Carnegie Mellon University

Professional Engineer (PE)

A “PE” is the acronym for a Professional Engineer. The PE designation is required to prepare, sign, seal and submit certain engineering plans and designs for public, government and some private authorities. This ensures that the engineer be aware of the federal and state requirements, which is why PE designations are authorized on a state-by-state basis. A PE has been licensed by a particular state after completing the following four-step process:

  1. Graduation from an accredited engineering program
  2. Completion of the Fundamentals Engineering (FE) exam
  3. Four years of engineering experience
  4. Completion of the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PPE) exam

Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon is an ABET accredited program, so the first condition of the PE is satisfied. For specific aspects of ABET accreditation and licenses, visit the ABET website.

For more on the PE exam and chemical engineering, visit resources and information available through AIChE’s website:

About the PE as a Chemical Engineer

The PE exam

Top 5 reasons to get a PE as a chemical engineer