STATE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MECHANICAL PE EXAM

by Justin Kauwale, P.E.

What are the requirements for my state of licensure? What is the fee? What are the years of experience?

Most important step in an engineer's career

The professional engineering license is one of the most important steps in an engineers career. It allows the individual to legally practice engineering in the state of licensure. This credential can also help the engineer to obtain higher compensation and provide the first step in developing a credible reputation.

Must Meet Education and Experience Requirements

The baseline for most states is to obtain an ABET Accredited 4-Year Bachelors of Science Engineering Degree and 4 years of verifiable working experience under a Professional Engineer. The one exception is California, which only requires 2 years of work experience.

Other Education and Experience Options

Not everyone has an ABET Accredited Engineering Degree, thus other options are typically provided by States, which include:

  • Unaccredited 4-Year BS Engineering Degree with 4 to 8 years of experience
  • Accredited 4-Year Technical Engineering Degree with 4 to 8 years of experience
  • Unaccredited 4-Year BS Science Degree with 4 to 8 years of experience.
  • Up to 25 years of work experience in lieu of Education.

Other Requirements

Each state also requires that the engineer pass the FE exam and meet other state specific requirements like, a number of years of experience, an application fee, licensure fee and passing the State's exam on engineering rules and laws. The requirements for each state are listed below:

  • Alabama PE Exam Registration Requirements: Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience or
    4-Yr Unaccredited BS Engineering Degree with 6-Yrs Experience or
    4-Yr BS Science Degree with Accredited MS Engineering Degree with 6-Yrs Experience or
    4-Yr Engineering Technology Degree with Accredited MS Engineering Degree with 6-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $50
    Alabama PE Exam Website
  • Alaska PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience or
    4-Yr Unaccredited BS Engineering Degree with 6-Yrs Experience or
    Must also complete Board approved Arctic Engineering Class
    State Application Fee: $175
    Alaska PE Exam Website
  • Arizona PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 2-Yrs Experience or
    4-Yr BS Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 1 Yr Graduate Level Education with 1-Yrs Experience or
    4-Yr Engineering Technology Degree with 3-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $100
    Arizona PE Exam Website
  • Arkansas PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience or
    Accredited Masters or PHD Engineering Degree with 3-Yr Experience
    State Application Fee: $255
    Arkansas PE Exam Website
  • California PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 2-Yrs Experience or
    Accredited Masters or PHD Engineering Degree with 1-Yr Experience or
    6-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $125
    California PE Exam Website
  • Colorado PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience or
    4-Yr Accredited Technology Engineering Degree with 6-Yrs Experience or
    4-Yr Unaccredited BS Engineering or Science Degree with 6-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $100
    Colorado PE Exam Website
  • Connecticut PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree
    6-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $80
    Connecticut PE Exam Website
  • Delaware PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience or
    Accredited Masters Degree with 3-Yr Experience or
    Accredited PHD Degree with 2-Yr Experience or
    4-Yr Unaccredited BS Engineering, Science or Technology Degree with 8-Yrs Experience or
    6-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $100
    Delaware PE Exam Website
  • Florida PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience or
    State Application Fee: $125
    Florida PE Exam Website
  • Georgia PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience or
    4-Yr Unaccredited BS Engineering, Science or Technology Degree with 7-Yrs Experience or
    15-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $30
    Georgia PE Exam Website
  • Hawaii PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience or
    4-Yr Unaccredited BS Engineering, Science or Technology Degree with 8-Yrs Experience or
    12-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $75
    Hawaii PE Exam Website
  • Idaho PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience or
    4-Yr Unaccredited BS Engineering Degree with Board Approval and 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $50
    Idaho PE Exam Website
  • Illinois PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $100
    Illinois PE Exam Website
  • Indiana PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $300
    Indiana PE Exam Website
  • Iowa PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr (Un)Accredited BS Engineering or Science or Technology Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $100
    Iowa PE Exam Website
  • Kansas PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $0
    Kansas PE Exam Website
  • Kentucy PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $150
    Kentucky PE Exam Website
  • Louisiana PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $50
    Louisiana PE Exam Website
  • Maine PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $25
    Maine PE Exam Website
  • Maryland PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    1-Yr Credit for Masters or PhD
    4-Yr Unaccredited BS Engineering Degree with 8 Years Experience
    12 Years Experience
    State Application Fee: $50
    Maryland PE Exam Website
  • Massachusetts PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $96
    Massachusetts PE Exam Website
  • Michigan PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    44-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $40
    Michigan PE Exam Website
  • Minnesota PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $75
    Minnesota PE Exam Website
  • Mississippi PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $75
    Mississippi PE Exam Website
  • Missouri PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $100
    Missouri PE Exam Website
  • Montana PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $50
    Montana PE Exam Website
  • Nebraska PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $30
    Nebraska PE Exam Website
  • Nevada PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $200
    Nevada PE Exam Website
  • New Hampshire PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    4-Yr Unaccredited BS Engineering Degree with 8-Years Experience
    25 years of experience
    State Application Fee: $225
    New Hampshire PE Exam Website
  • New Jersey PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    4-Yr Accredited Technical Engineering Degree with 6-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $75
    New Jersey PE Exam Website
  • New Mexico PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $150
    New Mexico PE Exam Website
  • New York PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    4-Yr Accredited Technical Engineering Degree with 6-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $377
    New York PE Exam Website
  • North Carolina PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $100
    North Carolina PE Exam Website
  • North Dakota PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $0
    North Dakota PE Exam Website
  • Ohio PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    4-Yr Accredited Techincal Engineering Degree with 8-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $75
    Ohio PE Exam Website
  • Oklahoma PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $150
    Oklahoma PE Exam Website
  • Oregon PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $225
    Oregon PE Exam Website
  • Pennsylvania PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $50
    Pennsylcania PE Exam Website
  • Rhode Island PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $150
    Rhode Island PE Exam Website
  • South Carolina PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $65
    South Carolina PE Exam Website
  • South Dakota PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    4-Yr Accredited BS Technical Degree with 5 Yrs Experience
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with MS or PHD with 3 Years Experience
    State Application Fee: $100
    South Dakota PE Exam Website
  • Tennessee PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    1 Yr credit for masters or higher in engineering
    State Application Fee: $30
    Tennessee PE Exam Website
  • Texas PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    4-yr Unaccredited degree with 8 years experience State Application Fee: $250
    Texas PE Exam Website
  • Utah PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $110
    Utah PE Exam Website
  • Vermont PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    4-yr accredited engineering technology degree with 8 years experience 12 years experience
    State Application Fee: $80
    Vermont PE Exam Website
  • Virginia PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    1 Year credit for Masters or PHD Accredited Engineering Degree
    State Application Fee: $60
    Virginia PE Exam Website
  • Washington PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    8 years of experience
    State Application Fee: $65
    Washington PE Exam Website
  • West Virginia PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    Approved Techncal College Degree with 6-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $180
    West Virginia PE Exam Website
  • Wisconsin PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    Approved Techncal College Degree with 6-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $125
    Wisconsin PE Exam Website
  • Wyoming PE Exam Registration Requirements:
    Experience:
    4-Yr Accredited BS Engineering Degree with 4-Yrs Experience
    State Application Fee: $100
    Wyoming PE Exam Website

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