Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam

All engineering undergraduates are strongly encouraged to take the FE exam during their senior year. Requirements may vary by major.

What is the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam?

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is typically the first step in becoming a licensed professional engineer. It is intended for students who are within 2 semesters of graduation from an EAC of ABET Inc. engineering program. It is an online exam that is specific to your engineering discipline, and is administered year round. More information can be found at NCEES.

Why sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam?

Along with your degree in engineering, passing the FE exam adds to your list of recognized credentials when applying for engineering positions.

It is a practical means of assessing your skills and experience.
The results are published in Tennessee and nationwide, so it affects the reputation of the college.
It provides additional verification of your knowledge of the principles and practices in your specific major.
It gives you membership in a distinctive peer group made up of your fellow professionals.
It looks good to potential employers.
It can aid in your career advancement and compensation because many engineering positions require the employee to hold a Professional Engineer's license.

What are the steps in applying to sit for the FE exam?

Go to the NCEES website to do exam preparation and register for the exam. Complete the Engineer Intern application available here.

When and how will I know if I passed?

You will be notified via email 7 to 10 days after the exam.

What about the costs?

The College of Engineering will reimburse all costs associated with a passing grade for the FE exam that is taken while you are still enrolled as an undergraduate. This includes costs for the exam preparation at NCEES, the exam itself, and registration in Tennessee. Present receipts and proof of a passing grade to your departmental admin to start the reimbursement process.

You will not be reimbursed for failing attempts, or attempts while you are not enrolled as an undergraduate engineering student in the Herff College of Engineering