September NJSPE Update
7 PDH Webinar Offered by NYSSPE

September 23 & 24, 2020 

Firestopping Requirements of the New ASTM Firestop Inspection Standards & the International Building Code

7 PDHs - NY Approved
*Also approved with International Code Council (ICC) - 0.7 CEUs

With the new firestop inspection standards now being required by the
2014 NYB Building Code we will focus on understanding the requirements
of sections 714 and 715 of the 2015 IBC along with the ASTM firestop
inspection standards. Focusing on providing awareness of listed joint and penetration systems to be inspected.

This program will provide helpful hints for firestop inspection and plan review and we will be reviewing the proper way to inspect per the ASTM inspection standards along with the proper paperwork required.
Overall, attendees will leave this program informed, encouraged, and equipped with the numerous tips and techniques to help them in their field of work.


Firestopping is a critical area of fire protection in commercial buildings to limit the spread of building fires. This is the reason NYC Department of Buildings changed their new 2014 code to require firestop special inspections utilizing the ASTM firestop inspection standards for all buildings.

According to these standards, the inspector shall provide visual and/or destructive testing for a percentage of the firestop systems. The New ASTM firestop inspection standards have proven to be an excellent standard to protect the liability of the special inspection agency and general contractors. To reduce your liability these standards need to be adhered to, so NYSSPE has supported firestop special inspection training for its membership.

Speakers Information:
Brice Miller- Fire Containment Training Services, LLC
Brice has over 25 years' experience as a code official and 13 years as a firestop trainer. He has provided firestop presentations to thousands of Firestop Special Inspectors and State International Code Council (ICC) Chapters throughout the country. Brice proposed the ICC Firestop Inspector Certification and has assisted ICC with not only their firestop publications but had the opportunity to develop two full day firestop presentations, for their on-line firestop training.
He served for 2 ½ years as the Executive Director of the
International Firestop Council.

Dates & Times of webinar:
September 23, 2020
9:30am - 11:30am
1:30pm - 3:30pm

September 24, 2020
9:30am - 11:00am
1:30pam - 3:00pm

Seminar Registration Fee:
All registration MUST be paid by Credit Card at time of registration

Member/ Sustaining Member $250
Non-Member - $300

More Information - Click Here / Registration - Click Here

Call for Volunteers - STEM professionals to discuss robotics
The New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers was recently contacted by a teacher at Robbinsville High School who is the coach of a Robotics team, participating in the FIRST Tech Challenge program. His team, FTC 14020 Nemesis Prime ( reaching out to see if any STEM professional at NJSPE would be interested in volunteering to talk to robotics students in New Jersey. With at home learning, it is difficult to engage in hands-on learning. Therefore these informative presentations by professionals will help teach and inspire students this season.The talk would include, but is not limited to:
  • (~10 min) Description of your job and what it entails
  • (~10 min) The path that you took to obtain the position (here the presenter can promote or discredit "norms" ex; the college you go to determines your success)
  • (~10 min) Tips or other life lessons you may have
  • (~20 min) Demonstration/talk about a specific topic of your choice involving your area of expertise (ex: cryptocurrency, machine learning, nuclear waste/geiger counter, virtual interfaces...)
  • (OPTIONAL) A virtual tour of your work area
A brief Q&A will follow the presentation.The proposed dates for presentations are as follows:
  • 10/9, 10/23, 11/7, 11/21, 12/4, 12/18 starting at 7 pm.
If you are interested please contact Matthew Brady at so he can provide further logistical information.

Big news from MATHCOUNTS!! 
Do you know a 6, 7 or 8th grader who loves math or possibly needs to improve his or her math skills? Maybe MATHCOUNTS is the answer. MATHCOUNTS has a free National Math Club that give students an opportunity to play fun math games in a non-competitive social environment. MATHCOUNTS also has a nationwide competition series. All of the competitions through the State level will be online for the 2020-2021 year. This and other changes will expand access to a larger group of potential participants.  
Who can register? Any type of school, of any size, can register—public, private, religious, charter, virtual or home school can register up to 15 students (up from the traditional 10 students). If a mathlete’s school is not planning to register, an individual can register as a non-school competitor. To also expand the fun, four practice competitions and an additional competition level have been added this year.  
Registered schools and non-school competitors will have access to the 4 practice competitions on October 15, November 15, December 15 and January 22.  
Chapter Competition will be from 1pm (EST) February 5 through 1pm (EST) February 6 
Chapter Invitational Competition will be held at 7pm (EST) on February 25 
State Competition will be held at 7pm (EST) on March 25 
Click here to learn more about the National Math Club 
Click here for the Official Rules and Procedures for the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series 
Click here to register for the Competition Series 

NJSPE Would like to Welcome its Newest Members:
Deborah Blass, PE

Michael Fischette, PE
Concord Engineering Group, Inc.

NJSPE wants to hear about your company achievements!
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Reduced Cost Ethics Training for Professional Engineers
To help our members meet their requirements, the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers has launched a new online ethics training for professional engineers at a reduced cost. 

This two-hour online video, presented by the NJSPE counsel Larry Powers, will provide you with the two credits required for the ethics portion of your professional engineer license. Once the video is viewed in its entirety, you will be e-mailed a certificate proving you have met this licensing requirement. READ MORE

NJSPE Member Renewals
If you have received your renewal and are paying by Purchase Order or Voucher, please send all paper work to NJSPE for a signature. You can mail it to NJSPE, 414 River View Plaza, Trenton, NJ 08611 or you can fax it to 609-393-9891. Thank you for your membership!

Job Opportunities
Mechanical Engineer/Industrial Mechanic/Millwright General Manager
20,000 sq. ft. machine and fabrication shop with mobile cranes to 110 ton, heavy service truck fleet with contracts for Water and Waste Water Treatment Plants, Multi housing authority mechanical trades maintenance, welding, rigging, pump, motor and gearbox rebuilding. Must have 10 years previous hands on experience in Millwright and related trades with AS in Mechanical/Industrial/Electrical/Civil Engineering minimum or 5 years experience as a Mechanical Engineer for a similar company and BSME. Good driving record. Pr-employment drug and physical screening required. Must have clean legal record for back ground check by Mercer County Sheriffs Office.
Salary plus benefits to include 401K, Holiday, Vacation, Medical, Uniforms, etc.
Starting salary $95,000.00/year with advancement to Full Partner/Owner possible for the right person.
Contact to Apply
Gary M. Hochschild
609-396-4751 ext. 301

Electrical Test Engineer
Location: Passaic County
Primary Duties
- Test microprocessor controlled power conversion equipment
- Determine software procedural changes, tools, materials and equipment. 
- Install circuits for electrical low voltage systems. 
- Wire new equipment according to Wiring Diagrams and troubleshoot existing systems. 
- Perform miscellaneous duties as directed by Supervisor. 
- Repair electronic components using electronic test equipment and replacement parts 
- Diagnose and repair and/or replace damaged or broken wires, cables and faulty electrical components of machines such as relays, switches, and control panels.
- Must be able to solely and safely lift and move materials weighing up to 75 pounds. 
- Knowledge of test equipment to include oscilloscope, multi-meters, digital analyzers, battery analyzers, frequency meters, and decibel meters. 
- Must be computer literate with Windows. 
- Work overtime as needed.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen
- Must be willing to travel when required
- Medical Coverage
- 401K
- Vacation (2 weeks)
Contact to Apply:
Francine Van Heusen
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Robert V. Kiser, PE
William Delisky, PE
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