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When Can I use PE in my signature?

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When Can I use PE in my signature?

Are you a licensed engineer yet? Or have you just passed your exam? That should answer your question.

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Agree. Once you have your license/certificate, you can start using it. You will feel totally different after you start using P.E. after your name. Its a great feeling!

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At least when you have a PE number from the state.

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When you are issued a license by the state and have signed it. Just because you have passed the exam does not make you a PE. You are not a PE until the state board accepts the results and issues you a license number.

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I just passed and of course I'll wait until I get my license in hand, but I thought it was interesting that my name and license number is already in the system for Texas. Results were just released yesterday

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Yes, I noticed that as well. Texas grants the license number right away, but I'm not even talking to my boss untill I have something in hand.

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Here's a simple answer, because I asked this to David Howell over at TBPE when I passed, he said as soon as the board grants you the license number, you can add PE to your signature. However you need to make sure you submit your paperwork showing your seal and picture within 60 days of award, if I remember correctly. I'm not sure how the other states' rules are but at least that is what I know for Texas.

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2nd day after the PE result, I am on TX's PE roster with PE number. I think it is official.

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For oklahoma, I had to take a engineering law exam regarding the PE laws and regulations. I submitted that this morning and got notification that I passed. They said I can use the "PE" in my signature after I receive my licensing packet, which will take 2-3 weeks.

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Which one make you feel better?

MS, Ph.D., or PE?

right now, Im at Vinsanity, MS, EIT ...... and Im waiting for the PE.

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I used my PE in the signature the very next day after getting my results (still two weeks from getting a license # in NY).

Funny thing was that I was laid off two days later, so in the grand scheme of things no one was hurt, lol.

And at least I got the message across that I was a PE before I left!!!!!!!!!

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will they send us junk out now about whats the next steps in applying...i still have to wait as i took the test early, but atleast will we get info as to how to apply when the time comes for the actual license or we do we have to look into it ourselves?

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I have not received my pocket card and certificate but I did get an email from the Texas board that addressed me as a P.E. and said I was licensed to practice on May 29. I still need to submit the "seal imprint and photograph submittal form". I ordered my seal today from engineerseals.com and as soon as I get it I will seal the form and email it to the board. I would just put my electronic seal on the form but the board seems pretty explicit that they want you to have a physical seal. Per the rules I cannot seal any document until the board approves my seal. Everyone I have talked to said that it takes about a day for the board to approve your seal once they have received the form.

Basically, what Eddie said above appears to be correct.

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How about on a resumé? There's a job I'd like to apply for and the application deadline is coming up very soon. Can I put "Johnny123, P.E." at the top of my resume and then in the certifications section say something like P.E., Thermal & Fluids Systems, MA, License No Pending (PE Exam passed April 2012)."

I could state this info in the cover letter, but having PE right on the resumé would help it stand out.

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^until you have the license # in hand, I'd list it as passed April 2012 exam, awaiting licence # from state...because the state could hypothetically still deny you the licence for lacking experience depending on how they operate.

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Has that actually happened? I don't see how someone could qualify for the exam (submit application, provide college transcript, show proof of 4+ years of experience, and have the board approve it), pass it, and then be denied the license.

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^^^ States handle the PE process differently. Most require that you meet all of the requirements to sit for the exam (making the exam the last requirement), whereas some allow you to take the exam early and finish the rest of the application process after you pass. A few others require additional info (like Texas) once you pass the exam.

Here in CO, you have to meet all requirements to sit for the exam, but still do an additional application review after you pass. This is just a CYA thing on their part to ensure you have a complete and accurate application.

In any case, it's best to wait until you have the license in hand because it is illegal in most states to represent yourself as an engineer if you are not licensed to practice in that state. Just remember that waiting for your license is a much shorter wait (typically a couple of weeks), but in the grand scheme of things is a very minor setback. You've already waited several years to take the exam and a couple months to get your results, what's a couple more weeks?

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Having gone through this back in 2008, I don't even remember much of the wait at all. It sucks now, but in a few months you'll move on to bigger fires.

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