Vol. 1 No. 9
The Society has put together some very good educational sessions for those who want to learn more about Plumbing Engineering. Whether you are a seasoned veteran in our industry or just starting out, we have something for you. Whether you are looking to brush up on some old subject matter that you may not have been involved with in some time or are just looking to learn about some of the latest trends and technologies out on the market now, we cover all of the bases.
In this newsletter, I am touching on some of the educational opportunities that are now available to everyone. These educational sessions are in addition to those technical sessions your local Chapter offers on a monthly basis.
I am asking that you please make your members aware of everything that ASPE has to offer in ways of educational opportunities because not a day goes by without someone asking: Where can I get information on this problem? The answer should be ASPE! Please take a few minutes to check out our latest programs and familiarize yourself with what ASPE has to offer. We need your support in promoting our educational tools.
Plumbing 101 Webinar…
The Society is hosting a Plumbing 101: 12 Steps to a Successful Plumbing Design webinar on Wednesday, July 20th at 2 PM EST. The webinar will be presented by Joe Hernandez, CPD, of the Eastern Michigan Chapter.
Joe is the Senior Mechanical Engineer at his firm and graduated with an Associate's Degree in Science and Architecture from the Henry Ford Community College and graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Technology.
Both beginner and seasoned engineers can benefit from this webinar by learning 12 simple, yet valuable steps to successfully design a plumbing system. These 12 steps serve as a road map that will help plumbing engineers navigate a project's specific tasks from beginning to end.
For each step, Joe will explain how to reference the appropriate Plumbing Engineering Design Handbook volume, which is a valuable tool to help plumbing engineers and designers navigate the most difficult projects.
As a bonus, the webinar will provide insight on the subject matter covered on the CPD exam. Joe will also explain which handbooks to reference for those interested in sitting for the CPD exam next year.
Don’t forget, every person who participates in the webinar will earn 0.1 CEU or 1.0 PDH, so to register, just click on the following link: https://aspe.org/CurrentWebinar.
ASPE also offers numerous online education courses. Just go to the Educational Programs & Tools tab on the ASPE website, and you will find more information on these courses.
Each course is a one-hour PowerPoint presentation that concludes with a short test. Those who pass the test earn CEUs, which can be applied toward their CPD recertification or PE license.
This is a great way to earn continuing education credits while learning about the latest systems and designs. The topics that are available are:
· Construction Administration
· Defective Trap Seal Identification System
· Energy Relationships with Water Heaters and Boilers (2 parts)
· Fire Pump Design & Testing (2 parts)
· Foam Systems
· Fuel Gas Systems
· Sanitary Drainage Systems
· Solar Water Heating
· Structural Adhesives
· Venting Systems
· Water Purification – Mistakes and Miscalculations
· Water Reclamation (2 parts)
I am encouraging every Chapter VP Education and VP Technical to please let your Chapters know about these online courses in your next newsletter article. ASPE is a great source of educational information. We just need to get the word out and make sure everyone knows where to find this information.
In case you were not aware, once a webinar has been presented, the Society archives that webinar for future viewing. The archived webinar can be viewed by anyone, including nonmembers, any time of the day and at their leisure.
If the participant viewed the webinar during the original broadcast, they can watch the webinar again at no additional cost. This allows you to re-review the material and help strengthen your understanding of the presentation. Those individuals who did not watch the original broadcast must pay the member or nonmember price to view the webinar for the first time.
This is a great way to catch up on the webinars if your schedule did not allow you to watch the original broadcast.
The same holds true for those webinars that were previously broadcast for free. ASPE members can review these webinars for free, but to earn CEUs you must pay the full price for the presentation. Nonmembers must also pay the full price to view the webinar, so this is a great reason to get those nonmembers to join ASPE. By doing so, they receive all the benefits of joining the Society while also being able to view past webinars at a discounted rate or even for free.
Please let your members know about this learning opportunity, and hopefully they too will start taking advantage of the webinars.
PS&D Continuing Education…
PS&D Magazine is another great source for technical information. Through numerous programs, ASPE can help our members accumulate the CEUs required for maintaining their CPD status.
All you have to do is read the continuing education article and complete the accompanying form, which will allow you to earn CEUs. One hour of time is all it takes to earn 0.1 CEU, provided you earn a grade of 90% or higher on the test. This is another great way to increase your technical knowledge and worth to your employer while inexpensively earning CEUs.
A new topic is available every month, and right now there are thirteen different topics available. Some of those topics include:
· Private Water Wells
· Water System Design
· On-site Wastewater Reuse and Storm Water Harvesting
· Gasoline and Diesel Oil Systems
· Pharmaceutical Drainage Systems
· Recirculating Domestic Hot Water Systems
· Chilled Drinking Water Systems
This is another option for your members to take advantage of the learning opportunities ASPE has to offer.
The Society wants to help you, but you need to help us first. Pam Newman, our Education Program Coordinator at ASPE, has put together a very short survey looking for your feedback regarding the Speakers Bureau.
The survey has five short questions about your experiences with the Speakers Bureau and how the Society can help you in the future locate qualified speakers for your technical sessions.
The survey will only take you a few minutes to fill out and will help us tremendously in our effort to provide you with the information you need. I always hear the same question: Where can we go to find someone to speak on a specific topic? Well, the answer is the Speakers Bureau, and we are always updating the database based on the Chapter Program Evaluation Forms that each Chapter should be completing and submitting on a monthly basis. This is another reason why we ask that you complete those reports on a regular basis.
Please help us and your peers out be taking five minutes to complete the survey and answer a few questions about how we can help you. Thanks for your input! To access the survey click here: http://bit.ly/ogzC3t.
Technical Symposium Reminder…
We are getting closer to the Technical Symposium every day. Registrations are already being submitted, which shows that our members are anxious to be a part of this great event.
To learn more about the Technical Symposium that is being held at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel inside the Disney World Resort in Orlando, just go to the ASPE website. Registration information is there also. As a bonus, early registrants can save $50 per person but only if they register by September 15.
Don’t forget that a golf outing is scheduled for Thursday, October 27 and a product show that follows at 5 p.m. Please keep these early events in mind when you are making your travel and hotel arrangements.
The Society is always looking for great topics to present every month, and we need your help. The Chapters are always asking their members for suggestions regarding monthly technical sessions. Now it is the Society’s turn to ask you: What would you like to see presented as the next webinar?
The Society wants to make sure we are meeting the needs of our Chapters and members, and what better way than to ask for your help. We are open to all of your ideas, so please forward your suggestions to myself, Pam Newman, or Cliff Reis. Our contact information is listed at the end of this newsletter. Thank you in advance for your help!
Board of Director’s Meeting…
The next Board of Director’s Meeting is scheduled for July 29 and 30. It is not too early to start putting together your questions for the Board. No subject is off limits, and the Board is encouraging your questions and comments. If you want to get something off your chest or maybe have some ideas on how we can better educate our members, please let me know. We also want to hear your thoughts on how we as a Society can do a better job to retain our current members while gaining new members.
· Social Media: Does your chapter have a Facebook page or do you want to start one? Please contact Pam Newman at ASPE for more information. ASPE’s Facebook page is here: http://bit.ly/ASPEFacebook.
· Fuel Gas, Sanitary Drainage, and Venting PowerPoint Educational Programs are available for Chapters to purchase on the ASPE website. Just look in the Officers section under the Membership tab.
· The compassionate dues waiver for ASPE members is still available. If you or any of your members needs some financial relief, please contact Stacey Kidd, our Membership Director, at 847-296-0002, x227.
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions concerning education or any other issue regarding the Society, please do not hesitate to contact me. I have also listed contact information for Cliff Reis and Pam Newman. You can reach us at:
Mitch Clemente, CPD
Westlake Reed Leskosky
925 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1900
Cleveland, OH 44115
ASPE Director of Education
Phone: 847- 296-0002 x236
ASPE Education Program Coordinator
Phone: 847-296-0002 x-229.