June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
Minorities in Engineering
13.999.1 - 13.999.8
Preparing Minority Engineering Students to Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination
The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination is the first of two (2) examinations engineers must pass in order to be certified as a Professional Engineer. Once they pass the FE exam, they are classified as an intern, also known as an Engineering Intern (EI) or an Engineer- in-Training (EIT). This exam is offered twice yearly, in April and October, by the National Council of Examiners of Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and it has jurisdictions in each state.
Our engineering program is an ABET accredited program. One of our educational objectives is to produce graduates who are competent enough to pass the FE exam, leading to professional registration. To be able to assess this objective, the program requires students to take the FE exam prior to graduation, preferably after all relevant technical courses have been taken and while the information they have studied is still fresh in their minds. In reality, some students attend the FE exam without any preparation, taking the exam just to satisfy the requirement and lacking the determination to pass the exam since the program does not require the student to do so.
To correct this misconception among the students and to stimulate their awareness of the importance of engineering licensure in their profession, the faculty of the department has been undertaking a series of actions that could help students prepare for the FE exam and could improve the pass rate of the FE exam in the future. In this paper, the authors would like to share their experiences and outline the processes that could help minority engineering students pass the FE exam.
1. Fundamentals of Engineering Examination Background
The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination is the first of two (2) examinations engineers must pass in order to be licensed as a Professional Engineer. The FE exam is often viewed as a measure of minimum competency to enter the profession. This exam is offered in April and October every year by the National Council of Examiners of Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and the licensure board for engineers in each state.
Those who pass the exam are designated Engineers In Training (EIT) or given an equivalent designation, such as Engineer Intern (EI), by their state's licensure board for engineers, and are partway through the certification process. After completing an apprenticeship (the length of which is set by state law and based on the type of degree received) an EIT or EI may qualify to take the Professional Engineer (PE) exam. Licensure is awarded upon successful completion of the PE exam. The standard time of apprenticeship under a Professional Engineer for graduates of an ABET accredited engineering program is four (4) years of work experience.
Liaw, G., & Saha, P., & Foreman, J. (2008, June), Preparing Minority Engineering Students To Pass The Fundamentals Of Engineering Examination Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3701
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