There are so many reasons and benefits why as a graduating engineer you need to consider continuing education to being a Professional Engineer, PE. For the clients you look forward to work with in the field, your PE licensure makes a sure case for your need to prove your possession of the requisite credentials to earn their confidence into the projects they may want to have you handle. As for your employers, this will signal that one indeed has the ability to be entrusted with higher responsibilities. When with your peers your PE licensure makes them respect you. And it as well will be a benefit to you in person, giving you a sense of pride in your hard won achievement.
Generally, one thing that should be noted going forward is that there are a lot of things that one must do after graduation from engineering school for them to be licensed as PEs. Of course you must have completed your four year degree work, serve under a licensed Professional Engineer for at least four years, pass two intensive competency exams and earn a license from the licensure board in your state. Looking at all this, what we see is the fact that this is indeed a lot of work for the engineers who’ve earned their status as PEs and the interesting bit is that it doesn’t end at these for after licensing, for you to maintain your status, you must be in for continuing education for you to be continually improving your skills all through your career.
But this be as it is, you will appreciate this to be all worth the effort anyway. Back in the years, anyone would work as an engineer without them necessarily providing anything that would corroborate their claim to being engineers. Though in the interest of the safety, welfare and health of the general public, the first engineering licensure law came into effect as it was passed. Ever since then, we have seen some rather strict regulations around the profession of engineering with nearly all states having in place engineering licensure requirements for anyone getting into this field and these are all in the interest of protecting the general public. This is precisely achieved as it is in most states by the provision under the practice of the trade where we see only the licensed professional engineers being allowed to sign and seal engineering plans and offer their services to the public.
By and large, for an engineer to use the PE seal, they must have completed some steps that are well meant to prove their competency. Going forward, one thing that is to be noted is that a PE differs a great deal from an engineer as we know of them.