Passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam is an important milestone in an engineer’s career. To achieve the certification of Engineer-in-Training (EIT) requires a committed effort, hours of classes, and an eagerness to hone one’s craft.
One of Gausman & Moore’s employees, Tibebu Ogeto (Electrical Engineering, Roseville Office), recently achieved this goal and became a certified EIT.
“Tib has proven that enough perseverance can overcome any obstacle, including passing the Fundamentals of Engineering exam more than 20 years after getting his degree,” said Dave Blume (Partner, Roseville Office). “It is very rare that someone out of school for that long passes that rigorous exam and we should all congratulate him.”
What is the FE Exam?
The FE exam focuses on many different topics and take multiple hours to complete. For Tibebu, his exam covered subjects like mathematics, probability and statistics, electrical materials, engineering science, electromagnetics, circuit analysis and linear systems, power, electronics, controls systems, communication and signal processing, computer networks and systems, digital systems, software development, engineering economics, and ethics and professional practices.
“It feels great to have reached this point in my career,” Tibebu said.
What advice would you give?
Tibebu said it’s important to study the FE exam review manuals. For him, the “FE Electrical & Computer Review” manual by Michael R. Lindeburg, PE, was very helpful. The manual has review notes and sample questions with solutions. Once you register for the exam, it’s also essential to review the manual issued by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying (NCEES). The NCEES manual contains 100 sample questions with solutions.
“Practice as many problems as you can and be familiar with the calculator you are going to use,” Tibebu advised.