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  • 07 Mar 2019 8:25 AM | Anonymous

    The City of Sioux Falls has posted a job opening for a Principal Engineer to direct, coordinate, and exercise highly technical functional authority for planning, organization, control, integration, and completion of engineering projects within area of specialized responsibility, including construction, lights, structures, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, street, water, traffic engineering, surveying, and inspection activities. See our Job Openings page for more information. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2019.

  • 18 Feb 2019 3:53 PM | Anonymous

    The February 2019 Edition of the South Dakota Engineer has been published. Enjoy!

    The South Dakota Engineer - 2019 February

  • 14 Feb 2019 2:06 PM | Anonymous

    The City of Sioux Falls has posted a job opening for a Civil Engineer/P.E. to support the Engineering and Stormwater divisions of the City of Sioux Falls Public Works. See our Job Openings page for more information. Deadline to apply has been extended to March 1, 2019.

  • 24 Jan 2019 2:24 PM | Anonymous

    The SDES Black Hills Chapter invites you to join them at their 2019 Engineer's Week Luncheon and Awards Gala on February 20th at 11:30 a.m. at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The Keynote Speaker for the luncheon is Dr. Darren Clabo, SD State Fire Meteorologist and SDSMT Research Scientist. Chapter awards for Engineer of the Year, Young Engineer of the Year and Project of the Year will also be announced. See more information on the Events Page. Registration is requested by February 14th.

  • 04 Jan 2019 6:13 PM | Anonymous

    The application for the SDES Central Chapter's $900 Scholarship is now available on the Student Information and Scholarships page Applicants must be a high school senior and plan on pursuing an engineering career by attending either South Dakota School of Mines and Technology or South Dakota State University in the Fall Semester 2019.  Applicants must have attended a high school in the Central Chapter area. The application deadline is April 1, 2019.  

  • 04 Jan 2019 5:26 PM | Anonymous

    The Black Hills Chapter of SDES is currently accepting applications for two Jody Page Leadership Scholarships. Applicants must be returning, undergraduate engineering students at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology for the Fall Semester 2019. Students with a grade point average above 2.5 in an engineering major program and active in engineering societies and community organizations are encouraged to apply. Applications are due February 14, 2019. See the Student Information and Scholarships page for more information.

  • 02 Nov 2018 12:26 PM | Anonymous

    Applications for the SDES Eastern Chapter's $2000 Scholarship are now available on the Student Information and Scholarships page or through high school counselors.   Applicants should be high school seniors and must be planning on attending an engineering program at either South Dakota School of Mines and Technology or South Dakota State University.  Applicants must have attended a high school in the Eastern Chapter area.  The application deadline is January 16, 2019.  The scholarship recipient is presented with the award at the Chapter’s Annual Engineering Banquet, usually held in mid February.

  • 05 Oct 2018 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    The City of Rapid City has an opening for a Solid Waste Superintendent. The position is set to close on October 14, 2018. Find out more on our Job Openings page.

  • 06 Sep 2018 8:15 AM | Anonymous

    Over the last several months, the Executive Board and Board of Directors have been reviewing and updating the documents previously known as the SDES Bylaws and Constitution. At the Summer Board Meeting, the Board of Directors approved the first reading, with a few minor revisions, and voted to send the proposed documents to you, the membership, for review and comment. Comments are due to Nancy Hoines no later than September 20, 2018. Visit the Bylaws and Constitution page under the Members Only Section to view the proposed documents. 

  • 30 Jul 2018 1:34 PM | Anonymous

    PE Day Press Release.pdf


    Pierre, South Dakota: Governor Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed August 1, 2018, as Professional Engineers Day in South Dakota. In his proclamation, Daugaard recognizes licensed professional engineers as dedicated to applying scientific knowledge, mathematics, and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical, societal, and commercial problems while holding paramount the public health, safety, and welfare.


    In the proclamation of Professional Engineers Day, the Governor also recognizes the significant contributions South Dakota’s licensed professional engineers have made on a local and national scale and that South Dakota’s economy has grown, in part, because its licensed professional engineers are instrumental to South Dakota communities.


    August 1, 2018 will mark the third annual Professional Engineers Day as declared by the South Dakota Engineering Society (SDES), in conjunction with the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). NSPE is an organization, founded in 1934, representing the interests of more than 31,000 licensed professional engineers and those on the path to licensure.


    According to NSPE, as recent as a century ago, anyone could work as an engineer without proof of competency. In order to protect the public health, safety, and welfare, the first engineering licensure law was enacted in 1907 in Wyoming. Now every state, including South Dakota, regulates the practice of engineering to ensure public safety by granting only Professional Engineers (PEs) the authority to sign and seal engineering plans and offer their services to the public.


    To become licensed, engineers must complete a four-year college degree, work under a Professional Engineer for at least four years, pass two intensive competency exams and earn a license from their state's licensure board. Then, to retain their licenses, PEs must continually maintain and improve their skills throughout their careers by fulfilling continuing education requirements.


    Only a licensed engineer may prepare, sign and seal, and submit engineering plans and drawings to a public authority for approval, or seal engineering work for public and private clients. PEs shoulder the responsibility for not only their work, but also for the lives affected by that work and must hold themselves to high ethical standards of practice.


    South Dakota Engineering Society President Ryan Johnson encourages anyone interested in finding out more about the state’s Professional Engineers or the process required to become licensed in South Dakota to contact the SDES Executive Director, Nancy Hoines, at or visit the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions website at Professionals Engineers interested in becoming a member of SDES and NSPE should also contact Hoines or visit


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