Nick Hitchcock of Patti Engineering.

The Professional Engineer License and What it Means if Hiring an Engineering Company to Assist with Automation Projects

Nick Hitchcock
Nick Hitchcock

Nick Hitchcock of Patti Engineering’s Austin, Texas branch, recently earned his Professional Engineer (PE) license from the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. Nick is Patti Engineering’s fourth engineer to earn the Professional Engineer’s License.

When selecting an engineering company to partner with on your project, working with top talent can make all the difference. Patti Engineering is proud to have Professional Engineers on our team, dedicated and committed to engineering excellence. To clients, a PE license means the engineer has the credentials to earn their trust.  Among colleagues, it commands respect. To an engineer, it’s a symbol of pride and measure of hard-won achievement.

To earn a PE license, 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.

Hitchcock joined Patti Engineering in 2008 and has been the lead engineer for major client projects involving the design and development of automation hardware and software solutions. Many of those projects involved Siemens controlled equipment in transportation environments, including powertrain projects for diesel engine assembly lines and robotic gantry projects for machining processes. In addition to his PE license, Hitchcock is among an elite group of industrial automation professionals to achieve Siemens Global Technical Certification in the SIMATIC Technology areas of S7 PLCs, SIMATIC HMIs, and SIMATIC Networking. Hitchcock earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Dearborn.

Congratulations Nick, on your hard-won achievement!

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