On October 26, I need everyone in the world to be saying a prayer for me. I will be taking the FE exam. FE stands for Fundamentals of Engineering and if I pass it, I will officially be an Engineering Intern. Right after graduation this May, I can take the PE exam, and then with 4 years of experience I will be a Professional Engineer. When I am a PE, I can put my stamp on engineering drawings. As an engineering intern, I can work on those drawings. Eventually I want to take the SE exam and become a licensed Structural Engineer.
Needless to say, the FE is a big step in my career path. It’s an 8 hour test (as is the PE; the SE is 16 hours long), given in two 4 hour blocks. The morning block is general engineering and the afternoon block is discipline specific, which for me is Civil.
Fortunately, I don’t have to memorize 800 formulas before I go in. I have a 200 page exam book to use with necessary formulas.
The breakdown of the test, and how I feel on each topic are as follows:
Mathematics – 15%
-Math isn’t the worst. It’s the basis of everything I do. The trouble could be in remembering exactly how to integrate some formula. I seem to forget that quite often.
Engineering Probability and Statistics – 7%
-All I remember are bell curves which are standard deviation. Or something like that.
Chemistry – 9%
-Oh, crap. Mass balances and… concentration maybe?
Computers – 7%
-I use one every day, but how am I supposed to answer questions about them? The exam book says I need to know terminology, programming, and if analysis. All of that sounds like a piece of cake.
Ethics and Business Practices – 7%
-What I remember of this is do whatever your client asks as long as its safe.
Engineering Economics – 8%
-Oh I crushed this class. I got a 96% on the first test, a 98% on the second and didn’t have to take the final. Cash flows are my plaything.
Engineering Mechanics (Statics and Dynamics) – 10%
-Ok, statics (analysis of loads on systems that don’t move) is my bread and butter. Dynamics is the bane of my existence. It is the hardest I have ever worked to barely pass a class. I got a 25% on the first test. Granted, the class average was 27%.
Strength of Materials – 7%
-Also my bread and butter. I can kill it in this class. The only thing I need to seriously review is torque.
Material Properties – 7%
-Chalk this one up as a loss.
Fluid Mechanics – 7%
-I think this I could do this one. I know Bernoulli’s equation and the energy equation. Dr. Dennett has really helped me understand what I never learned in this class.
Electricity and Magnetism – 9%
-I think this is why I’m taking circuits right now?
Thermodynamics – 7%
-0º is cold. 500º is hot. I don’t think that’s what they’re testing though.
Surveying – 11%
- I had a week long module in my capstone design class a couple weeks ago, and the one day we did something, we stood out in a field with a stick and a GPS device that did all the work for us.
Hydraulics and Hydrologic Systems – 12%
-Pipe networks, water things, dams, I think I have this down fairly well. More or less I’ve learned if the units check out, you’re doing something right.
Soil Mechanics and Foundations – 15%
-I do not like soil mechanics or foundations. I don’t like dirt. I don’t like solving mud equations.
Environmental Engineering – 12%
-We reviewed these problems on Monday, and if the units check out, I’m doing it right.
Transportation – 12%
-This class was evil. I thought I was a genius all the way up until I took the test, and then I felt like a moron. Chalk this up as a loss.
Structrual Analysis – 10%
-Oh once again my bread and butter. I should probably review virtual work and deflection, but I am not worried about this.
Structural Design -10%
-Unfortunately I missed the review session for this tonight, but if I look at the codes and the handouts, I should be familiar enough with it to do well.
Construction Management – 10%
-What the… I’ve never taken this class. Uh cranes, lift things. Concrete pourers, pour concrete. Build!
Materials – 8%
-I did fairly well in this class, I liked playing with asphalt and concrete. In fact they should make this section a lab section, because that was fun.
Well, I hope I pass. I’m putting my lucky toonie in my pocket to better my chances.