I can now sit for the Civil FE exam

In 2011, I moved from England to the United States and became a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. It was planned to be a year full of world-class research, done at a great university and ending with backpacking, hiking, cycling and trail running. I had little preparation other than buying an airplane. A year later, he was still strong in both research and hiking, renewing his contract and visa. Then the next year, and the next year.

Fast-forwarding for years, I’m leaving academia, married an American, living in Washington, and looking for an engineering job. Many (but not all) of the work I have posted requires EIT. Armed with Google and an unlimited text messaging plan, I begin to try to understand exactly what EIT is. People are happy to take a 6-hour exam on everything they learned in the undergraduate engineering department, despite a strong agreement between my Google results and a large amount of text from a friend of the US engineering department. I couldn’t believe I would receive it. At the time, it was so intense that I thought it wasn’t something I had to do right away, so maybe I didn’t put it aside.

Again, the more I came across a classified ad looking for an ABET-certified degree or EIT, the more I began to wonder if I would eventually need to take this FE exam. I talked to people, engineers and companies, but they didn’t all give me the same advice. You have a master’s degree and a doctoral degree. I think they will let you sit on the PE exam. I know the person who said “they” let you do that. But who are “they”? How can I also skip the FE exam? And how does everyone know the guy who did this?

I finally decided that I had been away from engineering games for a while and wanted to come from another country and work for my PE, so I need to contact NCEES directly to confirm what they say. Did.It led to the next series of events

  • NCEES suggested that I consult with the state engineering committee. Some people with a foreign degree need to evaluate their degree before taking the FE exam, while others do not.that’s all Your condition You can make that call. (If you don’t know who this is, you can find them here.. )
  • The Washington State License Board said I should discuss with NCEES. (Depending on the state situation, you may be able to save time and money.)
  • This time, NCEES said they could help, and I had to complete Credential evaluation..

Credential evaluation

NCEES requires a transcript that is mailed directly from the university. Depending on where you studied, this can be the most difficult part of the whole process. I’m used to mailing me a sealed envelope that the university gives me unopened. Initially, it seemed difficult to mail my old university to the United States and add the coversheets NCEES needed. Fortunately for me, email and telephone were invented by this time. After a little effort, there was a really nice person who told me that I could email the cover sheet directly to her. She printed her envelope and mailed it to a US address. I know the system is a little different and easier to navigate. But this still took a few weeks. It’s time to be forgiven.

NCEES also needed to explain the courses of all undergraduate classes. This required a bit of searching, but it was fine as everything was on the old college website and was ready to be copied and pasted. Even if the information is not readily available online, all universities have administrative staff who know where this information is stored, so if you can’t find it yourself, send an email to help. Please ask.

The next step was to get a copy of my diploma. Neither love nor money could get this sent to the university. But it turned out to be okay. NCEES says “Color copies of diplomas are acceptable as long as they are notarized by a US or Canadian notary public. Notary stamps and contact information must be viewable. Don’t forget your cover letter.Finally, a simple and achievable task.

Finally, I collected all the material and sent it to NCEES for review. After getting the results, I contacted the state engineering committee again and they gave me a go-ahead to book my FE exam.

After all, the biggest problem I had was how long it would take. It all sounds very simple, but it’s always been waiting. I knew that my degree was not the same as a US degree. Initially, I thought it was likely that additional work would be required to allow me to sit in the Civil Engineering FE. I was very fortunate to have a broad academic background (compared to most UK graduates). As a result, Washington was able to enroll in FE without completing extra course work, saving time. It took about two years from the start of the information gathering process to the final approval of the FE exam.

I don’t want to advise other engineers with non-American degrees because the situation is different, but if I’m hunted down and asked to blog based on my experience, I’ll give you the following advice: .. :

  • Act fast! This process takes longer than expected. The review itself is quick, but collecting all the resources you need can be tedious.
  • Please contact NCEES and the state licensing committee directly. Even after I did this, people gave me wrong advice on what I should do. It was mainly because I knew someone who did such a strange thing. We recommend that you contact the relevant organizations directly. They are people who know the requirements directly and can help you in your particular situation. Sometimes it’s better to talk to humans than to loop around on Google.

About the author:

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Rae Taylor is an engineer with extensive experience in advanced material characterization techniques. She has an award-winning PhD. The field of materials science focused on the analysis of microstructures using an electron microscope. Prior to her research in materials science, she worked in the clean and wastewater industry. Throughout her career, Ray has extensive experience in project management and lab management, including team building, process engineering, construction monitoring, safety management and quality assurance. She has over 10 years of experience in designing, developing and testing experimental procedures. Rae is team-oriented and has extensive experience in education and tutoring, both in the work environment and in the classroom. She has presented her work to a diverse audience, from scholars and industrial professionals to the general public, with a particular interest in resilient development, whether in whole material or infrastructure.

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