FE and PE Exam Information
FE and PE exam information sessions
Supported by the FSE Tutoring Centers, these sessions held during the fall and spring semesters aim to assist students in their written and oral presentation skills. Pre-registration for these sessions is not required.
Led by Professor Jean Andino (see bio below), these sessions will answer your questions regarding the engineering licensure process, such as:
- What are the FE and PE Exams?
- Do I need to take the FE or PE Exam?
- Where can I take these exams?
- How should I prepare for the exams?
Pre-registration for this exam is not required. This session is for students of all FSE engineering disciplines.
Please visit our FE and PE Exam Resources page for information related to these exams.
Jean M. Andino, PhD., P.E. Biography:
Prof. Andino is on the faculties of both Chemical Engineering and Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU), and serves as co-Director of the Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) at ASU. Her research group focuses on chemical kinetics and mechanisms as applied to air quality and energy themes. Recent major research themes include the development of novel photocatalytic systems for the chemical conversion of carbon dioxide to useful materials, as well as understanding the atmospheric degradation pathways of compounds that are of interest to the Department of Defense.
Prof. Andino is a graduate of Harvard (Bachelor of Science in Engineering Sciences) and the California Institute of Technology (PhD in Chemical Engineering). Between her undergraduate and graduate school years, she worked for two years as part of the Chemical Engineering and Chemistry departments of the Research Staff at Ford Motor Company. As a faculty member, Prof. Andino has obtained more than $12M in external funding, earned an NSF CAREER award at the start of her faculty career at the University of Florida, and a Fulbright US Scholar award in Renewable Energy in 2012 from the US Department of State for her faculty sabbatical from ASU. She is one of only a few chemical engineering faculty members in the US to earn a Fulbright award. Prof. Andino engages in significant service activities, currently serving on three National Academies panels/committees and the Fulbright Western Hemisphere selection committee. She is also a registered professional engineer (PE) who works with the National Council of Examiners in Engineering and Surveying to develop the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, the first step towards engineering licensure.
For detailed information regarding the FE or PE Exam, visit the NCEES website. Information provided includes:
- Exam Schedules
- FE Exam Specifications and Disciplines
- Exam-day policies
- Locations of exam testing centers
- Exam prep materials
Licensure in the U.S. is regulated by the states. To find information specific to your state’s policies, you will need to contact your state’s licensing board. The Arizona State Board of Technical Registration website is www.btr.az.gov.
When should I Take the FE Exam?
We recommend taking the FE Exam during your final semester of your undergraduate program or within a year of graduating from your undergraduate program. This exam is comprised of fundamentals of engineering that you will have learned throughout your coursework, and to be prepared for the exam you will want to make sure you have completed the majority of your fundamental undergraduate coursework first. We also suggest planning to take the exam at least a month before you plan to attend the FSE Career Fair, as you will want to include that you passed the exam on your resume.
What resources can I use during the FE Exam?
Besides specific calculators (review the NCEES Calculator Policy), the only resource allowed in the exam is the FE Reference Handbook, which is provided in a searchable PDF document to you by the NCEES during the exam. It is highly recommended that you download the FE Reference Manual from the NCEES ahead of time, in an effort to become familiar with the material before you take your exam. To download this handbook, visit ncees.org/FEref. NOTE: Students must register individually to receive their own copy of the reference handbook.