Fundamentals of Engineering(FE) is a nationally recognized degree administered by NCEES. The FE degree although nationally recognized you can not practice engineering until you pass Professional Engineering(PE). That means without having PE License you can't sign the documents though you already passed the FE Exam. Now the question arises. Can students of all discipline be allowed to take FE Exam or not?
The answer is students of not all of the disciplines are allowed to participate in the FE Exam. The FE Exam administered by NCEES is discipline specific in almost all cases but for the students of other disciplines, there is also some sort of opportunities to attend the exam.
FE Exam is administered in seven major disciplines. The disciplines are-
- FE Civil(Exam Specification pdf)
- FE Mechanical(Exam Specification pdf)
- FE Chemical (Exam Specifications pdf)
- FE Electrical and Computer(Exam Specifications pdf)
- FE Environmental(Exam Specifications pdf)
- FE Industrial and Systems(Exam Specifications pdf)
- FE Other Disciplines(Exam Specifications pdf)
From the above list, it is clear that students of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering have discipline-specific exam module and syllabus. For the students of other disciplines, there is another module named 'FE Other Discipline'
Which Disciplines are under 'FE Other Discipline'?
Agricultural, Architectural, Bio-medical(not biological), Biological(Not Bio-Medical), Engineering Physics/Engineering Science,General Engineering, Geological and Geophysical,Materials,Mining, Mineral, Naval Architecture, Nuclear, Ocean, Petroleum, Structural
Moreover, students of the exam specific discipline can also take part in the 'FE Other Discipline' exam.