Here’s the story. I’ve spent 24 years in the fire service, the last 12 years I was the fire prevention guy. Inspection, testing, maintenance, plan reviews, etc. The last 2 years I was in charge of fire prevention (as a part of many other duties), overseeing five other people doing various similar work. I also owned a business for the past 8 years that does inspection and testing of aviation fuel systems (fixed sites on the ground, not in aircraft) and teaching others to inspect and/or operate them.
Both of these overlapping careers have been engineering heavy. I never marketed myself as an engineer, nor did I work directly under a PE.
I have jumped to a different, but very closely related career in the past year. I am now surrounded by engineers. Brand new ones, some a year out of school, others at the end of their careers, and everywhere in between. It’s time to get that PE license that I always wanted.
I had leaned towards fire protection engineering in college, however it would have added 1.5 years - that was not in the cards. My BS is in fire science, but was heavily loaded in engineering. My master’s is in Public Administration (I was a fire chief, that’s what I needed at the time). Going back for another master’s is not in the cards.
The top-level engineers I work for seem confident that my experience would count towards the 8-year experience track for licensure as a PE in fire protection. They have my full history, they know the rules there, I will take their word at face value.
It has been nearly 20 years since my BS. I will be sitting for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam (for other disciplines) as soon as I can. I have the NCEES study materials, which I wouldn’t say were written in Greek, but it’s certainly not Massachusetts vernacular. Calculus hasn’t been used inside my head for a long, long time. It’s coming back, but not as fast as I’d like it to.
My question - In the opinion of those in the engineering world, is it reasonable for someone who is 20 years out to expect to pass the FE, and eventually (hopefully next October) the PE exam?
I wouldn’t say I need to be talked off of a ledge, but I’m not confident I’m being reasonable in my expectations.