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Books for the FE exam?

  1. Feb 14, 2007 #1
    Hey guys,

    I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions for review books for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. I searched amazon.com for books, but there are SO many with mixed reviews that I am having trouble finding a book to study from.

    I am looking for two books: one for the general exam and one for the electrical engineering exam. Price is NOT an issue.

    Just the name of the publisher would be fine, but links from amazon.com would be amazing.

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  3. Feb 14, 2007 #2
    I have the exact same question as I am going to soon graduate in a double major in EE and physics. :D I may take the FE exam, even though my real plan is to start graduate studies in physics. However, having an engineering license can't hurt.
  4. Feb 23, 2007 #3

    I bought this book for the general exam: FE Review Manual: Rapid Preparation for the General Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, 2nd ed. by Michael Lindeburg. For the EE specific exam, I got: Electrical Engineering: FE Exam preparation by Lincoln Jones.

    I also picked up the "Fundamentals of Engineering Supplied-Reference Handbook" for $20. It's pretty helpful.

    Good luck.
  5. Feb 23, 2007 #4
    excellent. thanks a lot.

    also, I know you can use any reference you want on the PE exam....does the same hold true for the FE exam? IIRC, they give you a small booklet with various physical constants and whatnot, but you cannot use other sources. Is this true?
  6. Feb 24, 2007 #5
    Yeah, for the FE you can not bring ANYTHING in for reference except the "Fundamentals of Engineering Supplied-Reference Handbook," which is given to you. Also, you can only use calculators that are deemed acceptable by the NCEES. That list includes only four calculators, I believe.
  7. Feb 25, 2007 #6
    I've heard that for EE's, the FE exam isn't really necessary. Why are you taking it?
  8. Feb 25, 2007 #7
    What? The FE is required for all engineering disciplines.

    In Michigan, all engineers must take the FE (general engineering and discipline specific components - exam takes roughly 6 hours). Then one needs 4 years of experience working underneath a licenced PE. Finally, once the engineer in training accomplishes this then they must take the PE exam, which generally encompasses discipline specific topics and ethical issues.
  9. Feb 25, 2007 #8
    It must vary by state, then. My school's EE department recommends that its students not even bother.
  10. Feb 26, 2007 #9
    well, in terms or potential career advancement, the PE license is not as beneficial to EEs as it is to civil engineers. The school probably means that as an EE don't bother with the FE exam OR the PE exam.

    However, I am pretty sure that both the FE exam and PE exam are required in all states if you wish to get a license. It's just not necessary to get a license in many engineering disciplines.

    Now, if you wish to start your own firm, or become a consultant, then you must get a license.
  11. Jun 15, 2010 #10
    Sorry to bump such an old thread, but I was wondering if anyone could tell me what is a good book for the FE Electrical Section?

    The books on amazon for the electrical section all seem to have VERY bad reviews. Any ideas?

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