Originally Posted by cstephan
I would like to correct you on the PE license. It is determined by the state you live in, or employed in. I was accepted to take the FE exam when I was living in VA, and I just got my application back from MD telling me I was accepted to take it in MD. The only difference is, with a BSME you don't have to apply to take the test, you are already granted the opportunity to. I will be taking the FE exam in April, once I pass I will be a EIT, then I have to work for a PE for 4 years, and then take the PE exam. The PE exam is not just limited to those who have a BSME. You can apply for it with 10 or more years experience as a mechanical engineer.
In some states you can, in others not. I have a BS in Civil engineering, but it is not an ABET approved curriculum, so I can not do the FE or PE in Florida. Florida is very strict about it. In Georgia and a few other states, including MD, just like you, I can take the test. I am thinking about doing it in Georgia, because not being able to become a PE puts a lot of stumbleblocks in my way of advancement. I have been able to work myself up as construction manager, but have reached a ceiling that I can only overcome if I have a PE. But I will have to move to another state then, which I don't want to do.
Anyway, I am glad you are able to at least get your EIT and then PE. Good luck. Networking, even on this thread, is very important to find that perfect opportunity.