Order of the Engineer

Order of the Engineer

Are you ready to accept the Obligation of an Engineer?

The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the United States to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer.

The first ceremony was held on June 4, 1970 at Cleveland State University. Since then, similar ceremonies have been held across the United States at which graduate and registered engineers are invited to accept the Obligation of the Engineer and a stainless steel ring. The ceremonies are conducted by Links (local sections) of the Order.

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 Obligation is a creed similar to the oath attributed to Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.) that is generally taken by medical graduates and which sets forth an ethical code. The Obligation likewise, contains parts of the Canon of Ethics of major engineering societies. Initiates, as they accept it voluntarily, pledge to uphold the standards and dignity of the engineering profession and to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth’s precious wealth.

The Obligation of the Order of the Engineer is similar to the Canadian “Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer” initiated there in 1926. It uses a wrought iron ring, conducts a secret ceremony, and administers an oath authorized by Rudyard Kipling. The extension of the Ritual outside Canada was prevented by copyright and other conflicting factors. The basic premise, however, was adapted for the creation of the Order of the Engineer in the United States in 1970. For more information, please visit:  http://www.order-of-the-engineer.org.

If your answer is “YES” to the above question and you are graduating with an engineering degree, or are a faculty member who has not yet taken the Obligation, you are invited to enter.

Invite your family and friends to the induction ceremony :

May 4th, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. in the J.W. Reitz Union Grand Ballroom

Complimentary Breakfast Will be served for participants and their guest(s) from 7:45am-8:45am

In order to participate in the ceremony, you must pay a fee (details below) and attend a ring sizing session at one of the below times. Students will sign up to attend the Order of the Engineer ceremony during their ring sizing session and must complete the Order of the Engineer Application.

Ring Sizing Sessions:

Location: 200 Weil Hall (except where indicated with a * below)
Dates: March 18th-March 22nd

Times: All times are walk-in and you may stop by at any time that works for you 
within the below windows.

Monday 2-5pm* (this session will take place in Weil Hall 204)
Tuesday 10am-1pm; 2-5pm
Wednesday 10am-1pm; 2-5pm
Thursday 10am-1pm; 2-5pm
Friday 10am-1pm; 2-5pm

Fees to cover initiation expenses must be paid in cash or by check at the time of your ring sizing.  
Checks should be made out to the “University of Florida Foundation”.

$20 for graduating engineering seniors

$25 for engineers who have already graduated

Deadline: March 31st, 2024