At the end of the university engineering program, the majority of students do not take the FE exam. There are over 20,000 mechanical engineering degrees awarded each year but only roughly 9,000 engineers take the exam each year and only around 7,000 engineers pass.
It sets you apart
As you can see, by earning an FE certification, it sets you apart from nearly 13,000 other mechanical engineers with the same level of engineering experience and engineering degree. This certification will set you apart from 65% of your competition.
Opens up Future Opportunities
Some engineering companies do not require the FE certification and this is the main reason why students do not take the FE exam. However, just because at this point in your life the company that you are applying to or interning does not require an FE certification, it does not mean that in the future that company or the next company you work at will require an FE and PE license. This certification opens up more opportunities for you in the future, even if you don’t see these opportunities right now.
Passing the Mechanical FE exam earlier will set you up to pass the PE exam in the next 2 to 4 years. The PE license itself can lead to larger salaries and better marketability.
Demonstrates Competency and Upward Thinking
Graduating college demonstrates that you passed your classes and completing the minimum requirements for your mechanical engineering degree. Your GPA will also help to demonstrate your level of competency. Similarly passing the FE exam will demonstrate once again your competency in Mechanical Engineering. It demonstrates that you have the knowledge in all aspects of Mechanical Engineering and not just the classes shown in your transcript.
In addition, the FE certification demonstrates to your possible employer that you are thinking of your career and your future. An FE certification shows that you are looking for the next step, which could be a PE and that you do not shy away from a challenge.
Demonstrates Dedication and Motivation
It shows that you are willing to put in the hard work to study and to better yourself and your career. It demonstrates that you are self-motivated. Throughout college you are assigned tasks, homework and exams by a third party. A student can do well in this environment due to this external motivation. However, once you graduate and enter the work force, many employers will rely on their employees to be self-motivated. Studying and completing an exam that was not assigned to you as a task by your college is a great way to show to your employer that you are self-motivated and dedicated to your career. It shows that you are willing to sacrifice the time, to better yourself.
The FE Certification is a valuable asset for a recently graduated mechanical engineer. Engproguides help you prepare for the FE exam which is the first step towards becoming a PE engineer.