- You can start your own company or work as a consultant.
- You gain increased job mobility and opportunities.
- You will have a license recognized in every state giving you the opportunity to work on projects anywhere your career takes you.
- You will have the potential to earn a higher income. P.E.s average $20,000 a year* more in salary compared to unlicensed engineers in comparable positions.
**75,000 students graduate each year with an engineering degree
5 out of 9 students take the FE
4 out of 5 pass it
only 1 out of 9 becomes a PE
* According to the National Society of Professional Engineers Salary Survey
**According to the National Council on Examiners of Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
How do I get licensed?
Exact qualifications vary by state but the basic requirements are the same. Licensure requires obtaining a college degree in engineering from an approved, accredited university or college as well as passing two nationally standardized exams; the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam (usually taken as a senior in college) and the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam (usually taken after four or more years of professional experience.)
When can I take the exams?
The FE and PE exams are offered twice a year in April and October. The dates are set by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), the entity that writes and scores the exams. Upcoming exam dates are:
|2012 - April 14, October 27
||2012 - April 13, October 26
||2012 - April 13-14, October 26-27
|2013 - April 13, October 26
||2013 - April 12, October 25
||2013 - April 12-13, October 25-26
|2014 - April 12, October 25
||2014 - April 11, October 24
||2014 - April 11-12, October 24-25
How do I register for an exam?
Both the FE and PE exams are administered locally through your state board of registration. The registration periods vary significantly by state, anywhere from 45-180 days before the exam. Contact your state board directly for particulars.
What is the format of the FE Exam?
The FE exam tests basic knowledge of engineering principles. Much of the information on the exam is covered in the first two years and a half years of an undergraduate engineering education. That is why you should ideally take the exam while you are in college when the information is fresh and you have good study habits.
The exam consists of two four-hour sessions, one administered in the morning and one administered in the afternoon. The questions on the FE exam are grouped by subject and are multiple choice. The exam is in both conventional English and SI units. The morning session consists of 120 general knowledge questions and everyone takes the same exam.
The breakdown of the subject matter for the morning exam is:
15% - Mathematics
10% - Engineering Mechanics (Statics & Dynamics)
9% - Electricity & Magnetism
9% - Chemistry
8% - Engineering Economics
7% - Thermodynamics
7% - Engineering & Probability
7% - Material Properties
7% - Strength of Materials
7% - Fluid Mechanics
7% - Computers
7% - Ethics and Business Practices
There are 60 questions on the afternoon exam. You choose from one of seven options for the afternoon exam, either a general exam or one of the following specific engineering disciplines:
See the NCEES for more on the FE exam.
What do I need to fully prepare for the FE Exam?
To completely prepare for the exam, we suggest the following:
See our FE review materials
What is the format of the PE Exam?
The PE exam is eight hours in length and also consists of a morning (Breadth) and afternoon (Depth) session. The exam is open book but some states place restrictions on the material allowed into the exam. Units used for several of the exams are as follows.
|SI and Conventional English
||Vertical Forces & Incidental Lateral components
||Lateral Forces components
|Electrical and Computer
Civil, electrical, and mechanical engineers have a breadth exam in the morning and the option of several different depth exams in the afternoon. Some states have additional requirements or offer a different version of the exam. For example, to earn licensure as a civil engineer in California, you must also pass the state-administered exams on engineering surveying and seismic principles.
See the NCEES for more on the PE exam.
Visit your state board for PE regulations for your state.
What do I need to fully prepare for the PE Exam?
To completely prepare for the PE Exam, we suggest the following:
- A license review book specific to your discipline.
A problems and solutions book specific to your discipline.
- Any number of supplemental review resources, including sample exams and additional problems and solutions.
- A cross-code reference book if applicable.
See our PE review materials.
How are the exams graded?
All answer sheets for multiple-choice exams are machine graded; a percentage of answer sheets are also manually verified to ensure accuracy. The essays for Lateral Forces PE exams are scored by teams of subject-matter experts.
Visit the NCEES for more information on exam grading.
How long after I purchase an online course will I be able to access it?
A student’s access to any single online course enrollment begins immediately after purchase. Engineering online exam prep products will be accessible for 1 year from the date of purchase. A new enrollment must be created at an additional charge to the customer if more time is required in the course.
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