Required engineering experience prior to applying for the PE/SE
- At least four years of progressive engineering work experience acceptable to the Board.
- Experience may start immediately following graduation from a four-year or equivalent engineering program.
- Experience must not be obtained in violation of the E&A Act.
- Experience must indicate that the applicant's work has been of increasing quality and has required greater responsibility over the course of the time.
- Work is defined as professional services comprising the practice of engineering.
- Only work of an engineering nature that follows graduation from a professional engineering program may be used to satisfy the experience requirement.
- Successful completion of graduate study leading to an advanced degree in engineering may be used to satisfy part of the experience requirement.
- A master's degree in engineering may be used for credit for one year of experience if it is preceded by an EAC/ABET or CEAB-accredited baccalaureate degree in engineering.
- A doctorate degree in engineering may be used for two years of experience if it is preceded by an EAC/ABET or CEAB-accredited degree in engineering; in the case of a Doctorate Degree, no additional experience will be credited for a Masters Degree.
- Experience should be gained under the supervision of a licensed professional engineer. If not, an explanation should be submitted stating why the experience should be considered as acceptable by the Board.
- Experience gained in engineering research and design projects by members of an engineering faculty where the curriculum is approved by the Board may be used to satisfy the experience requirement.
- Engineering teaching experience may be used to satisfy the experience requirement, which is subject to the Board’s approval if the courses were at an advanced level in a college or university offering an engineering curriculum of four years or more. Advanced level means select courses at the junior (300) level as approved by the Board, and all courses senior (400) level and above.
- Sales experience may be used to satisfy the experience requirement if the applicant can demonstrate that engineering principles were required and used in gaining the experience.
- Construction experience may be used to satisfy the experience requirement only if the applicant can demonstrate that the work required the application of engineering principles.
- The Board will consider engineering experience performed outside the United States if the Board determines that such experience is gained under a professional engineer from an NCEES jurisdiction, or upon reasonable investigation by an engineer Board member, that such experience was performed under circumstances comparable to the standards for engineering in the United States. All materials necessary for such determination must be provided by and at the expense of the applicant.
- Experience cannot be anticipated and must have been received at the time of the license application is submitted.
- For more information on acceptable engineering experience, refer to Chapter 2.3 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations (Title 110, NAC).