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Order of the Engineer

Order Of The Engineer

“Upholding Devotion to the Standards and Dignity of the Engineering Profession”

What is the “Order of the Engineer”?  Who wears the ”Engineer’s Ring”?  To quote from their web site, “The Order is not a membership organization; there are never any meetings to attend or dues to pay. Instead, the Order fosters a unity of purpose and the honoring of one’s pledge lifelong.” The Order of the Engineer web site ( provides background info, history, and an FAQ in regard the order.  There is also contact info for the local “links” (chapters). 

The Order of the Engineer is an association for graduate and professional engineers in the United States that emphasizes pride and responsibility in the engineering profession. It is similar to the Canadian ceremony, whose success inspired its creation (The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer), and is a common presence in American engineering schools. Before joining, members must take an oath to abide by a code of ethics called The Obligation of an Engineer. Members are given a stainless steel ring called the Engineer’s Ring that is worn on the little finger of the working hand. This is similar to the Iron Ring used in Canadian ceremonies. Unlike the iron ring in Canadian ceremonies, the ring does not have the “manually hammered” appearance, and is instead of a more conventional ring design.

The first ceremony was held on June 4, 1970 at Cleveland State University’s Fenn College of Engineering. Now, almost all states have universities with chapters, called “links”, that host the Order of the Engineer. Several engineering organizations also host links such as NSPE, United States Army Corps of Engineers, and ASCE. At Wayne State University, engineering graduates are awarded the ring while putting their hands through a big ring, then their professor puts the little ring on. After the ceremony, the graduates celebrate by playing with the big ring.

Early attempts to extend The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer to the United States were unsuccessful due to complications including copyright issues.


Order of the Engineer. (2009, December 13). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21:13, December 22, 2009, from  

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