Ice Breaker – Qualified

Each week on The Stretched Blog, I ask an ice breaker question. The questions are designed to help us get to know each other here in The Stretched Community. I’ll provide my answer to the question here in the post, and then you can leave your response in the comments. While you’re in the comments section, see how others answered the ice breaker question.

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Yesterday was an exciting day for my daughter (and our family).  She had her first outdoor track meet of the season.  She ran the 3200 meters (or 2 mile).  Before the race, she talked about qualifying for the conference meet at the end of the season.  She thought she could run the qualifying time, but she wasn’t one hundred percent sure it would happen.  Yesterday, she blew away the qualifying time by over 30 seconds.  Next, she’ll work on qualifying for the 1600 meters (1 mile).

Question:  When did you qualify for something?  For what did you qualify?  What did you have to do to qualify?

My Answer:  I went to college for mechanical engineering.  I earned my degree at Grove City College an ABET accredited school.  This gave me the opportunity to take the Engineer In Training (E.I.T.) or Fundamentals in Engineering (F.E.) exam.  This is the initial step in qualifying for the Professional Engineering exam.  Before I could take the exam and receive my Professional Engineering license, I had to work as an engineer for at least four years under a Professional Engineer.  Once I did this, I had to fill out an application, and I had to sit for the exam.  Finally, I had to achieve a passing score on the exam in order to qualify to become a Professional Engineering.  Now, many years later, I have to take continuing education in order to maintain my license.

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