Professional Engineering Registration

Professional registration is the legal process whereby State governments attempt to protect the public by certifying the credentials of various professional practitioners such as engineers, doctors, lawyers, etc.. Registration is a two step process. The first step is a written examination. Following successful completion of the examination, five years must elapse during which the candidate acquires experience in his/her field. Any time after the five-year interval the registration examination may be taken. If successfully completed, the State grants a Professional Engineer license.

The initial examination is called the "Fundamentals of Engineering Examination". It is normally taken during or just after the senior year of college. As the name implies, it tests ones knowledge of the fundamentals of engineering, all aspects of it. Much of the examination is based on material that is encompassed by courses such as Physics 11 and 21, ECE 81, and ECE 33. Further depth is provided by course such as Mat 33 and Mech 2.

The examination is taken in both a morning and afternoon session. The questions are multiple choice. Applicants will be provided with a Reference Handbook prior to the examination. Applicants may use this handbook while preparing and studying. No other reference material is to be brought to the examination site. Preparation for the examination requires a thorough review of the material. Studying sample examinations is an excellent way to get a feel for the content. One should also be familiar with any reference books that will be used during the examination.

An application to take the FE examination must be submitted by December 1 prior to the April test date. The examination is given in the Lehigh Valley in April. It is also given at other sites in Pennsylvania at other times.

The information regarding the FE Exam (Fundamentals of Engineering Exam) 
may be found at the following websites:

National Council for Examiners for Engineering and Surveying

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