Why is Becoming a Licensed Professional Engineer Important?
- Only a licensed engineer may prepare, sign and seal, and submit engineering plans and drawings to a public authority for approval, or seal engineering work for public and private clients. Most structural, environmental, transportation, geotechnical, water resources, and construction projects require approval of a licensed engineer.
- Licensure is a requirement for consulting engineers who are in responsible charge of work, be they principals or employees.
- Many federal, state, and municipal agencies (including the military) require that certain governmental engineering positions, particularly higher level and responsible positions, be filled only by licensed professional engineers.
- Engineering accreditation requires that most individuals teaching engineering must be licensed.
To become a Licensed Professional Engineer:
- Obtain an accredited engineering degree (our BS in Civil Engineering is an ABET accredited degree).
- Pass FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) Examination (typically taken during last semester of undergraduate coursework).
- Obtain Work Experience (depending on your situation and jurisdiction, about 4 years is required).
- Pass PE (Principles and Practices of Engineering) Examination (after completing the work experience requirement). The NCEES website (www.ncees.org) provides many details about the FE and PE exams.
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Other ResourcesResources available through the Engineering Library: FE Civil practice exam from NCEES, FE Civil Practice and FE Civil Review from Michael R. Lindeburg, FE Reference Handbook from NCEES.
- Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects
- NCEES Study Materials
- NCEES Exam Day Policies (calculators, reference handbook, etc.)
- NCEES FE Exam Data
- Students may qualify for a $50 reimbursement from the Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects for successfully passing the FE exam on their first try. More information