Fundamentals of Engineering
(F.E.) and Professional Engineer (P.E.) exams
One of the most important decisions you can make early in your engineering career is to put yourself on a course to become licensed as a professional engineer (P.E.). The profession is regulated by licensing boards in each U.S. state and territory.
The FE exam is typically the first step in the process leading to the P.E. license. It is designed for students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree.
The PE exam tests your ability to practice competently in a particular engineering discipline. It is designed for engineers who have gained at least four years’ post-college work experience in their chosen engineering discipline. The PE exam is typically the last step in the process of becoming a licensed P.E.
- OSU students receive certification through the Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors. It is through this board that a student applies and takes the exam.
- The College of Engineering offers Engineering 510 each Winter Quarter. This course helps prepare students for the F.E. exam. Current students as well as engineering degree holders may register for the course. Contact Ed McCaul for more information.
- A P.E. exam review course (non-credit) is available through the College of Engineering. Contact Ed McCaul for more information.