Professional Engineer (PE) Licensure


For many engineering professionals, an important career goal is to obtain the Professional Engineers (PE) license.

The PE license is needed to perform engineering services for the public, and equips the holder with a state-authorized engineering seal that can be applied to engineering work.

A detailed discussion of the benefits of obtaining the PE license is provided by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Although the ASCE document is written for Civil Engineers, this document is applicable to all engineering career paths.

The first step: taking the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam

An important step in the path to professional licensure is passing the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.

Students who are within twenty credits of graduation (generally your final semester) are automatically eligible to sit for the exam.

Starting January 2014 the exam transitioned to computer-based testing (CBT) with seven freestanding, discipline-specific exams: Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Computer, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical, and Other Disciplines. The CBT exam is offered during four testing windows throughout the year: January-February, April-May, July-August, and October-November (see "Directions for UB Students" below).