Many college students have indicated that they have had difficulty finding information about professional licensure. Since, with some exceptions, most individuals must be licensed to practice professional engineering, we felt it would be appropriate to describe the pathway to getting your professional engineering license.
For detailed information on qualifications and licensure in Maine, please read our statute. If you are unable to find the answers to your questions in this article, in the statute or on our website, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help!
Students come to engineering for a variety of reasons. Some students have known and admired an engineer or teacher who inspired them to seek a career in engineering. Others found they had an interest or ability in math or science that led them to engineering. Still others looked at the end product of building, designing, manufacturing or creating and found that engineering was at the root of what they wanted to create. And some come because they find out that engineering occupations are seven of the top ten highest paying jobs in the United States. Whatever your reason, welcome to the exciting world of engineering!
The first step on the path to licensure is obtaining Bachelor of Science degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program. To be licensed in Maine, you can also attend an ABET-accredited engineering technology program, or an engineering, engineering technology or allied science program that is substantially equivalent to the NCEES Education Standards.
Once you are in your senior year of college, you can take the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, which is a computer-based examination of the engineering knowledge you acquired in college.
After you pass the FE exam, and receive your degree, you can apply for an Engineer-Intern Certification (PDF 128KB) from the State of Maine. This certification assures potential employers that you have met basic standards in education and engineering knowledge.
Once you graduate, you must complete at least four years of engineering experience of increasing responsibility. Your experience should be under the supervision of professional engineers, so you can benefit from the lessons of their experience and they can observe your progress and provide opportunities for you to stretch yourself and grow both in knowledge and responsibility.
After four years of progressive engineering responsibility, you will prepare to take the NCEES Principles and Practices of Engineering examination. As part of your preparation, you will complete and sign an application (PDF 545KB) and submit it to the board office. The board staff will review your application, including your education, experience and references. If you qualify, you will be approved to sit for the PE examination. You will register with NCEES to take the PE exam in your chosen discipline. After you pass the exam, you will pay your license fee and receive your license and a wall certificate, indicating that you have met the standard to be licensed as a professional engineer.
Licensure carries with it significant responsibility to protect the welfare of the public, so professional engineers participate in ongoing professional development and abide by the statutes, rules and code of ethics of each jurisdiction in which they practice.
Please Note: Applicants who have been educated outside the United States must provide a credentials evaluation and may be required to fulfill additional educational or examination requirements before being approved for licensure. Please contact the office for further information.