Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Information

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The CEE Department strongly urges you to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE or EIT) examination in your final undergraduate semester. Passing this exam is the first official step to becoming a licensed Professional Engineer. Many employers consider this as a very positive element of a resume when deciding whom to hire. Also, the sooner you pass the FE exam, the sooner you can take the PE exam to become a licensed Professional Engineer. Analyses have shown that students who take the FE exam as an undergraduate are more likely to pass than those who wait to take the exam after they graduate. Much of the exam is based on course material from the freshman-to-junior years, so the longer that you wait, the more you potentially will forget.

Loads of information about the FE exam is found at the webpage of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.The exam is given year-round at various sites; for test locations, see  the NCEES website  The Department urges you to look at the Registration form (doc) and register for the exam well before the deadline. For more information, see the State of Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation site.

The application requires that an Official Transcript be sent to the licensing board. Also, if you have not graduated, a letter of “anticipated graduation” need to be requested to FE/Graduation Letter Request. This letter needs to be generated from the Undergraduate Advising and Academic Support office. Please allow sufficient time for the letter to be prepared.

Questions about Professional Engineering licensure, the licensure process, and the FE exam can be directed to Dr. Allen Davis, 301-405-1958.