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Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam: a required step in the process for obtaining engineering licensure (Professional Engineer (PE) License)

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1 Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam: a required step in the process for obtaining engineering licensure (Professional Engineer (PE) License)

2 Engineering licensure - what is it? Licensure… Demonstrates that you've accomplished a recognized standard Sets you apart from others in your profession Provides career options and opportunities that might not have been available otherwise Serves as a protection of public health, safety, and welfare Is legally required to offer your services as a consultant

3 How do I get licensed? Step 1 Graduation The first step is graduating from an ABET-accredited engineering program. You can take the exam 84 CR HRS toward an ABET accredited degree by the time you apply to take the exam. Step 2 FE Exam The first exam in the licensure process is the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE). This exam is offered in April and October every year. Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Step 3 Work Experience In general, four years under a Professional Engineer. Step 4 PE Exam After the appropriate experience required, you can take the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE).Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE)

4 Why bother with licensure? Your career could last 40 years or more. Changes can take place. Only licensed professionals are allowed to offer their services to the public and sign and seal plans for the public. This path can lead you to higher wages, a wider range of career opportunities, and a higher level of respect and credibility among your engineering peers.

5 Why take the FE now? 75% pass rate now (higher for CU) 52% pass rate in two years But, don’t take the FE if you aren’t going to take it seriously. Results reflect on everyone at CU. Pass rates are known to employers and other schools. Prepare now Attend FE preparation classes in Spring Take practice questions on web.

6 Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Morning Session – 4 hours (120 questions in 12 topic areas) Afternoon Session – 4 hours (60 questions – Engineering Area (like major))

7 Morning Session – 4 hours (120 questions in 12 topic areas) Mathematics 15% Eng Probability & Statistics 7% Chemistry 9% Computers 7% Ethics and Business Practices 7% Engineering Economics 8% Engineering Mechanics10% Strength of Materials 7% Materials Properties 7% Fluid Mechanics 7% Electricity and Magnetism 9% Thermodynamics 7%

8 Afternoon Session – 4 hours (60 questions – Engineering Area (like major)) Chemical Engineering Civil Electrical Environmental Industrial (E&M Majors) Mechanical General

9 Your packets: Informational Memo List of notaries on campus (application must be notarized) Professional Engineer Licensing Application packet – need to complete Form 1 and return to Eileen Winters by October 15. It’s all on the website anyway, or you can contact Eileen ( ;


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