FE/PE Exams and PPI, Jobs, & Automation in the Workforce (January 2018)

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is a computer-based exam that is administered year-round in testing windows at NCEES-approved Pearson VUE test centers. The exam is designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing an engineering degree. The FE is typically the first step in the process leading to the P.E. license and is offered in seven disciplines.

Tau Beta Pi has a partnership with PPI on preparation materials for the FE/EIT and the P.E. engineering licensing exams. Currently, PPI has a passing guarantee for anyone that takes a Live Prep Course. If you fail the exam after the prep course, you can enroll for free in a PPI OnDemand version of the course that you previously took. This year the P.E. exam will be offered April 13 and October 26.


Here is a list of current job opportunities:

1. Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor at The University of Houston in Texas
2. Senior Android Engineer with Vivid Sears in Chicago, Illinois
3. Industrial & Systems Engineering – Lecturer at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
4. Senior Process Engineer with IPS-Integrated Project Services, LLC in Overland Park, Kansas
5. Dept. Head of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech
6. Associate Civil Engineer with the County of Marin, California
7. Mechanical Design Engineer from Global Recruiters Network of Chapel Hill in Knoxville, Tennessee
8. Aeronautical Engineer – Entry Level at Lockheed Martin in Marietta, GA


On January 2, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) posted to their Facebook page regarding a guest op-ed article in the 2018 Winter Issue of The Tau Beta Pi Association’s The Bent magazine. The piece discusses how engineering education programs are tackling the rise of automation in today’s work force.

ASEE Executive Director, Norman L. Fortenberry, Ph.D., co-wrote the article with Michael Milligan, Ph.D., P.E. (CO Z ’83), the executive director and chief executive officer of ABET. Click here to read a PDF of the article which discusses the equally increasing need for a highly skilled and technical work force.


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