Jump Start Your Engineering Career in Undergrad by Passing the FE Exam
As an exam review course provider, we often get asked about the best time to take the FE exam. Our answer: during senior year of college or very soon after graduating. Although some examinees may wait several years after graduating college to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)
exam, those who take the exam while in college have many advantages over those who wait.
The main advantage college students have when taking the FE exam is that the information is very fresh in their minds. Many topics on the FE exam are based on concepts learned in undergraduate engineering classes. In fact, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) claims the FE exam "is designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree from an EAC/ABET-accredited program." If you take the FE exam around the completion of your undergrad career, you will most likely cut down on many hours of study time. Who wants to study hydraulics more than they really have to?
Another advantage of taking the FE exam in college is to jump start your career. Those who take the FE exam as soon as possible will be able to get their Professional Engineering (PE) license earlier in their careers than those who wait. Technically by law, people can only refer to themselves as engineers once they have a PE license, and many engineering positions require a license.
Higher salaries are typically a result of obtaining a PE license. According to NCEES' website, "Salary studies show that as a P.E., you can expect to earn significantly more throughout your career."