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One of the most important decisions you can make in your career is to earn your professional engineer's licensure. By obtaining the required college education, engineering experience, and your professional engineering licensure, you will be able to lawfully perform a broad scope of engineering services.
Consulting: Only a P.E. may prepare, sign and seal engineering plans and specifications for submission to a public authority for approval.
Promotions: Many government and industry employers require licensure for senior engineering positions.
Opportunity: Employers want engineers who show strong commitment to the future by becoming licensed.
Security: As laws change and international agreements are adopted, a P.E. licensure may become a necessity. Your status as a licensed P.E. will provide you with a maximum level of professional flexibility while earning you the
1. Engineering Degree: Most state boards, including Oklahoma's, require a bachelor's degree from a four-year program that has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). In Oklahoma, other "related science" degrees may be approved.
2. Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination: Beginning January 2, 2014, all FE examinations are administered via computer based testing and you apply directly with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) to take the examination. Please go to www.ncees.org/exams/fe-exam for the latest information and to register for the exam. We strongly encourage all engineering students to take the FE examination in their last two semesters of school as the pass rate is much higher for those that take it while they are in school. Once you have passed the FE examination and graduate, you may apply with the Board to be certified as an Engineer Intern.
3. Engineering Experience: You must complete four years of progressive engineering work experience (or, six years for an approved related science degree) following your date of degree, prior to applying for the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Examination. This work experience must be completed prior to applying for the exam and must be approved and verifiable by the Board.
4. Pass the PE Examination: In most cases, applicants may take the Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination after completing the required engineering experience.
PE Exam candidates must complete an eight-hour multiple choice test in one of the following engineering disciplines: Agricultural and Biological, Architectural, Chemical, Civil, Control Systems, Electrical and Computer, Environmental, Fire Protection, Industrial, Mechanical, Metallurgical and Materials, Mining and Mineral Processing, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Nuclear, Petroleum, Software and Structural (Vertical Forces) and Structural (Lateral Forces).
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