Our Mission & History
What We Do – Our Mission
The Professional Engineers of Oregon (PEO) exists to unify engineering professionals under a code of conduct, ethics, professionalism, a standard of technical excellence and public safety. We are the voice of Oregon’s engineers to promote and protect licensure. PEO represents the profession in development of public policy and provides opportunities for professional development, fellowship, and local and global public service.
Our Desired Future – Vision
The Professional Engineers of Oregon (PEO) is Oregon’s professional association providing leadership in all engineering disciplines. We promote the professional engineer as a recognized voice in society through legislative advocacy, public education, and adherence to engineering principles and standards.
Diverse Membership of licensed engineers since 1929:
- Acoustical Engineering (AC)
- Agricultural Engineering (AG)
- Building Systems (BS)
- Chemical Engineering (CH)
- Civil Engineering (CE)
- Control Systems Engineering (CS)
- Electrical Engineering (EE)
- Environmental Engineering (EN)
- Fire Protection Engineering (FP)
- Forest Engineering (FR)
- Geotechnical Engineering (GE)
- Industrial Engineering (IE)
- Manufacturing Engineering (MF)
- Mechanical Engineering (ME)
- Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
- Mining Engineering (MI)
- Naval Arch/Marine Engineering (NA)
- Nuclear Engineering (NU)
- Petroleum Engineer (PT)
Member Chapters Located Around the State:
Columbia Chapter: Tri Counties of Portland and the counties west to the Pacific Ocean and east to Sherman County.
Mid-Willamette Chapter: Lincoln, Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Benton, Linn and Lane counties.
Rogue Valley Chapter: Medford, Grants Pass, Ashland and White City and all Jackson County.
Southwestern Chapter: Coos Bay, North Bend, Waldport, Port Orford and all the South Coast Region.
Central Oregon Chapter: Bend, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver, LaPine, Madras, Warm Springs – Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook County
PEO began in 1929, a few years before the 1934 creation of NSPE.
Currently, PEO performs three major functions in Oregon:
1. We act as the conduit of information within the membership and between the members and the outside world. That outside world includes the legislature, licensing board (OSBEELS), the universities and major employers, as well as with other state societies and organizations. In that regard, we act as the collective voice of our members, and take positions on issues to advance the aims of practicing licensed engineers.
2. We encourage networking between engineers and promoting the sharing of ideas both within the profession, as well as providing a venue for social activities.
3. We function as teachers, organizing and disseminating information about the profession, licensure, education requirements, sharing math and science with students and otherwise de-mystify the realm of engineers in society.