Benefits of Taking the FE Exam – Know Your Advantages
Engineer-in-Training certification is a huge factor that affects anyone who wants to become a Professional Licensed Engineer. It's because this is the first step of your engineering journey. It is also valuable if you desire to advance in your career. On the other hand, even though you already know that it's one of the most important test that you need to take, you may still be wondering on what are the benefits of taking the FE exam. That's why I decided to list all the advantages of getting your EIT certificate.
Your EIT Certificate Sets You Apart
After graduation, your number one goal is to find a job. And creating a high quality resume may land you to a good company. It may seem that excellent grades during college is good enough but this is not the only thing that employers look into.
Having an EIT certificate can set you apart from other candidates when you apply for a job. It gives a good impression to your prospective employer that you are serious in pursuing your engineering career.
Let me share one of my experience.
When I applied on an Engineering Assistant position, almost all of my co-applicants have plenty of work experience in the private sector. Some of them also have master’s degree. But the deciding factor that gave me the position is my EIT certificate. I knew that it was the reason why I got the job because our Principal Engineer shared the reason why they chose me during the hiring process.
Prerequisite to Becoming a Professional Engineer (PE)
One obvious benefit of taking the FE exam is that it is a prerequisite to becoming a Professional Engineer. If you plan on working on engineering industry, getting your PE license is the best option.
You may not be interested in getting your PE at this present time but it is better to take the FE test as soon as possible. In this way, if you decide to proceed then you are already done with the first part of the process.
Opens Up More Opportunities
Passing the FE exam also opens up more opportunity. Since this test is standardized nationally, once you get the EIT certificate, you will be able to use it across the country when you apply as an engineer-in-training professional.
Let me share another experience of my Dad.
He is a Registered Civil Engineer from the Philippines with 20 years of engineering experience. When he arrived in US, he applied to several private companies and was hired as project manager. However, he always wanted to work for the government because it a much stable job.
But then, he can't go through the screening process because he doesn't have his EIT certificate. Even in entry level engineering government jobs, they prefer those applicants who already passed the FE exam.
Right now, he is still studying for the exam and tries to get it in order to proceed with his dream job.
Proves that You Prepare for the Long-term
Aside from being able to put the initials EIT when you write your name, acquiring the EIT certificate also shows that you are dedicated and prepared to proceed with your engineering career for the long term.
You can also work with a registered professional engineer and gain valuable experience that you will be able to use once you submit your application for the PE license to your State's Engineering Board.
This is a major plus point for your future employers because they apprehend that you are serious with your work and after gaining years of experience, working on your PE license is your next goal. And later on, you will be a vital part of their company.
Shows Your Professional Ability
We can't deny that applying for an engineering job is already competitive. So you should make sure that you have an edge from your co-applicants.
Every company makes sure that they hire people who have high standards in terms of education and professional ability. Of course, they want to have someone who can be an asset to their team.
Another benefit of passing the FE exam is that it serves as an evidence that you already grasps almost all the engineering concepts that were discussed in college. It also shows that you are already prepared for entry-level engineering work while working under a registered PE.
Take the FE Exam As Soon As Possible
Taking the FE exam at your soonest possible time is the best thing that you can do. Like anybody else say, the longer you wait to take the test, the more challenging it will be. If you start working and gain some experience, it may give you additional responsibilities that can change your priorities. Plus your time for studying will also be lessened because of your work load.
If you are still on your senior year, I suggest that you already work on it. In this way, almost all of your engineering courses will still be fresh in your mind. It is not necessary for you to master all the exam specifications.
The important thing is you familiarize the FE exam handbook. It contains almost all the formulas and table that you need for the exam.
You should also acquaint yourself with using the index on the handbook. It will tremendously help you save time wen looking for the formulas that you need to solve the problems. You should also master your calculator.
On a personal note, it is still possible to study for the test even if you are working. Just to give you an idea, let me share my personal experience. While I was working from 9 to 5 as drafter, I also study and prepare for the exam. When I arrive at home, I spend 1 - 2 hours a day in solving engineering problems.
The important lesson in here is you should take your FE exam at your soonest possible time. In this way, one requirement is complete and you can proceed with the others. Take it one step at a time and you will accomplish your goal which is to become a Professiona Engineer.
If you have questions and concerns, please let me know in the comment box below so I can help you. Also, feel free to share your personal experience on how you benefited from passing the FE exam.