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Taking the FE without undergrad degree?

  1. Apr 2, 2012 #1
    I have a BS in mathematics, and am currently working on my MS in mechanical engineering.
    Is it possible to take the FE without an undergrad degree? Is it advisable?
    I'm currently working on deficiencies, and the program I chose consists of mostly mechanics- I don't have to take thermodynamics, for example, which iirc, is tested on the FE.
    I plan on taking more than the deficiencies, so I can properly prepare for the FE. But should I even bother- will I be allowed to take it?

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  3. Apr 2, 2012 #2


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    It will depend on the state engineer licensing board, as far as I know most require that you either have a degree in engineering or are within a year of graduating. You can call them up and see if you're allowed. What do you hope to achieve by taking the FE?

    As for material, you'll have your work cut out for you without having taken most of the mechanical engineering curriculum such as physics, material science, fluids, heat transfer, thermo, and structural mechanics. For review, look at these books. If you go through them in detail and can apply the concepts they present, you can pass the FE. But of course passing the FE is only one part since I assume you're hoping to pass the FE to pursue a PE, your state's licensing board will be able to tell you what's required for that too.

    FE Review Manual 2nd Edition
    Mechanical Discipline-Specific Review for FE
    FE/EIT Sample Examinations

    Engineer-in-Training Reference Manual
    Solutions Manual for the Engineer-in-Training Reference Manual
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