Accreditation Criteria, Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual, and Self-Study Questionnaire(s) which are updated every year.

Engineering Accreditation Commissions

The commissions within ABET are largely responsible for reviewing and evaluating educational programs. They tend to make the final decision about whether or not a given program meets their expectations and should be granted accreditation. Their top members make the final decisions about all major program accreditation actions.

Each accreditation commission is responsible for constant review and advancement of its particular criteria, policies, and procedures, although many commissions consider themselves responsible for advancing engineering for students, professionals, and the benefit of humanity.

American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) – The AAEE has dedicated itself to the practice of environmental engineering in order to ensure the public health, safety, and welfare to enable humankind to co-exist in harmony with nature.

The American Ceramic Society’s National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (ACerS/NICE) – NICE, with a focus on glass and ceramic engineering, works to evaluate materials science and engineering programs with specialties or emphasis in ceramics.

American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) – The ACSM advances the sciences of surveying and mapping and related fields, in furtherance of the welfare of those who use and make maps.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) – AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession, the progress of engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) – AIChE serves as the leading organization for chemical engineers, from core process industries to the emerging areas, such as nanobiotechnology.

American Nuclear Society (ANS) – The core purpose of ANS is to promote the awareness and understanding of the application of nuclear science and technology.

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) – The ASABE  is the leading educational and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – The ASCE works to assist its members and partners, promote civil engineering an engineers, advance technology,  and serve the public good.

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) – As a non-profit organization, ASEE brings together engineering educators from all of the engineering fields to promote excellence in instruction, research, public service, and practice.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) – The ASHRAE and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and sustainability within the industry.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) – ASME works to serve the entire engineering community, advancing, disseminating and applying engineering knowledge to improve the quality of life.

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) – The BMES builds and supports the biomedical engineering community, advances human health and well-being, and promotes biomedical professionals.

Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB) – As one of the four members of the ABET board of Directors,  CSAB is responsible for the evaluation and training of evaluators of programs of computer science, information systems, software engineering, and information technology.

Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – IEEE’s main purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) – The IIE is responsible for cutting-edge continuing education in industrial engineering, being a source of productivity improvement information, and being the only association that supports the profession of industrial engineering and promotes an increased awareness of the value of industrial engineers.

International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) – INCOSE works to share, promote and advance the best of systems engineering from across the globe.

National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) – The NCEES develops, administers, and scores the examinations used for engineering and surveying licensure in the United States.

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) – As the recognized voice of licensed Professional Engineers, the NSPE works to enhance the image of its members and their ability to ethically and professionally practice engineering.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) – The SEA is a global body of scientists, engineers, and practitioners that advances self-propelled vehicle and system knowledge in a neutral forum for the benefit of society

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) – SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technologies and to the most up-to-date manufacturing processes.

Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc. (SME-AIME) – The SME-AIME’s minerals professionals work to advance the worldwide mining and minerals community through information exchange and professional development.

Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) – The mission of the SNAME is to advance the art, science and practice of naval architecture, marine engineering, ocean engineering and other marine-related professions.

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) – The SPE works to advance the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources, and related technologies.

The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) – The TMS encompasses the entire range of materials and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production to basic research and the advanced applications of materials.

Additional Resources

International Engineering Alliance – This site looks at the international agreements that govern the mutual recognition of both engineering qualifications and professional competence in the field.

Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs – US News ranks the top undergrad engineering programs in the United States as of Spring 2011. All the schools that participate in the peer assessment survey used to determine the list are ABET accredited.

Find Accredited Engineering Programs – All currently accredited programs are compiled and searchable by country and region in the ABET database

Become a Professional Engineer – Learn the steps to take towards become a state-certified professional engineer, the highest standard of competence, a symbol of achievement and assurance of quality.

Architecture and Engineering Occupations – The United States Bureau of Labor statistics takes a look at engineering careers, the level of education required, average salary, and job outlook for the next couple years.

The Top Ten Benefits of Becoming an Engineer – The University of Florida looks at carefully compiled statistics, surveys, and student and professional feedback to determine why engineers praise their jobs as being particularly rewarding.