Entering the career world after completing an undergrad degree in electrical engineering can be intimidating. How do you separate yourself from the thousands of other emerging electrical engineers in the market? Obtaining additional certifications and licensures is a great way to not only expand your knowledge, but position yourself above the competition. For promotions and advancements, certificates are an excellent way to accelerate your career. Let's take a look at some certifications that can help take your career to the next level.
Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam
The FE Exam, or Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, is designed for recent college graduates or students who are currently enrolled in an engineering program at an accredited college or university. This exam is the first step to becoming a P.E., or Professional Engineer. The exam is computer based and takes about six hours to complete (with a scheduled break). The FE exam has seven different disciplines to select from, but for electrical engineers, the most logical exam to take is the FE Electrical and Computer exam. The FE Exam is critical to any engineer that would like to work for the government, a utility company, or work in any form of engineering that may impact the public or public spaces.
Practice of Engineering (PE) Certification
It follows then that the next logical step after successful completion of the FE Exam is to earn your certificate to become a licensed Professional Engineer. This is the highest level of certification an electrical engineer can achieve so there are many intensive steps to earn a certificate. This certificate is necessary for the following applications:
● A license is required to be able to complete, sign, and seal any plans or drawings for a public authority.
● A license is legally required for consulting or private practice engineers in charge of work.
● Certain federal and state government positions, usually higher level and responsible positions, require a licensed engineer.
The process is rigorous and can take some time to become certified. First, you must earn a four-year degree in an engineering discipline and successfully pass the FE exam. You must also have a certain number of years of experience in the field as an engineer in training before you can take this exam.
Working under a licensed PE, you must complete four years of work with progressive responsibilities. After working for four years, you must pass a PE, or Practice of Engineering, exam. After successful completion of the exam you will receive your licensed certificate to be a Professional Engineer.
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