What Requirements Are Necessary to Become an Engineer?


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To become an engineer, you need a bachelor's degree in engineering and a license to work as a professional. To become a licensed engineer, you must select an undergraduate program that is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and fulfill state requirements.

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Engineering degree programs usually consist of a combination of math and science subjects along with courses specific to your chosen discipline. To succeed in engineering, you'll need good critical and analytical thinking abilities along with affinity for mathematics and science. Some college courses require advanced computer skills as well.

After you graduate from an ABET-accredited program, you need a license to work for public. The process might vary slightly, but all states usually provide testing at two levels. You can take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam after graduation. If you pass, you earn the title of Engineering Intern or Engineer-in-Training. After you earn that credential, you're required by most states to gain experience under the supervision of a licensed engineer. Once you have enough experience, you can take the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam and earn the Professional Engineer credential.

There are several disciplines in engineering, such as electrical, mechanical, aerospace, civil, biomedical, etc. Different branches have different educational requirements. You require a master's degree to advance in some fields. You may need further research in your chosen branch of engineering to get detailed information.

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