Becoming a Professional Engineer and the Fundamentals of Engineering exam

As in many States, such as Illinois, a Professional Engineer (P.E.) license allows one to:

  • sign/seal engineering drawings;
  • work or progress as an engineer in an engineering consulting firm;
  • start a company with "engineering" in the title;
  • increase their salary.

 In order to receive a P.E. license, one must:

  • pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (F.E.) exam,
  • receive a baccalaureate degree from an approved U.S. EAC/ABET program such as The University of Illinois,
  • work as an engineer under a licensed Engineer for four years,
  • pass the P.E. exam.

The Grainger College of Engineering encourages students to take the F.E. exam in their senior/final year before graduation, while the material is still fresh! University of Illinois Engineering curricula typically prepares students well for the FE exam as most students pass. In addition, ASME and ASCE organize FE exam review courses each year. Dr. Richard Keane typically teaches the review course.  Students can learn more about and sign up for the FE exam. Students have a Pearson Vue testing center on campus to take the computer based exam. 

For more information on obtaining a P.E. license and it's benefits, students can visit: