Professional licensure is of great importance in the field of civil engineering. The Professional Engineering license grants you the legal ability to perform engineering services for the public, take responsibility for your designs, reports, plans, professional opinions, and allows you to place your state-authorized engineering “seal” on your engineering work. Your B.S. in civil engineering puts you on the path to licensure. An important step to complete prior to graduation is to past the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam to become a license engineering in training (EIT).
It is strongly recommended that students take the FE exam in the spring semester of their fourth year. At this time, you will have had all necessary coursework to sit for the exam. It is strongly recommended that students take the FE exam in the spring semester of their fourth year. At this time, you will have had all necessary coursework to sit for the exam. Our students generally take either the ‘Civil Engineering’ or ‘Environmental Engineering’ versions of the exam. The department offers an FE review course in conjunction with CE 4991 at the beginning of the spring semester to help you review for these exams. Our students our well-prepared and historically have performed well-above the national average on the FE.
Complete information about the FE exam can be found at the NCEES site. Note that UVA CE students generally elect to take either the civil or environmental exam, depending on the track they are pursuing.
Following successful completion of the FE exam, and graduation from UVA, you will be designated an “Engineer-in-Training” (EIT). You will then work to accumulate engineering practice experience prior to taking the Professional Engineering exam to earn you P.E. license. The amount of work experience required varies slightly by state. In Virginia, as a graduate of an ABET-accredited program, you will be eligible to take the PE exam after accumulating 4 years of experience. More information on the PE exam can be found at the NCEES site.