Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Resources
- Only a licensed engineer may prepare, sign and seal, and submit engineering plans and drawings to a public authority for approval, or seal engineering work for public and private clients. Most structural, environmental, transportation, geotechnical, water resources, and construction projects require approval of a licensed engineer.
- Licensure is a requirement for consulting engineers who are in responsible charge of work, be they principals or employees.
- Many federal, state, and municipal agencies (including the military) require that certain governmental engineering positions, particularly higher level and responsible positions, be filled only by licensed professional engineers.
- Engineering accreditation requires that most individuals teaching engineering must be licensed.
To become a Licensed Professional Engineer:
- Obtain an accredited engineering degree (our BS in Civil Engineering is an ABET accredited degree).
- Pass FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) Examination (typically taken during last semester of undergraduate coursework).
- Obtain Work Experience (depending on your situation and jurisdiction, about 4 years is required).
- Pass PE (Principles and Practices of Engineering) Examination (after completing the work experience requirement). The NCEES website (www.ncees.org) provides many details about the FE and PE exams.
The Department of Civil Engineering will provide a cost subsidy of $75 for students who provide valid evidence of taking the exam. We will subsequently provide an additional $50 cost subsidy (for a total of $125) for students who provide valid evidence of passing the exam. Students will be eligible for these subsidies for one (1) FE exam.
The subsidies will be provided to the student after the exam has occurred and when the student is able to demonstrate that s/he has taken (and passed) said exam. This is accomplished by providing: (a) a document that clearly shows you registered for the exam as a University of Nebraska Lincoln/Omaha student (for the $75 subsidy); (b) a copy of the registration receipt; (c) an additional document clearly showing that you passed the exam (for the additional $50 subsidy); and (d) a copy of your unofficial transcript. These documents can be obtained from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) website (you can print them direct from the website if you wish). You must provide this documentation in person to Arlys Blakey (Omaha), Patricia Lena (Lincoln) to request reimbursement. Reimbursement must be requested prior to graduation.
To be eligible for the subsidy:
- You must be within 24 semester hours of graduation.
- You must have taken all required 300 level CIVE courses (CIVE 310, CIVE 319, CIVE 326, CIVE 327, CIVE 334, CIVE 341, CIVE 352, CIVE 361, CIVE 378, CIVE 385) OR be enrolled in your last semester with your senior check completed.
The State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects (the State licensing body) also provides a reimbursement for students that successfully pass the FE exam on their first try. This reimbursement is obtained directly from the NBEA, NOT from the Department of Civil Engineering.
Resources available through the Engineering Library: FE Civil practice exam from NCEES, FE Civil Practice and FE Civil Review from Michael R. Lindeburg, FE Reference Handbook from NCEES.
Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects
NCEES Study Materials
NCEES Exam Day Policies (calculators, reference handbook, etc.)
NCEES FE Exam Data
FE Review videos through Texas A&M University