Professional Engineers of North Carolina is an organization dedicated to meeting the needs of all engineers, regardless of discipline. We strive to provide the tools you need to remain secure in your career, connected to your professional community, and informed about the constantly changing engineering industry.
Protecting Your License, Profession, and Livelihood
PENC is the ONLY organization that fully represents and protects your PE license through our close relationship with the NC Licensing Board and our government relations efforts. The Executive Director (a lobbyist with over 10 years experience!) and Public Policy Committee strive to ensure that PENC is a unified voice representing the interests of the engineering community.
By encouraging our members to be informed, politically active citizens, PENC works to uphold the integrity of the profession, preserve the field of engineering in NC government, and protect the engineer's scope of practice.
*Premium members also benefit from advocacy at the national level through membership in NSPE. Click here for more information on NSPE's advocacy efforts.
Continuing Education & Professional Development
PENC provides over 100 professional development hours a year so that you can easily obtain the credits you need to stay current in your field and maintain your license.
Chapter meetings and statewide conferences and seminars offer ample oppourtunities to earn your PDHs in person.
If convenience and cost is your priority, you can enjoy earning credits from the comfort of your home or office by participating in PENC's Brown Bag Webinar Series or Online Courses - both FREE for our members!
*Premium members also benefit from professional development opportunites through NSPE. Click here for more information.
Stay current on local, state and national engineering news with the PENC's members-only monthly e-newsletter, Building our World.*
News of the Profession
The Professional Engineer, the only North Carolina-focused engineering magazine in the state, features articles relevant to engineers here in NC and is free to members!
* Premium members also receive the very popular daily E-news series from NSPE, Daily Designs. Premium members also receive NSPE's monthly publication, PE magazine, that is packed with up-to-the-minute reporting and articles covering licensing, education, employment, ethics, legal and liability issues, and more.
The PENC Career Center is your resource for making online employment connections in the engineering industry. Our online job board allows employers to post - and job seekers to find - the premier engineering jobs in the state and region.
Gain the leadership training that translates to promotions when you join PENC. By serving in a position of governance or on one of PENC's committees, you improve your ability to lead and manage others.
*Premium members also benefit from access to the online job board at NSPE as well as leadership opportunities at the national level. Also, the NSPE Engineering Income & Salary Survey gives members who participate unlimited report access to the latest industry earning statistics, from a large interactive survey of working engineers.
Network with your local colleagues at monthly chapter meetings, or meet engineers from across the state at events like the November Seminars, December Seminars, and the Summer Conference. PENC events provide opportunities to develop meaningful relationships and share ideas with fellow engineers.
PENC Interest Groups allows members to participate in practice-specific networking and training opportunities and strengthen professional alliances.
Connect with your colleagues virtually through online forums, the PENC blog Eyewitness Engineer, and social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
PENC promotes the sustainability of the profession by partnering with organizations like MATHCOUNTS, Future City Competition, National E-Week, and JETS to sponsor educational initiatives that prepare students for careers in engineering.
Scholarships, student chapters, and the Student Mentoring program demonstrate PENC's support of engineering education at the university level.
Constant efforts are made to demonstrate the importance of engineering to the general public elevate the status of the profession in our society.
Discounts and Savings
As a member, you are entitled to discounts on a wide variety of services for your professional and personal life through PENC's Affiliate Partners that offer Insurance and Business Services.
*Premium members also have access to dscounts and savings with NSPE's Benefit Partners.
*State-only Associate and Non-Engineer Associate members are not eligible for the Premium membership benefits.
Hear what PENC Members have to say about the value of membership:
|"I thought that PENC would allow me to quickly get involved with the Wilmington engineering community especially because I was new to the area and the only engineer in my program. It was one of the best decisions I made. My experiences in PENC have increased my appreciation for my profession and I have personally benefited from the leadership opportunities that came my way."
-Ken Diehl, PE, PhD
Engineering Programs, UNCW
|"I have benefitted personally in large form from the opportunity PENC gave me for genuine leadership development. There is nothing like honing your leadership skills to inspire and motivate a volunteer organization. Meanwhile, there is real everyday networking benefit by being an active member of PENC. Over the years I have heard Executive Directors say that “your next boss, employee, or client could be sitting next to you at the local chapter meeting.” In fact, that has been the case for me. However, more than anything the networking has provided me with mentors for so many things. That is the invaluable, yet intangible asset of our organization."
-Terri Ratcliff, PE, PhD, F.NSPE
NC State Industrial Extension Services
|"The benefits of my 10-plus years of membership in PENC are numerous. I'm most grateful for the guardianship of my licensure in an active way, the camaraderie and friendships with genuine folks I've met, and the open door to leadership opportunities. What a great organization!"
- Hardy L. Willis, PE
Vaughn & Melton
| "There is really no other organization that promotes the engineering profession. Now, perhaps more than ever before, we have tremendous technical challenges in front of us. As a society, we can convince some of our children to take up these challenges as our future engineers and ensure that we maintain a good standard of living for us all. This may be the single most important thing we do, and in doing so, we allow ourselves to grow as well."
- David Causey, PE