(225 ILCS 325/4)
(from Ch. 111, par. 5204)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2030)
As used in this Act:
(a) "Address of record" means the designated address recorded by the Department in the applicant's or licensee's application file or license file maintained by the Department's licensure maintenance unit.
(a-5) "Approved engineering curriculum" means
an engineering curriculum or program
of 4 academic years or more that meets the standards established by the
rules of the Department.
(b) "Board" means the State Board of Professional Engineers of the
(c) "Department" means the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
(d) "Design professional" means an architect, structural engineer, or
professional engineer practicing in conformance with the Illinois
Architecture Practice Act of 1989, the Structural
Engineering Practice Act of 1989 or the
Professional Engineering Practice Act of 1989.
(f) "Direct supervision/responsible charge" means work
prepared under the control of a licensed professional engineer or that
work as to which that professional engineer has detailed professional
knowledge. The Department may further define this term by rule.
(f-5) "Email address of record" means the designated email address of record by the Department in the applicant's application file or the licensee's license file as maintained by the Department's licensure maintenance unit.
(g) "Engineering college" means a school, college, university,
department of a university or other educational institution, reputable
and in good standing in accordance with rules prescribed by the
Department, and which grants baccalaureate degrees in engineering.
(h) "Engineering system or facility" means a system or facility whose
design is based upon the application of the principles of science for
the purpose of modification of natural states of being.
(i) "Engineer intern" means a person who is a candidate for
licensure as a professional engineer and who has been enrolled as an
(j) "Enrollment" means an action by the Department to record those
individuals who have met the Department's requirements for an engineer
(k) "License" means an official document issued by the Department to
an individual, a corporation, a partnership, a professional
service corporation, a limited liability company, or a sole proprietorship,
signifying authority to
(l) "Negligence in the practice of professional engineering" means the
failure to exercise that degree of reasonable professional skill, judgment
and diligence normally rendered by professional engineers in the
practice of professional engineering.
(m) "Professional engineer" means a person licensed under the laws
of the State of Illinois to practice professional engineering.
(n) "Professional engineering" means the application of science to the
design of engineering systems and facilities using the knowledge,
skills, ability and professional judgment developed through professional
engineering education, training and experience.
(o) "Professional engineering practice" means the consultation on,
conception, investigation, evaluation, planning, and design of, and
selection of materials to be used in, administration of
construction contracts for, or site observation of,
an engineering system
or facility, where such consultation, conception, investigation,
evaluation, planning, design, selection, administration, or observation
requires extensive knowledge of engineering laws, formulae, materials,
practice, and construction methods. A person shall be construed to
practice or offer to practice professional engineering, within the
meaning and intent of this Act, who practices, or who, by verbal claim,
sign, advertisement, letterhead, card, or any other way, is represented
to be a professional engineer, or through the use of the initials "P.E."
or the title "engineer" or any of its derivations or some other title
implies licensure as a professional engineer, or holds himself or herself out as able to
perform any service which is recognized as professional engineering
Examples of the practice of professional engineering include, but are not limited to, transportation facilities and publicly owned
utilities for a region or community,
railroads, railways, highways, subways, canals, harbors, river
improvements; land development; stormwater detention, retention, and conveyance, excluding structures defined under Section 5 of the Structural Engineering Practice Act of 1989; irrigation works; aircraft and airports; traffic engineering;
waterworks, piping systems, sewers, sewage disposal
works, storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water system modeling; plants for the generation of
power; devices for the utilization of power; boilers; refrigeration
plants, air conditioning systems and plants; heating systems and plants;
plants for the transmission or distribution of power; electrical plants
which produce, transmit, distribute, or utilize electrical energy; works
for the extraction of minerals from the earth; plants for the refining,
alloying or treating of metals; chemical works and industrial plants
involving the use of chemicals and chemical processes; plants for the
production, conversion, or utilization of nuclear, chemical, or radiant
energy; forensic engineering, geotechnical engineering including,
subsurface investigations; soil and rock classification, geology and geohydrology,
incidental to the practice of professional engineering; geohydrological investigations, migration pathway analysis (including evaluation of building and site elements), soil and groundwater management zone analysis and design; energy
analysis, environmental risk assessments, corrective action plans, design, remediation, protection plans and systems, hazardous waste mitigation and control, and environmental control or remediation systems;
recognition, measurement, evaluation and control of environmental systems and
emissions; control systems, evaluation and design of engineered barriers, excluding structures defined under Section 5 of the Structural Engineering Practice Act of 1989; modeling of pollutants in water, soil, and air; engineering surveys of sites, facilities, and topography specific to a design project, not including land boundary establishment; automated building management systems; control or remediation systems; computer controlled or integrated systems; automatic fire notification and suppression systems; investigation and assessment of indoor air inhalation exposures and design of abatement and remediation systems;
or the provision of professional engineering site observation of the
construction of works and engineering systems. In the performance of any of the foregoing functions, a licensee shall adhere to the standards of professional conduct enumerated in 68 Ill. Adm. Code 1380.300. Nothing contained in
this Section imposes upon a person licensed under this Act the
responsibility for the performance of any of the foregoing functions
unless such person specifically contracts to provide it. Nothing in this Section shall preclude an employee from acting under the direct supervision or responsible charge of a licensed professional engineer.
(p) "Project representative" means the professional engineer's
representative at the project site who assists in the administration of
the construction contract.
(q) "Registered" means the same as "licensed" for purposes of this Act.
(r) "Related science curriculum" means a 4-year program of study, the
satisfactory completion of which results in a Bachelor of Science
degree, and which contains courses from such areas as life, earth,
engineering and computer sciences, including, but not limited to, physics
and chemistry. In the study of these sciences, the objective is to
acquire fundamental knowledge about the nature of its phenomena,
including quantitative expression, appropriate to particular fields of
(s) "Rules" means the rules adopted pursuant to this Act.
(t) "Seal" means the seal in compliance with Section 14 of this Act.
(t-5) "Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation.
(u) "Site observation" means visitation of the construction site for the
purpose of reviewing, as available, the quality and conformance of the
work to the technical submissions as they relate to design.
(v) "Support design professional" means a professional engineer
practicing in conformance with the Professional Engineering Practice Act
of 1989, who provides services to the design professional who has
(Source: P.A. 101-310, eff. 8-9-19.)