Gregg Wagener, M.S., P.E.
After I received my Professional Engineer license in electrical engineering
from the state of California I was browsing through the help wanted ads
in the Los Angeles Times just out of curiosity. You see, I got my degree
in Physics and I worked for the federal government (which doesn't consider
state licenses much in hiring), so I didn't know what a PE license was
worth in the real world. I happened on an ad for a teaching position to
teach a review course for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination.
The FE examination is required to get an Engineer-In-Training (EIT) certificate
which is required to get an engineering license. The course was to be taught
on Saturdays and they wanted a PE to do the teaching. I applied and got
the job in Nov 93 and the class started in Feb 94. I was to teach three
Saturdays and another instructor was to teach four Saturdays. I guess the
other instructor figured out just how hard that job was, because he quit
in Dec. So I taught the whole course. I somehow managed to survive working
12 hour days for several weeks to prepare the course and do my regular
job. I continued to teach the course 5 more times (the FE examination is
given twice a year) and taught part of a course for the Principles of Practice
(PP) examination in electrical engineering. The PP examination is required
to get an engineering license. Unfortunately, the course was
discontinued because the organization I worked for had difficulty getting
enough students (they are located up in the San Francisco Bay area). Also,
I was busy getting a master's degree.
After I finished my master's in EE, the same organization hired me to
teach a review course for the electrical engineering PE exam in Glendale,
California and later moved the site to Burbank.
To find out more about the course, visit Professional Engineering Institute
I act as an advisor for an Internet bulletin board for the electrical
engineering PE exam and part of the FE exam (the electrical engineering
weeks). Participants pay a fee to be able to post questions to the bulletin
board which I answer. The bulletin boards are operated by
Publications which also publishes the text book used.