The Fundamentals of Engineering Exam for Nuclear Engineers
Starting your Journey to become a Nuclear Professional Engineer
What is the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam?
- The first step in the process to becoming a professional licensed engineer (P.E.)
- Designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree from an EAC/ABET accredited program
- A broad knowledge type of exam that covers many of the topics required for an engineering degree
- Approximately 50,000 examinees annually, 70% students
- Offered in seven disciplines; most often selected by nuclear engineers:
- FE Mechanical
- FE Other Disciplines
- A computer-based exam administered year-round in testing windows at NCEES-approved Pearson VUE test centers
- Six hours
- Closed book (onscreen reference book provided with the exam)
- 110 multiple-choice questions
Who develops and administers the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam?
- National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying – NCEES
- Coalition of member licensing boards
- 50 states
- 5 US jurisdictions: District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands
- Located in Clemson, South Carolina
- Developed “Model Law” based on best practices
- Promotes uniform requirements for licensure
- Develops and administers FE and PE examinations
FE Exam Pass Rates
- Among examinees who:
- Took the FE exam for the first time
- Attended AEC.ABET-accredited engineering programs
- Took the FE exam within 12 months of graduation
- Pass rates ranged from 68% to 80% depending upon exam discipline
- Among those in a nuclear program, 90% passed the “other disciplines” exam
- Pass rates decrease with time since being enrolled in college:
- Still enrolled: 75%
- Graduated within 2 years: 52%
- Graduated last 3-5 years: 40%
- Printed exam reference book available from NCEES for $14, download PDF for free
- Specifications for FE exams available as PDFs
- Registration process
Tips to Prepare for the FE Exam
- Review specifications for the version of the exam you are taking.
- Focus review on areas where you believe you can answer the most questions correctly.
- Familiarize yourself with the exam reference book before taking the exam.
- Get plenty of rest and eat healthily leading up to exam day.
- Bring required personal identification required for exam entry.
Last modified May 25, 2017, 10:16am CDT