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Ohio R.C. section 4733.01

< A.C. 4733-1  |  R.C. 4733.011 >

Professional engineer and professional surveyor definitions.

As used in this chapter:

(A) “Professional engineer” means a person registered as a professional engineer under this chapter.

(B) “Engineer” means a graduate of an accredited engineering curriculum or a person registered as a professional engineer under this chapter, or both.

(C) “Accredited engineering curriculum” means an engineering curriculum accredited by the engineering accreditation commission of ABET, Inc.

(D) “ABET, Inc.” means the accreditation board for engineering and technology.

(E) “The practice of engineering” includes any professional service, such as consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning, design, or inspection of construction or operation for the purpose of assuring compliance with drawings or specifications in connection with any public or privately owned public utilities, structures, buildings, machines, equipment, processes, works, or projects in the proper rendering of which the qualifications of section 4733.11 of the Revised Code are required to protect the public welfare or to safeguard life, health, or property.

(F) “Professional surveyor” means a person who is registered as a professional surveyor under this chapter.

(G) “Practice of surveying” means any professional service that requires the application of special knowledge of the principles of mathematics, the related physical and applied sciences, and the relevant requirements of law for the adequate performance of the art of surveying, including, but not limited to, measuring the area or the contours of any portion of the earth's surface, the lengths and directions of the bounding lines, and the contour of the surface, for their correct determination and description and for conveyancing for recording, or for the establishment or re-establishment of land boundaries and the platting of lands and subdivisions; and like measurements and operations involved in the surveying of mines, commonly known as “mine surveying.”

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 70, HB 202, §1, eff. 06/03/2014.

HISTORY: GC § 1083-2; 115 v 355, § 2; 123 v 701; Bureau of Code Revision, 10-01-1953; 130 v 1146 (Effective 09-10-1963); 133 v H 610 (Effective 11-21-1969); 140 v H 562 (Effective 04-04-1985); 144 v H 482 (Effective 07-01-1993); 149 v H 337. Effective Date 08-06-2002.