The UB civil engineering program is designed to support eventual licensure as a professional engineer (PE). It is strongly recommended that all students consider professional registration as part of their career path. Obtaining registration as a PE is a multi-step process that normally includes graduation with a BS degree from an ABET-accredited program.
If you are within 20 credits of graduation, you are eligible to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. This is the first step towards obtaining your PE license. Students who pass the FE exam will be able to obtain an Intern Engineer Certificate. The success rate for the FE exam is typically around 85 percent, higher than the national and comparator school average.
Although the FE exam can be taken at any point prior to applying for the PE license, UB engineering students are encouraged to take the exam during spring semester of their senior year. To assist with preparation for the FE exam, an evening review class is typically offered each year at UB by the Engineering Society of Buffalo. However, because of the changes in the FE exam format, this course is currently in flux. Information on the review course will be sent out via email as it becomes available.
After graduation, new engineers must accumulate a specified period of experience (usually four years) working under the supervision of a licensed PE. It's a good idea to get into the habit of documenting your work experience so that you will be prepared to complete the application process. The final requirement for registration is the successful completion of the PE exam, which is administered on a state-by-state basis. In most states, completion of a master's degree will reduce the required experience (e.g., from four to three years).
More information about professional licensure is available from the following organizations: