in the utility industry, getting registered as a professional engineer (PE) is very important. it means that you can approve designs for construction, act as an expert witness, and be held legally responsible for projects that you approve.
without a PE, you are stuck in the bottom rungs of the industry.
the first step to getting registered as a PE was to get registered as an engineer in training (EIT). doing this requires completing an 8 hour test covering all aspects of undergraduate engineering.
i just got notice in the mail today that i succeeded on my first attempt.
so, with any luck, i'll be able to take the PE exam in the spring or next fall and be registered as a PE by this time next year.