"CONCEPT TO COMPLETION TECHNOLOGY PROJECT DELIVERY"
What is a Professional Engineer?
The following steps indicate the rigorous process required to earn the title of Professional Engineer.
2. FIRST EXAMINATIONThe candidate, who possesses a bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline (chemical, electrical, mechanical, civil, etc.), must apply to the State Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and of Land Surveyors to sit for the eight-hour Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination. This exam includes subject matter in the areas of Chemistry, Physics, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Electronics, Properties of Materials, Statics, Dynamics and Atomic and Nuclear Theory. This examination is designed to test candidate knowledge in all areas of engineering.
3. PRACTICAL EXPERIENCEAfter the candidate has successfully passed the FE exam, there is a period of between six and ten years (varies by state) during which the candidate must demonstrate “responsible engineering charge”, which means they must have been directly responsible for the successful completion of many projects. The candidate must demonstrate documented experience prior to submitting the application for the Principles and Practice Examination.
4. SECOND EXAMINATIONThe Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and of Land Surveyors must approve the candidate application prior to sitting for the eight-hour Principles and Practice (PP) exam. The application submittals include college transcripts, personal recommendations from other active Professional Engineers and a detailed work history including project work samples. Most candidates study and prepare for up to six months prior to the examination. Upon successfully passing the PP examination, the candidate is awarded his or her Professional Engineering license in their chosen specialty. The license is valid for life and is renewed through the Board of Registration every two years.
IN SUMMARYThere have been many engineers who have also become attorneys and physicians and most of them maintain that the Professional Engineering process is far more challenging than either the medical boards or the bar examinations. Professional Engineers are held to a strict Code of Ethics which morally and legally require them to serve the public safety and welfare. In fact, most states require a person to possess a valid P. E. license in order to sell engineering services to the general public or utilize the term “Engineer” within their business name.
When you hire a Professional Engineer, you are assured of a person who is not only well versed within their area of specialization, but also has the integrity and maturity to serve the interests of the client first and foremost.