In this article (and video above), I answer a question from one of our listeners who asked:
I am on active duty studying and preparing for the PE Exam. Most of my engineering experience has not been supervised by licensed PEs. Can I still account for these engineering experiences towards my total years of experience to qualify for the exam?
When it comes to qualifying for a professional engineering (PE) exam, most licensing boards require a certain number of years of engineering experience in addition to a relevant degree. The exact requirements can vary by state but typically range from 2-5 years of experience.
The good news is that this experience doesn’t necessarily have to be under the supervision of a licensed PE. However, you may need to provide additional documentation or explanation of your experience to the licensing board or exam committee if it is not.
For example, if you worked as an engineer for a company but didn’t have a direct supervisor who was a licensed PE, you may need to provide details about the projects you worked on, your responsibilities and duties, and any other relevant information that demonstrates your engineering knowledge and skills.
Qualifying Engineering Experience
In order to constitute as qualifying experience, the experience must meet a number of criteria.
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