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What is an Engineer in Training certification?

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What is an Engineer in Training certification?

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The Engineer in Training (EIT) or engineering intern designation identifies an engineer who has completed the first step toward professional engineering licensure.

While not required for all engineering professions, a professional engineering license may be required for certain engineering positions or to be the responsible-charged professional signing off on board-submitted plans. EITs must meet state-required criteria, which could include certain work experience or college degrees, plus successful completion of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

FE exams are available in the following disciplines:

  • FE Chemical
  • FE Civil
  • FE Electrical and Computer
  • FE Environmental
  • FE Industrial and Systems
  • FE Mechanical
  • FE Other Disciplines

Since requirements for EIT certification vary state to state, applicants should check with their states' licensing boards to determine what requirements will need to be met prior to submitting their EIT applications.

For more information about engineering, check out this article: Engineering: Overview of How to Become a Professional Engineer

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