YPOV: Should You Pursue PE Licensure?


Becoming licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE) takes dedication. Having a PE after your name signals to employers and clients that you have competence in your field and helps set you apart from your competitors.

Although the requirements to become a PE vary from state to state, the basic steps remain the same throughout the U.S. First, you must earn a four-year degree in engineering from an accredited college or university, and then you must pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. You must complete four years of engineering experience under a licensed PE before you can take the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam. If you pass the PE exam, you can then obtain a license from your state’s licensing board. To retain that license, PEs must maintain and improve their skills by fulfilling continuing education requirements.

“I have been a PE for 14 years, and I believe that the PE license is a very important credential to be aware of and pursue,” says Jean Andino, an associate professor of chemical engineering at Arizona State Univ. (ASU). “Licensing provides that ‘stamp of approval.’ I doubt that anyone would consider going to a doctor that was not board certified or a lawyer that had not passed the bar exam,” she says. “Thus, it follows that the engineering profession, a profession that impacts lives, would also have a licensing...

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Emily Frangenberg

EMILY FRANGENBERG is the Managing Editor of Chemical Engineering Progress (120 Wall St., 23rd Fl., New York, NY 10005; Email: emifr@aiche.org, Phone: (646) 495-1347). She edits CEP feature articles, which cover topics ranging from distillation and heat exchange to process control and safety, and is responsible for preparing the Catalyzing Commercialization, Journal Highlight, and Safety Minute columns for publication each month. She received a BS in chemical engineering from Villanova Univ.Read more

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