A number Electrical Engineering Technology graduates choose to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (F.E.) Examination, to begin a minimum six-year process to become a registered professional engineer. The latter is often required for forensic (expert witness), consulting work, or when the health and safety of the general public are involved.
Professional registration is not a major requirement in an EET graduates job needs, unless the graduate is involved with the construction of buildings, power plants, etc. Students entering the EET Power and Controls concentration might wish to seek professional registration, as this can be important to future employment requirements.
Under revised rules and regulations of the Colorado State Board for Registration for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors, students within 30 semester hours of graduation may take the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination.
The steps to becoming registered as a Professional Engineer:
- Prepare - Take courses that are important to passing the exam; i.e. Statics and Thermodynamics are about seventeen percent of the morning exam session. See NCEES exam format.
- FE Exam - The first exam in the licensure process is the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE). Most students take the exam right before graduation from an ABET-accredited engineering program at a college or university, or soon after, while the technical information they've studied is still fresh in their minds.
- Work Experience - Appropriate work experience is required for licensure. Once you begin working to make sure that you are meeting their requirements, you should check with the licensing board in the state you plan to take the exam in.
- PE Exam - Once you have gained the appropriate experience required, you can take the second exam in the licensure process, the Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam (PE).