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    Career advice from any PE's out there

    I'm leaving my current job as a Professional Engineer to work for another company in the next few weeks. I'm currently licensed in 6 states, and my new job will only require IA.

    Anybody who's been in a similar situation: do you go inactive on your other 5 states? Do you just let them expire? I will still keep my IA license active.

    Any other tips for this career move? Anything I need to make sure I take care of before I pack up my office & leave?



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    Re: Career advice from any PE's out there

    Quote Originally Posted by Jables22 View Post
    I'm leaving my current job as a Professional Engineer to work for another company in the next few weeks. I'm currently licensed in 6 states, and my new job will only require IA.

    Anybody who's been in a similar situation: do you go inactive on your other 5 states? Do you just let them expire? I will still keep my IA license active.

    Any other tips for this career move? Anything I need to make sure I take care of before I pack up my office & leave?
    If only there was a way for me to pick up one of those licenses that you don't need anymore.


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    Re: Career advice from any PE's out there

    You can just not renew your licenses and they will go "inactive". If/when you ever need them, you can just pay to activate them again. You won't have to take the exam again or anything.

    If you have a California license, I wouldn't let that one lapse as you may have to take a seismic exam again. But I believe that's the only state that makes you do that.



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    Re: Career advice from any PE's out there

    And as a follow up for everyone, what prompted you to get your PE? Was it required for your job? Personal goal/satisfaction? What can you do with a PE license that I can't do without one?


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    Re: Career advice from any PE's out there

    Quote Originally Posted by besserheimerphat View Post
    And as a follow up for everyone, what prompted you to get your PE? Was it required for your job? Personal goal/satisfaction? What can you do with a PE license that I can't do without one?
    Oh I don't know, practice engineering maybe?



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    Re: Career advice from any PE's out there

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    And as a follow up for everyone, what prompted you to get your PE? Was it required for your job? Personal goal/satisfaction? What can you do with a PE license that I can't do without one?
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    Re: Career advice from any PE's out there

    Quote Originally Posted by besserheimerphat View Post
    And as a follow up for everyone, what prompted you to get your PE? Was it required for your job? Personal goal/satisfaction? What can you do with a PE license that I can't do without one?
    And what is up with my doctor hanging up all those "certificates" and "diplomas" behind his desk? What is he trying to prove?



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    Re: Career advice from any PE's out there

    Quote Originally Posted by besserheimerphat View Post
    And as a follow up for everyone, what prompted you to get your PE? Was it required for your job? Personal goal/satisfaction? What can you do with a PE license that I can't do without one?
    this is a good question. There are certainly many working engineers who do not have their professional license.

    Outside of the civil and construction industries, is there alot of value in having a license? I am debating whether to test to get mine. My job does not require it, and for me it seems like it would be more for future growth and a personal goal.



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    Re: Career advice from any PE's out there

    Quote Originally Posted by CyFever View Post
    Oh I don't know, practice engineering maybe?
    Quote Originally Posted by RyCy04 View Post
    And what is up with my doctor hanging up all those "certificates" and "diplomas" behind his desk? What is he trying to prove?
    That's great, guys. Thanks a bunch. FYI you don't need to have a PE to be an engineer. As a mechanical engineer I don't know many people who have a PE, but I believe most if not all civil and construction engineers need one to basically work anywhere.


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    Re: Career advice from any PE's out there

    Quote Originally Posted by besserheimerphat View Post
    That's great, guys. Thanks a bunch. FYI you don't need to have a PE to be an engineer. As a mechanical engineer I don't know many people who have a PE, but I believe most if not all civil and construction engineers need one to basically work anywhere.
    I know I was a little snarky. It's true that most licensed professionals are civil/construction types (including geotechnical, structural, electrical, mechanical, etc. related to those areas).

    In reality though, in most states you do have to have a license to practice engineering. From KSA 74-001 and KSA 74-003:

    Except as otherwise provided in this act, it shall be unlawful for any person to practice or to offer to practice in the state of Kansas, any profession included within the term technical professions, as such term is defined in the provisions of this act
    “Technical professions” includes the professions of engineering, land surveying, architecture, landscape architecture and geology
    “Practice of engineering” means any service or creative work, the adequate performance of which requires engineering education, training and experience in the application of special knowledge of the mathematical, physical and engineering sciences to such services or creative work as consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning and design of engineering works and systems, the teaching of engineering by a licensed professional engineer in a college or university offering an approved engineering curriculum of four years or more, engineering surveys and studies, the observation of construction for the purpose of assuring compliance with drawings
    and specifications, representation in connection with contracts entered into between clients and others and the preparation and certification of any engineering design features that are required on plats; any of which embraces such service or work, either public or private, for any utilities, structures, buildings, machines, equipment,
    processes, work systems, projects and industrial or consumer products or equipment of a mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic or thermal nature, insofar as they involve safeguarding life, health or property. As used in this subsection, “engineering surveys” includes all survey activities required to support the sound conception,
    planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of engineered projects, but excludes the surveying of real property for the establishment of land boundaries, rights-of-way, easements and the dependent or independent surveys or resurveys of the public land survey system.
    Where I think a lot of individuals are able to practice without individual licensing, is practicing under a corporate/business license or other licensing exemptions, particularly:

    Persons engaged in planning, drafting and designing of products manufactured for resale to the public.



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    Re: Career advice from any PE's out there

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneworld View Post
    You can just not renew your licenses and they will go "inactive". If/when you ever need them, you can just pay to activate them again. You won't have to take the exam again or anything.

    If you have a California license, I wouldn't let that one lapse as you may have to take a seismic exam again. But I believe that's the only state that makes you do that.
    Sounds simple enough! I was worried it would be some horrifying process involving fees and forms. Thanks for the info.

    Any other general "career change" advice? What to make sure you take care of before you leave?



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    Re: Career advice from any PE's out there

    Quote Originally Posted by besserheimerphat View Post
    And as a follow up for everyone, what prompted you to get your PE? Was it required for your job? Personal goal/satisfaction? What can you do with a PE license that I can't do without one?

    From my experience, any engineering job where you will have to deal with government approvals (like construction projects), you will need a PE to sign off on drawings and applications. Civil, Construction, Electrical, and Mechanical are what I've seen the most.



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    Re: Career advice from any PE's out there

    Quote Originally Posted by besserheimerphat View Post
    And as a follow up for everyone, what prompted you to get your PE? Was it required for your job? Personal goal/satisfaction? What can you do with a PE license that I can't do without one?
    Depends on the type of Engineering you practice... its pretty much a requirement if your a Civil Eng and you really want to move forward in your career and make more money and have more responsibility.

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