Southern Polytechnic State University

Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2011-2012

Licensure of Professional Engineers

To protect public safety, each state establishes laws to license engineers who are responsible for decisions that affect public health and safety. The licensing process involves formal education, two written examinations, appropriate work experience, and recommendations by professionals in the field. The two written examinations consist of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and the Principles and Practices of Engineering (PE).

The requirements for a Professional Engineer vary by state, and not all states allow engineering technology graduates to seek licensure. However, it is possible for engineering technology graduates to become Professional Engineers in Georgia and many other states. In Georgia, students completing a bachelor's degree in engineering technology may take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam in the senior year of study. After accumulating the requisite number of years of appropriate work experience, an engineering technology graduate who has passed the FE exam is eligible to take the PE exam in Georgia or other states in which they are eligible for licensure.

Any student with a goal of becoming a Professional Engineer should contact their faculty advisor for additional information.