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Eligibility to Acquire E.I.T or F.E Credentials

05/05/2014 5:09 PM

Greetings all,

First off thank you for taking the time to assist me. I am currently employeed as an Environmental Engineer, and have been for 3 years as of last week. In order to further my career I need to take the steps to getting my PE. The problem is I have a degree in Biology and Chemistry. Yet with my job over the 3 years I have done vast engineer work and design. Is there a state that would allow me to acquire my FE liscensing, just so i could obtain some credentials prior having to wait another 5 years to take my PE?

Thank you for any assistance.

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05/05/2014 10:14 PM

Where are you?

"Is there a state that would allow me to acquire my FE licensing"?

Have you inquired of any state licensing agencies?

The forum may help with some information with which to work.

Be free with information. Pretend you are writing a thorough report.

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05/06/2014 3:33 PM

Your in the US right?

For those of us in the dark, what are EIT, FE and PE?

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05/06/2014 4:44 PM

EIT = Engineer In Training

PE = Professional Engineer

FE ? Might be a typo.

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05/06/2014 4:48 PM

FE is the test for an E.I.T.

Fundamentals of Engineering.

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05/07/2014 12:01 AM

Thank you. I knew the other two, but a search only showed iron - and other weird stuff.

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05/07/2014 12:36 AM

Yes that's silly, you don't need a licence to iron.

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05/07/2014 4:12 AM

I could do with some training though......

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05/07/2014 3:23 PM

It works best if you remove your shirt first and plug the iron in. Some things you just cannot short-cut.

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05/07/2014 9:10 AM

First off, you need to contact your state's Education Department/Office of the Professions (or title something sim. to that) and obtain their minimum education requirements to be able to sit for the PART A - Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (F.E.), also known as the "E.I.T. Exam".

With only a Biology and Chemistry Bach. of Science degree(s), I somewhat doubt that you will have acquired the requisite core engineering classes to be able to qualify for Part A examination. The Office of the Professions in your state will evaluate your education subject matter and acquired credit hours. It's also very important that your degree(s) conform to minimum ACEE Accreditation for a particular engineering degree, be it a BSCE or BachTech Engineering degree. Whether or not you have gained experience by working as an Environmental Engineer for a few years Post-Graduate is irrelevant in most cases, the Board most likely will not take into account that experience for admission to the exam; they as they may dictate that you complete further engineering courses in order to be accepted to sit for the exam. You will most likely be required to submit your college transcripts that outline the course material and earned Credit Hours. Keep in mind that the Board evaluates applicants on a case-by-case basis and there is no guarantee of acceptance following their review of your submitted documention.

Once you've successfully passed the F.E. Exam, you must complete satisfactory engineering work for a minimum of 4 years (under supervision of a Licensed/Registered Professional Engineer (in the state you are going to sit for the exam) before you can even sit for the Part B examination....you MUST provide evidence of a thorough body of engineering experience (description of work performed + time worked on each project.).

Again, contact your state Ed Dept to obtain the paperwork and qualification booklet or ask specific questions regarding the process and your eligibility to sit for the FE Examination. Also, many state departments have excellent online resources that may answer most of your questions, including FAQs. You everything at your disposal!

Good luck,

CaptMoosie, PhD, P.E.

New York State Professional Engineer (Civil, Environmental & Structural Eng.)

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05/12/2014 10:49 PM

Just so you know, some States also license Chemical Engineers...

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05/19/2014 9:45 PM

Also, be advised that, in some aspects, the EIT/FE exam is the bigger challenge because you have to be effective in a larger number of differing topics, all in only 8 hours...

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05/20/2014 8:03 AM

Yes, that is very correct, because they will be testing you on nearly everything technical that you learned in your 4 years of engineering college: mathematics, chemistry, physics and the rest of the physical sciences, and technical sciences, even thermodynamics....and you have roughly less than 1 minute to read and answer each problem (multiple choice), so you have no time to look stuff up. Either you know the subject matter stone cold or you don't.....speed with correct choices is of the essence of successfully navigating the FE Exam.

To put it bluntly, the FE is a real bitch of an exam. I strongly suggest that you take a review course as a refresher, such as the one offered by the NSPE....and it isn't cheap either! I cannot stress that enough, take a review course, unless you have a fantastic photographic memory.

After taking the FE for 8 hours you will exit it with your head swimming, most likely even have a migraine headache. I kid you not!

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05/24/2014 5:35 PM

You say you have done engineering work for some time now, without specifying what type(s)...

By the way, what kind of Licensed Engineer actually ''signs-off'' on your (work)?...

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