Licensure of practicing engineers is granted by each state. It is the culmination of dedicated academic study combined with at least 4 years of professional experience. A license is particularly important in fields in which public safety is involved such as civil, electrical or mechanical engineering.
The process includes two exams. The first exam, Fundamentals of Engineering (FE), is usually taken by engineering students near or after completion of an accredited engineering bachelor's degree. The second exam, Principles and Practices of Engineering, is taken after gaining four or more years of professional work experience.
For more information on licensure in North Carolina, visit North Carolina Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.