Information on Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, also referred to as the Engineer in Training (EIT) exam, is the first of two examinations that engineers must pass in order to be licensed as a Professional Engineer in the United States. The exam is open to anyone with a degree in engineering or a related field, or currently enrolled in the last year of an ABET-accredited engineering degree program.

Professional Engineering licensure can be a very useful element in the career of a Mechanical Engineer. Although it's not as commonplace in ME as in other engineering fields (the PE is almost required for Civil and Environmental Engineers), a PE for a Mechanical Engineer may open up future opportunities (consulting, etc) and certainly looks good on a resume. Most importantly, THERE IS NO BETTER TIME TO TAKE THE FE EXAM THAN BEFORE YOU GRADUATE; IT WILL NEVER BE EASIER. If you are even thinking that a PE might be something you are interested in down the road, my advice would be to take the FE Exam prior to graduation.

If you are interested in completing the application for the FE Exam, please let the administrative staff of the Mechanical Engineering Department know via email ( The ME Department needs to know as there are some elements of the application, such as a Statement of Good Standing and the transcript, that the department sends directly.


Once you are signed up for the FE Exam, it's time to prepare! Here are some notes that I hope will be helpful!

1. Stevens hosts free FE review classes on certain topics covered in the FE Exam in the FALL SEMESTER (prior to the FE Exam date). You will see signs listing the dates and topics covered around the ME Department in the beginning of the Fall Semester.

2. NCEES, the 'College Board' of the FE Exam, has a webpage discussing some of the specifics of the exam, as well as a copy of the 'formula sheets' that you will get at the exam. They also have exam prep books for sale if you are interested.

3. A former Stevens Mechanical Engineering alumni has developed preparation materials via a YouTube channel and a Udemy course (for the PE Exam).