Professional Engineers Committee



CONSOL Energy Inc. is a funding partner for the SME Professional Engineers Committee. CONSOL Energy Inc. is a Canonsburg, Pennsylvania-based producer and exporter of thermal and metallurgical coal, owning and operating some of the most productive longwall mining operations in the Northern App Basin. CONSOL’s Pennsylvania Mining Complex, comprised of Bailey, Enlow Fork, and Harvey Mines, currently operate 5 longwalls and has a capacity of 28.5 MM clean tons high-Btu coal in 2023. CONSOL also operates the Itmann Mine in the Central App Basin, which is expected to have a 900,000 clean ton per year capacity of premium, low-vol metallurgical coking coal. The company also owns and operates the CONSOL Marine Terminal in Baltimore which has a throughput capacity of ~20 million tons per year. In total, the company controls approximately 1.3 billion tons of coal reserves and resources located in the eastern United States.

The SME Foundation thanks CONSOL Energy Inc. for their support and generosity of the SME Professional Engineers Committee Program fund.

The SME Professional Engineers Committee (P.E. Committee) performs non-examination work critical for the PE license. Focus of the committee includes continued writing and publishing of the Study Guide and Practice Exam, updating the Mining Reference Handbook; outreach through webinars and Speakers Bureau; and participating as a liaison with the NCEES group and as SME representation in two ongoing national efforts concerning advocacy of the PE license: the License that Works Committee, and the Professional Liaison Organization Council.

SME is the only organization in the United States that sponsors the NCEES PE Committee that prepares examination questions for the licensure of mining and mineral processing engineers. Without this program, there would be no state certification for engineers in mining and mineral processing and, consequently, little incentive for college students to pursue careers in our industry.

The SME PE Committee continues its 33-year history of serving the Society through the activities mentioned above. Currently, the SME PE Committee has online bi-monthly meetings and expects to resume the annual face-to-face workshop at the SME Annual Meeting. The SME PE Committee is always looking to add additional members. We invite you to join our service to the Society. Please contact Dr. Andrew Schissler, PE at for details.

I am now a Professional Mining Engineer – so what?

By Maria Gobitz, Mining Engineer

A professional engineering license is a rite of passage for most young engineers, learn what the exam meant for one engineer

Just over a year ago, I was one of 82 individuals across the United States anxiously awaiting to hear if I had passed my Mining/Mineral Professional Engineering (PE) license exam. I spent 8 hours answering 80 multiple choice questions in a room in Phoenix. This exam was not just another test for me—it was a milestone in my career.  Click here to read Maria's story

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