The Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, in short FE exam, is also referred to as EIT (Engineer in Training) exam. This is a mandatory exam that the engineers should qualify in order to be a professional engineer in the US. Usually the FE exam is administered in April and October.
Anyone having engineering degree or a degree in related field is eligible for the exam.
Those who are in the final year of engineering course can also take the FE exam. Some states allow even those who have never attended an approved program to appear for the exam. But they should have a state-determined number of years of work experience in engineering.
The FE exam is eight hours long that includes both morning and afternoon sessions of four hours. Candidates will have to answer a total of 180 multiple choice questions. The morning session includes 120 questions and afternoon session comprises of 60 questions.
The morning session will be a general exam that every candidate should attend and for the afternoon session, candidates will have to choose one of the following areas- chemical engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering etc.
The general exam covers the following areas including Mathematics, Engineering Probability and Statistics, Chemistry, Computers, Ethics and Business Practices, Engineering Economics, Engineering Mechanics, Strength of Materials, Material Properties, Fluid Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism and Thermodynamics.
Those who opt for chemical engineering should be thorough with organic and inorganic chemistry, material/energy balances, chemical engineering thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, mass transfer, chemical reaction engineering, process design and economic optimization, computer usage in chemical engineering, process control, safety, health, and environmental issues.
The afternoon session for civil engineering students include topics from surveying, hydraulics and hydrologic systems, soil mechanics and foundations, environmental engineering, transportation, structural analysis, structural design, construction management and materials.
Electrical engineering students should concentrate on the following topics- circuits, power, electromagnetics, control systems, communication, signal processing, electronics, digital systems and computer systems.
Engineering economics, probability and statistics, modeling and computation, industrial management, manufacturing and production systems, facilities and logistics, human factors, productivity, ergonomics, and work design are the areas that should be covered by industrial engineering students.
Mechanical engineering students should be thorough with mechanical design and analysis, kinematics, dynamics, and vibrations, materials and processing, measurements, instrumentation, and controls, thermodynamics and energy conversion processes, fluid mechanics and fluid machinery, heat transfer, refrigeration and HVAC.
Environmental engineering students should cover areas such as water resources, water and wastewater engineering, air quality engineering, solid and hazardous waste engineering and environmental science and management.
The minimum score required to pass the FE exam is 70.