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Mechanical Engineering

Registration for the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination

Mechanical engineering seniors are strongly encouraged to take the first step to becoming registered professional engineers (PEs) by registering and successfully completing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, also called the Engineer in Training (EIT) exam. Seniors register to take the FE exam at the West Lafayette campus in their final fall or spring semester before graduation. Announcements appear early in the semester. To aid seniors in their preparation for the exam, the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) sells EIT Review Manuals, and the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) organizes faculty-taught review sessions on key topics covered on the FE exam. Typically, 50 to 75 percent of graduating mechanical engineering seniors register to take the FE exam, and 98 to 100 percent pass the exam on the first attempt.

After passing the FE exam and completing four years of engineering experience after graduation, an engineer is typically eligible to take the professional engineering (PE) licensing examination. Specific information about the EIT exam is available on the School of Mechanical Engineering home page. Questions about the FE exam or the process to become a registered professional engineer should be directed to Professor James D. Jones in the School of Mechanical Engineering.