Order of the Engineer Ring Ceremony

Order of the Engineer Ring Ceremony
April 2016
University of Maine
Arthur St. John Hill Auditorium

Register by March 20th
Application – Word Doc./ pdf
Ringsizer – pdf


Please complete this application and remit with the $15.00 fee payable to MeSPE to:
Russell G. Martin, PE F.NSPE
Treasurer, Maine Society of Professional Engineers
96 Maine Street Suite 247
Brunswick, Maine  04011

Questions?: call Russell Martin at 207-449-0339
or email: rgmartinpe@comcast.net

– graduate of an ABET accredited engineering program
– student within two years of graduating from an ABET accredited engineering program

You will need to know the ring size of the fifth finger of your working hand. If you don’t know this, you can still participate in the ceremony and your ring will be sent afterwards. The fee for the ceremony is $15. See the online application for more details.

About The Order

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 on the Order of the Engineer ceremony, go online to