This event will be a collaboration with NSBE’s Philadelphia Professional Chapter, NSBE ‘s local
Collegiate Chapters, NCEES & PECO. The purpose is to expose local college students;
particularly juniors and senior pursing engineering or closely related STEM degrees, to the
NCEES certifications: the Engineering in Training certification (EIT) and the Professional
Engineering license (PE). Currently, there’s a lack of minority licensed engineers across all
industries. As of 2022, its estimated that there are nearly 5k professional engineers and of that
figure, the lowest percentages are attributed to minorities: Asian (12.6%), Hispanic or Latino
(11.7%) Black or African American (4%). We would like to increase these percentages by
educating aspiring engineers on the benefits and responsibilities of a professional engineer in
addition to the requirement for obtaining a EIT certification and ultimately, a PE license.
All universities don’t prepare junior and senior year students for the technical exams necessary
to obtain their EIT certification upon graduation and because of this, many young professionals
enter the workforce at a deficit. Therefore, it’s extremely beneficial for students not only to have
the awareness of this certification but to have obtained it upon or shortly after graduation.