Adding a P.E. to Your AE Degree

Employers respect the rigor, substance, and discipline behind a Georgia Tech degree. After you earn yours at the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, you can expand your marketability by earning a Professional Engineer (PE) license.

The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam tests for a minimum level of competency in a particular engineering discipline. Each engineering discipline has a different final exam. You can find out about them at the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) website.

How It Works

The School of Aerospace Engineering does not administer the test, so it is up to individual students to begin the process of gaining a P.E. license. The first step is the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, also known as the EIT exam, which you will likely take during your time at Tech.

After passing that exam, you will enter the workforce as an Engineer In Training (EIT), a title you will keep for as long as eight years, as you accumulate professional experience in the field. Four of these years can be accumulated during your undergraduate studies, and two more during your master's or doctoral programs.

When you have accumulated sufficient professional experience, you will apply to take the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam, which is administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). As a part of that process, you must submit several letters of recommendation --at least three from currently licensed engineers. After passing the PP exam, you will be recognized as a P.E.