The shortage of U.S. graduates in the Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics (STEM) fields is well documented. Since the lack of engineering know-how may jeopardize a firm’s ability to innovate, and directly lead to a decrease in job creation in other technology based fields, the need for future scientists and engineers is particularly strong. In fact, recent polls from leading employers demonstrate that engineering positions are some of the hardest to fill. As a result, students graduating with engineering degrees are in high demand and are rewarded with high starting salaries.
There are a variety of career paths for engineers. Some perform pure research and are typically employed by companies with large investments in research and development, such as General Electric, 3M or Dupont. Many engineers work in product development, where they design components, assemblies, electro-mechanical devices, software or whole physical systems. Some perform process engineering functions, where they design the production processes used in manufacturing, such as oil refineries or appliance manufacturers. Some work on the marketing or sales side of an organization, performing tasks such as technical marketing, product training and product management. It all depends on the engineer’s career aspirations and areas of interest. Some may enjoy the lab setting, some may want to be in a factory or field setting, and others may want to work closely with customers. Over time some engineers may become project engineers where they manage the development and implementation of large scale projects, some may take on departmental management roles, while others may choose to remain close to their original job responsibilities.
At King's College, our goal is to prepare you to become an effective engineer, and provide you with the education and experiences that will foster your development as a successful professional in the dynamic environment that is engineering.
Preparation for Professional Engineer Licensure
The curriculum has been developed to prepare students for a career in engineering, with an emphasis on professional licensure. Each state has its own distinct set of requirements for licensing professional engineers, but most are based on the following four-step process:
- Earn a degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program,
- Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, in the appropriate discipline,
- Gain acceptable work experience, typically a minimum of four years (in most cases, this must be completed under the supervision of a Professional Engineer), and
- Pass the Professional Engineer (PE) exam in the appropriate discipline.
The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is the first step in the process leading to the Professional Engineer license. The FE exam is designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree. The Professional Engineer (PE) exam tests examinees' ability to practice competently in a particular engineering discipline. The test is designed for engineers who have gained at least four years' post-college work experience in their chosen engineering discipline.
As part of the Senior Seminar for Civil and Mechanical Engineering, class time will be devoted towards preparation for taking the FE exam. Students will then take the FE exam as part of their graduation requirements.