Q: What is the difference between the civil PE structural exam versus the SE exam. Is one better than the other? Is it possible to have both? Is it better to have both?
Welcome to Episode #4 of Engineering Career TV. The topic for this episode is Making Engineering Career Decisions with the Help of Others.
I will spend most of the Engineering Career TV episodes answering questions that have been submitted from engineers around the world on how to rapidly advance their careers and live the lives they want to live.
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Let’s jump into today’s topic, Making Engineering Career Decisions with the Help of Others, which is based on a question from Matthew, a student, where he asks the following:
Q: I recently passed the FE exam in December. I have an interest in structural engineering. As I’m looking into getting my professional engineering license, I had a question regarding the difference between the civil PE structural exam versus the SE exam. Is one better than the other? Is it possible to have both? Is it better to have both? I haven’t found much information out there. Any personal insights would help.
A: The full answer can be seen in the video, but here are a few of the main points:
- Contact the organizations that give these exams out and ask for people’s names that have both credentials.
- Go onto State websites where public information is posted and search for people that are licensed as a professional engineer and structural engineer so you can talk to them about how these credentials have benefited them.
- Go to LinkedIn and search for people with PE and SE credentials and connect with them.
- The bottom line is that before you collect credentials, talk to people that have them and see what the benefits are.
I hope you found this episode of Engineering Career TV helpful.
What questions do you have about making engineering career decisions with the help of others?
To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success