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Professional Licensure and FE Exam

Students who are within six months of graduation should consider taking the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam.  The FE Exam is the first step towards professional licensure.  Why might it be important to be a licensed engineer? 

According to the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), by becoming a professional engineer you:

  • Demonstrate that you've accomplished a recognized standard;
  • Set yourself apart from others in your profession;
  • Open the door for career options and opportunities that might not have otherwise been available to you. 
  • In addition, professional licensure is a must for anyone wishing to work on projects that affect public safety.  

The FE Exam (

The Licensure Process

Step #1: Graduation (from an ABET-accredited engineering program)

Step #2: The FE Exam

Step #3: Work Experience

Step #4: The Professional Engineering Exam


The FE Exam (

The best time to take the FE exam is before or immediately after graduation while the technical information is still fresh in your mind.  You are eligible to take the exam as soon as you are within 6 months of graduation. 

The FE and FS exams are offered at Pearson Vue Select testing centers located throughout Ohio. The exams are offered in four two-month testing windows with exams available in January-February, April-May, July-August and October-November. Candidates will be permitted to take the FE and FS exams one time during each testing window, limited to three times in a 12-month period. Registration for the exams is currently open through NCEES.

*The FE exam is just the first step towards obtaining a PE license. Please visit the NCEES website for more information about the licensure process.


Final Note:  Statistics show that 82% of Mechanical Engineering students who take this exam within 12 months of graduation pass the test.  The pass rate decreases as time after graduation increases, so plan to take the test as soon as possible after you graduate, before you graduate if possible!