A licensed engineer, also called a Professional Engineer (PE), is an additional credential in the form of a license to practice engineering professionally. With professional licensure, engineers can earn and build trust with clients and open career opportunities. SAEA member and Mechanical Engineer Mr. Jandali presented to the conference regarding what a PE is, how to obtain a professional engineer license, and the pros and cons of getting a PE.
To become licensed, engineers must:
-complete a four-year college degree
-Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
-work under a professional engineer for at least four years
-Pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam
-earn a license from their state’s licensure board
-continually maintain and improve skills to retain licensure through continuing education and professional development in membership with professional associations such as SAEA.
Many attendees believed that PE and SE licenses are reserved for Civil and Structural engineering practice but the speaker identified the need for PE licensure for Electrical, Mechanical, Environmental, Industrial, and Chemical engineers as equally beneficial. Architectural engineers can also have a number of professional registrations including AIA from the American Institute of Architects and others. SAEA members considered the possibility of obtaining licensure with Jandali’s guidance to combine their specialized skills with ethical standards and continuing education programs from SAEA.