I'm a fresh-out-of-college mechanical engineer that got hired as a manufacturing engineer. I was wondering if a P.E. license is worth the effort for someone like me. From what I've seen of the F.E. and P.E. exams, it's rooted deeply in theory and text books. I'm in a job shop getting my hands dirty every day and learning that sometimes you have to tweak that hard-studied theory in order for it to actually work. I know I may not be in this job shop my whole career, but this type of work is my passion and I plan on staying on the manufacturing path. I know P.E. licensing is very important for mechanical engineers on the design side of things, but what about for the engineers who make sure the designs are feasible and implements them in a shop? I don't know how prevalent P.E.'s are in the manufacturing/industrial industries. To me, it seems better to take some welding and machining classes at a community college and possibly get into lean or 6 sigma certification. But what do I know? I'm so green behind the ears it's not even funny. Thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated. Have a good one!
R. J. Hughes
New Kensington, PA, USA
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