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Old 12-30-2005, 01:12 PM   #1
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Default Any engineers take the FE exam?

I'm seriously considering taking it and I may take a course this semester to prepare.
Anyone take it or know someone who has? Any advice or comments?
Ohh I'm a ME. Though I would mention that since it'* importance varies from ME EE & CE'*.
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I took it. Don't spend too much time studying Diff Eq, I only remember one question and it was fairly basic. Do spend time on electrical circuit analysis and thermal systems. Look at some engineering ethics, but a lot if that is common sense. Refresh your probability skills. And a little mechanics of materials.

Bring a graphing calculator and a standard calculator. They may say graphing are not allowed, but that just depends on the proctors.

They will never tell you how you did, just pass/fail.
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I took it. Don't spend too much time studying Diff Eq, I only remember one question and it was fairly basic. Do spend time on electrical circuit analysis and thermal systems. Look at some engineering ethics, but a lot if that is common sense. Refresh your probability skills. And a little mechanics of materials.

Bring a graphing calculator and a standard calculator. They may say graphing are not allowed, but that just depends on the proctors.

They will never tell you how you did, just pass/fail.
Thanks for the tips.
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I took it a couple years ago (and passed!). It'* not as bad as everybody makes it out to be. I have an EE degree, and I thought it was straightforward (though I wouldn't go so far as to call it easy). For me, the hardest questions were the ones related to civil engineering, but there weren't very many on the test that I took.

Some rich alumnus paid for all of the engineers at my school to sit for the exam. If the FE hadn't been free for me, I probably wouldn't have taken it. As you probably know, it is very important for civils to become PEs, but it generally isn't very important for MEs and EEs to attain that status. Nonetheless, passing the FE does bestow a certain feeling of accomplishment, and there are certainly no drawbacks.

Good luck with your exam!

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My company in particular gives a bonus and substantial pay increase when you pass the PE.
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I took it. Take it as soon as you can to graduation so things are fresh. I didn't think the practice exam online was representative of the exam itself. The ME specific portion had a lot of HVAC, motor work/efficiency and thermo; I never did much HVAC and dont care for the motor stuff so I took the general all the way through. I had trouble finishing quick enough, but I tend to be a slow test taker. Just remember all the questions are equal weight so skip hard ones and come back and guess if you have to. You just have to prepare for a bit of all of the fundamentals. There was a review course where I went too. I didn't take it...some people said it was helpful some did not. I think it just depends on how you like to study. I tend to study by myself.
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My company in particular gives a bonus and substantial pay increase when you pass the PE.
What type(*) of engineers are employed at your company, if I may ask?
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Remember, you get penalized more for incorrect answers than you do no answer. It discourages guessing.

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My company in particular gives a bonus and substantial pay increase when you pass the PE.
What type(*) of engineers are employed at your company, if I may ask?
Mechanical, agricultural (I'm a combo of ag and mech), electrical, chemical, industrial, manufacturing, most of the mainstream engineering disciplines. We are (try to be) a "full service engineering source".
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Thanks everybody. Good info.
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An interesting topic for me.
I have a degree in ME and receiced my Professional Engineering status 25 years ago.
The testing requirements back then were very much less then than now.
A minimum two years of practical logged Engineering experience after graduation and then a simple 2 hr Ethics and Law exam.

What does FE stand for? Final Exam? Is this done in your final year or after graduation?
I am not familiar with US Engineering.
Do you all wear iron (now SS) rings on your pinky finger like us Canuks?

Canada divides its Engineering Associations by Province and separate membership in each one is required to practice Engineering legally in each province.
Here in British Columbia it'* the APEGBC (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC)

I manage Projects in our Engineering dept and routinely hire young University students for summer terms. There is a University close by that offers a Co-op program for Engineering. Four months of school then 4 months of work. It takes a year longer to get your degree but you get 2 years of related work experience, can afford to pay your own education and it'* easier to find a job you will like since you get to try different types of Engineering jobs over the six 4 month work terms.
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