Professional Engineer Requirements

Licensed Professional Engineers are individuals that have qualified by education, experience and examination and have been issued a professional engineering license by the respective state board.

Each state, District of Columbia and territories have minimum licensed professional engineer requirements include successful a bachelor of science engineering degree or an acceptable equivalent from an approved engineering school or college of not less than 4 years, together with an additional 4 years of satisfactory experience and finally pass rigorous exams administered by the state of licensing. Requirements vary by state and citizenship some requiring up to 12 years education/experience. During the 4 years of experience several states offer and intern license.

Licensed Professional Engineers are bound by a strict code of ethics established by each state. A licensee is always responsible for his or her work even if such work has been endorsed or accepted by another licensee.

The Professional Engineer Seal.

Upon issuance of a license the professional engineer may be required to obtain a seal. Engineer seals are designed and approved by the respective state board for use by the practicing engineer, or in some instances, individuals working under their direct supervision. Seals are used for preliminary and final drawings, plans, specifications, reports, or documents.

Engineer seal requirements vary by state capable of leaving permanent ink representation, opaque and permanent impression, or an electronically generated representation on the documents. Sizes of the seal are established by the state issuing the license ranging from 1 3/8” to 2” and all sizes between.

Opaque and permanent impressions are achieved with and embossing seal available in several types and sizes. The permanent inked impression can be done with a variety of stamps including the traditional rubber stamp and pad, self-inking and pre-inked stamp all leaving a permanent inked impression. Electronic seals are digitally created used with a computer to place the image on documents.

Rrubber stamps offer a variety of options for ink types and color. Permanent inks are available for stamping on non porous surfaces and several colors are available. Engineer Stamps are the most comonly used by the licensed engineer.

Last Modified January 27, 2005

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