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 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 (http://ncees.org/exams/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.
To download the application for eligibility to take the exam, go to http://www.peps.ohio.gov/Exams/OhioStudent.aspx . You will need to start the application process approximately four months ahead of when you wish to take the exam, so plan ahead!
*The FE exam is just the first step towards obtaining a PE license. Please visit the NCEES website http://ncees.org/ 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!
* Additional, detailed information about the benefits of being a licensed engineering and the licensure process can be found in the ME Undergraduate Student Handbook.