This council prepares national testing for the regulated professions, develops uniform standards for registration among the states, and acts as a clearinghouse … Board members are members of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. We see the term engineer everywhere -- mechanical engineers, civil engineers, software engineers and even sanitation engineers. As I understand, these types of engineering have a legal definition that requires licensure, without which one cannot claim to be an engineer in that discipline. In fact, a lot of people do work in engineering without an actual engineering degree. In some regions you're forbidden from using ME on a business card if you don't have a PE. The question is do you need an "SE" license to do certain structures vs. a "PE" license. Ironically because I came from the IT field I can call myself an engineer because of certifications I got through companies like Microsoft and HP. This is where certain states differ. If I'd have spent all my years after graduation doing a bit steel design and a bit of automotive with a little bit of pipeline design thrown in, I'd just be a dude with an engineering degree but not enough experience in any area to actually call myself an Engineer. Offering engineering services by a business without being on the Board’s registry or without a Qualifying Agent; Using a name or title tending to indicate that a person holds an active license as engineer. No. Most of the innovation or new techniques came from other UNPROTECTED industries where there is no requirement of PE. Some may study physics or get a related degree, but they learn what they need to know from internships and on the job. Until two weeks ago, the simple act of calling myself an engineer could have earned me a US $1,000 fine as a repeat offender of Oregon’s unconstitutional professional-engineer licensing law. Can a person with an engineering degree call themselves an engineer in Canada? You can also take the civil "PE" exam in these states and get your "PE… An engineer is sometimes referred to as a licensed engineer, a registered engineer or a professional engineer. Individuals with an engineering degree are known as engineering graduates, and a licensed engineer must take responsibility for their engineering work. Most states, like my state, South Carolina, you can take the SE exam, and if you pass, you will get your "PE" stamp. In my personal opinion I think holding a 4 year ABET accredited degree is the threshold for referring to yourself as a mechanical engineer as long as you don't work in a state-regulated field (in other words, a field where PEs actually exist like civil). For example, someone with training in civil engineering can't call themselves a mechanical engineer without obtaining a license to practice civil engineering. Also I have a degree in Network Engineering One reason why companies call non-degreed people engineers is billing. If you do not have a PE license you certainly cannot call yourself a professional engineer, but the term designer is much more open. If you look at the rates they go up as the title gets more and more professional. But not all engineers are created equal. You Can Officially Call Yourself an Engineer Only If You Have a PE License If you do not have a PE license, you cannot officially call yourself an engineer -- and your company cannot identify you as an engineer -- in official documents, such as business cards, letterheads and resumes. Generally, you will need the services of a licensed design professional such as a PE any time you need the approval of a government agency or official for a construction project; these officials can only accept engineering plans signed and stamped with the seal of the PE. 3.