While not required in all industries, there are a variety of career paths that require, or strongly encourage, a licensed Professional Engineer. In addition to relevant work experience, the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE Exam) and the Professional Engineering Exam (PE Exam) must both be passed in order to be licensed. As the FE Exam covers fundamentals, it is highly suggested that it be taken at the completion of one’s undergraduate studies.
The FE Exam covers the following topics:
Materials Science/Structure of Matter
Computers and Computer Science
Mechanics of Materials
Therefore, when completing the B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering program requirements, it is strongly suggested that you complete the following courses as technical electives to help prepare for the exam:
EGM 3400, Elements of Dynamics
EGM 3250, Mechanics of Materials
EML 3007 Elements of Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer
Students who do not take the above three itemized courses will not be adequately prepared to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. Approximately 10% of the members of the Institute of Industrial Engineering are Professional Engineers. While being a PE is critically important in some other engineering areas, it is not in ISE unless you wish to go into consulting as a principal of a consulting firm. In this case it is very valuable to be a PE. You should decide whether or not you wish to become a PE in order to choose your technical electives. It is easier to prepare for the FE examination while still in school than after graduating.
To further help prepare for the exam, Tau Beta Pi runs an after-hours, non-credit preparation course for the FE exam each semester.