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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Education Path for the Forensic Engineer

Here is a quick breakdown of what you need to do to become a forensic engineer:
  • Get a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering
  • Major in an engineering sub-specialty field
  • Take on an internship to gain experience
  • Contact your State to find out which exams are needed
  • Complete and pass your State’s examinations
  • Contact the International Institute of Forensic Engineering Sciences, IIFES
  • Apply to their program
  • Contact your State for further requirements to become licensed
  • Get your license
  • Find employment and start working!

Forensic Engineer Curriculum

Universities or colleges who have a forensic engineer program should follow the following curriculum guidelines set forth by the Forensic Engineering Curriculum Committee:
  • Introduction to Forensic Engineering
  • Product LiabilityFE
  • Forensic Engineering Project
  • Advanced Forensic Engineering Techniques
  • Computer Applications in Forensic Engineering
  • Engineering Ethics
  • Mathematics
  • Human Factors in Engineering
  • Safety Engineering
  • Applied Ergonomics
  • Legal Aspects of Engineering Practice
  • Photogrammetry
  • Medical Device Accidents and their Engineering Analysis
  • Combustion
  • Human Error and Human Reliability Assessment
The plan of study should consist of at least 33 semester hours of graduate credit. A core 15 semester hours is devoted and applied to forensic engineering. Universities can usually meet this requirement by employing adjunct faculty who are practicing forensic engineers.  For students who want to help a particular university or college meets these requirements, direct them to the NAFE website where they can download all curriculum requirements.

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