Nationwide, 62% of petroleum engineers taking the professional engineer exam passed the test. Firsttime test takers succeeded with a pass rate of 70%. NCEES and the state engineering boards released the 2007 professional engineering exam results in March. The estimated pass rates of a few other engineering disciplines were:
  • Agricultural 67%
  • Chemical 66%
  • Civil 58%
  • Control Systems 70%
  • Electrical 62%
  • Environmental 69%
  • Fire Protection 49%
  • Industrial 55%
  • Mechanical 55%
  • Metallurgical 50%
  • Mining 60%
  • Petroleum 62%
  • Structural 42%

The petroleum engineering pass rates in 2006 for selected states:
  • Alaska 100%
  • California 0%
  • Colorado 0%
  • Louisiana 33%
  • New Mexico 100%
  • Oklahoma 67%
  • Texas 74%
  • Wyoming 100%

What are the requirements to take the petroleum PE exam? Today, most states require that you have
  • An engineering, math or science degree
  • Passed the fundamentals, or Engineer-In-Training (EIT) Exam
  • At least four years of professional experience.
Interested? Contact the Texas State Engineering Board at (512) 440-7723 for application forms. State Web sites are also available at: www.ncees.org/licensure/licensing_boards.
The application deadline to take this year’s PE exam is July 18. This year’s test will be given on
Friday, October 24.