×
INTELLIGENT WORK FORUMS
FOR ENGINEERING PROFESSIONALS

Contact US

Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you an
Engineering professional?
Join Eng-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!

*Eng-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here

Getting a master's after PE?

Getting a master's after PE?

Getting a master's after PE?

(OP)
Hi All,
Is getting a master's degree worth it if I already have my PE license? At my current job, I do a lot of site design work, but don't really have anyone who can look at anything structural wise. I have an interest in structural though I am not sure if I want to pursue a full-time structural engineering position. The type of structural work I would be interested in would be low rise designs (I'm on the west coast). My company has tuition reimbursement and will pay for most of the degree and I would be pursuing this part-time, probably through an online degree. However, I am not sure if this will be something worthwhile just because it is something I "might" need in the future. Another thing is, I understand getting a degree does not mean I can practice it, I would still have to invest time into learning the applications. So I'm wondering if I should do it because it is almost free or would the time be better spent trying to learn this material somewhere else, assuming I will still stay at my job for a few more years?

RE: Getting a master's after PE?

Quote (spacecarrot)

I understand getting a degree does not mean I can practice it, I would still have to invest time into learning the applications.

Not to mention the codes, how to apply the analysis techniques, how to interpret the results, etc. etc. etc. Very little of this will be touched in a master's curriculum.

I would say that you wouldn't be able to practice it alone until you've practiced it under a PE specializing in structural, or in CA perhaps practicing under an SE.

I'd say go after something that will make you more valuable in your current specialty, or if you're in a mega-firm maybe start looking at business or engineering management degrees.

RE: Getting a master's after PE?

IIRC I got my Master's degree a little before PE. But regardless, you definitely shoudl do it it now. Especially if your company supports it. there is no better time thna now.

Now I'm older, have a child etc. I have no idea how I would do it. If not now, when then? No one can take it away from you.

Don't think about it as a guaranteed investment with some sort of payback. it is a safety device.

what if the economy goes south and you need to apply for a new job? Then you compete with 100 applicants, and wouldn't it be nice if your resume is in the top 5 that have a master's degree? and you will learn a lot that will develop you and your way of thinking. You will be introduced to new methods outside of what the " old schoolers" know.

Yes, it takes time and there will be hard time when you balance work load and school. but honestly, what other useful things do you do with your time? And with COVID, I assume much will be virtual anyway. That will make it easier for someone working a full time job with obligations.

RE: Getting a master's after PE?

If you have the time, do it now. Only gets harder and more complicated with age and family commitments.

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Eng-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Eng-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Eng-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Eng-Tips and talk with other members! Already a Member? Login


Resources

Low-Volume Rapid Injection Molding With 3D Printed Molds
Learn methods and guidelines for using stereolithography (SLA) 3D printed molds in the injection molding process to lower costs and lead time. Discover how this hybrid manufacturing process enables on-demand mold fabrication to quickly produce small batches of thermoplastic parts. Download Now
Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM)
Examine how the principles of DfAM upend many of the long-standing rules around manufacturability - allowing engineers and designers to place a part’s function at the center of their design considerations. Download Now
Taking Control of Engineering Documents
This ebook covers tips for creating and managing workflows, security best practices and protection of intellectual property, Cloud vs. on-premise software solutions, CAD file management, compliance, and more. Download Now

Close Box

Join Eng-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical engineering professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Eng-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close