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PE License Requirements

maybe a long shot on genmay, but does anyone here have a professional engineer's license? am i panicking when i look at these supplemental experience records (or something like that, SERs)? i mean, on the texas board website, they say they recommend a week by week journal of work done. does anyone know how detailed these things should really be? are they a make or break part of the application?

to be honest, i'm not even sure if i want to get it, since i've been contemplating a career change lately (teaching HS science, feeling really burnt out with the whole engineering thing).
Old 07-10-2011, 06:42 AM matt01 is offline  
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why do you want to get it? I was told that there's no point in getting it unless you're a civile or you want to go into consulting.
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Take your time and don't stress. There is no rule that says you have to get it as soon as you get the experience rec's.
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Have you taken the FE exam yet? From what I understand of the process in MA, you take the FE exam, then build experience under a licensed PE, and take the PE exam whenever you're ready.

The requirements vary from state to state, so go with whatever Texas requires of you. As Onigami said, unless you're a civil engineer or you work for an engineering firm that does that type of work, it may be more worthwhile for you to pursue something else, like graduate education.
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Have you taken the FE exam yet? From what I understand of the process in MA, you take the FE exam, then build experience under a licensed PE, and take the PE exam whenever you're ready.

The requirements vary from state to state, so go with whatever Texas requires of you. As Onigami said, unless you're a civil engineer or you work for an engineering firm that does that type of work, it may be more worthwhile for you to pursue something else, like graduate education.

This. My roommate is a civil engineer in MA, and exactly this.
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Have you asked a senior engineer with whatever firm you work for? They'd be the best resource to give you information. The requirements very from state to state. Two of the guys I work with just got their stamp in Louisiana and I think the process for them went FE-->4+ yrs work-->PE. They had to have professional references (PEs they've worked under) but nothing like what you are describing.

Side note: I would hope as an engineer you are keeping some form of diary/journal/weekly to do list history for your own records. I don't keep a daily journal like some of the guys in the office do, but I do keep my weekly to do list in a bound notebook and jot down any important notes/conversations/decisions in it.

Also, studying for the PE and getting all your references, applications, etc is not a small undertaking. You mention that you're not sure that you want to do it. Think about it before you waste time and money on it.
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well, the money is pretty much already gone. i paid once i filled out the first section of the application. it's the supplemental experience things that have me a little worried. as far as not being worth it, there are quite a few people in the office who have them and i don't really see how it can hurt. i had always thought consulting would be in my future, but i'm not so sure anymore.

i have the FE already, which was a breeze. i may just be making too much out of these SER things....and yeah, the req's are the same for TX: FE, 4 yrs experience, PE.

and i do keep a to do list, but it's not what you would call...organized. and i certainly don't have them from 3-4 years ago. in any case, if i do go through with it, it looks like the october test date is going to be way too ambitious, with everything going on at work right now. i just have to not stress about it i guess.
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pe test is open book in new york state, and i'd imagine it'd be similar to many other states.

4 years of work is required here as well, in addition to the fe.


as far as journaling your work, there's no requirement for that here but i doubt it's any thing more serious than a formality.

also like many others have said here PE may only be truly worth it for civil engineers, but then again firms love to to flaunt how many PEs they have payroll.
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100% depends on your state/province, check with the regulations and contact the association if you have any questions. As others have said, use your peers as a resource, especially those who have recently obtained their PE.

Here in BC (Canada) I am required to write a 10 page report on my, minimum four years, engineering experience as well as completing an ethics exam. The written experience is reviewed by the association and if they have any questions about it they call you in for an interview. It is definitely not "just a formality" here, I know people who were told they needed a couple more years of work experience because they hadn't completed enough design work.

I would suggest that even if you do plan on switching careers that you obtain your PE first. It will be easier to get when everything is still fresh and you never know when it will come in handy. As well you can always use it as leverage when you are bargaining for salary.
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