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Top 4 Ways to Earn This Year’s CE Units Online

May 21, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by Tate Engineering

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Mechanical Engineers and Technicians are usually required to accumulate a certain number of CE (Continuing Education) credits each year to keep their various licenses active. Being professionally licensed means that mechanical engineers must obtain a certain number of CE hours. This can range from eight to thirty hours annually, depending on the state you reside in and the types of license you hold.

While many of the country’s engineers and technicians are considered essential personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be difficult to know where to go to gain these required CE credits. Luckily, there are several online options that will allow you to gain these credits from the office or from your home.

While many look at the need for annual CE credits as a task, others have leveraged this requirement more creatively. You can use this as an opportunity to build on the skills you have acquired. Technicians and engineers are finding this to be an opportunity to enhance their career, while also converting those extra hours into something more substantially productive. The courses provided online also provide mechanical engineers with an opportunity to stay informed about the latest developments and technologies in the world of mechanical engineering.

Online Courses

Let’s take a look at the online courses that are available for mechanical engineers. These courses are designed to empower studious engineers with the skill sets required to continue their advancement into the mechanical engineering workforce.


PDH Star is a board-approved continuing education provider that helps in professional license renewal and knowledge expansion. It also provides users with the latest updates in their industry, and provides them with the opportunity to become an instructor in the future. The courses and material provided cover today’s design and construction practices around mechanical engineering.

PDH Star also provides state and discipline-specific discounted rates for professionals and students (depending on the course and state the professionals and students live in) through a range of course and webinar categories. Users can also leverage their limited time introductory offer of a 20% discount on their already less expensive courses.


A premium provider for continuing education, PDH PRO is designed for professional engineers. They have thousands of hours of course content and work to choose from. Every subject matter is prepared by professional engineers with an average of 28 years of experience, so you know you’re in safe hands. A fine variety of webinars and online courses are provided to keep you updated with the latest technological advancements and industry standards. They are a board-approved provider based out of New Jersey, North Carolina, and Maryland. PDH PRO gives a 100% guarantee that the courses you choose will be accepted by your state engineering board.

3. PDH Express

As the name suggests, PDH Express is one of the fastest ways for technical professionals in mechanical engineering to obtain their licenses. This is a trusted and recognized continuing education provider that’s BBB accredited. All of their courses are in accordance and agreement with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) standards, as well as all State Boards of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. For engineers who need to obtain their certificate at the last minute, there is the opportunity to print PDH certificates instantly.

4. ASME – The American Society of Mechanical Engineering

ASME, a board-approved, established education provider, helps professionals and students accelerate professional development and remain current in today’s competitive professional environment. Their online, on-site, and blended learning solutions provide trusted competencies to help users throughout their professional journey and subsequently aid them in the workforce through critical thinking and problem-solving.

It’s important for mechanical engineers to constantly work toward updating their skill sets with CE courses. Since many states have restricted gatherings of more than 10, we are fortunate to live in a time where so much education is available online. It will not only sharpen your skills, it will also understandably enhance your academic learning. The technology involved in mechanical engineering is constantly evolving, becoming more advanced and complicated every year. Be sure to stay on top of it!

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Written by Tate Engineering