A Professional Engineer (PE) is an engineer licensed by the state professional licensing board. It is a standard recognized by employers and their clients, by governments and by the public as an assurance of dedication, skill and quality. Only a licensed engineer, for instance, may prepare, sign, seal and submit engineering plans and drawings to a public authority for approval, or to seal engineering work for public and private clients. Although you may never need to be registered, you may find that it is beneficial to earn and maintain a PE license.
You must complete four steps to become a licensed Professional Engineer:
- Graduate from an ABET-accredited engineering program.
- Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.
- Work as an engineer for four years.
- Pass the Professional Engineering (PE) exam.
More information can be found at:
The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) website: https://ncees.org/engineering/
Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board (LAPELS) website: https://www.lapels.com/Certlicinfoexam.html