Submit an answer Christine, San Diego AddedSaturday, March 1, 2014 at 1:53 AM Difference between an engineering degree and an engineering license If I graduate with a degree in engineering, does that mean I also have an engineering license to work professionally as an engineer? Related to Internships & Jobs Reset Sort By Default Stephanie Lewis , Atmos Energy Answered Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 1:53 AM Upon graduation or around the time prior to graduation, you will have an option to take a "FE" or "EIT" (name depends on your state licesning board) exam. This will provide a certification as an Engineer in Training. After about 4 years of professional experience under a licensed PE (Professional Engineer), you will then take another exam, the PE. Again, different states have different procedures and guidelines. With a PE, you will be considered a licensed and professional engineer.