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Begins Aug. 7
Engineering exam prep workshop offered in Richland
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
By Melissa O'Neil Perdue, WSU Tri-Cities
RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University Tri-Cities is offering an interactive workshop series to prepare engineers and engineering students to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) professional exam.
Registrations must be received by July 31 to the Career Development Center at WSU Tri-Cities at 509-372-7600 or email@example.com. The 12-week workshop series starts Aug. 7 and ends Oct. 25.
The workshops are held from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The series is coordinated by Rick Cameron, PE, a senior engineer at the PacificNorthwest National Laboratory and an adjunct faculty member with WSU Tri-Cities.
"Until now, new graduates and engineering seniors could only choose from online or out-of-town prep courses,” Cameron said.
The $400 registration cost for the Richland-based workshops is significantly less than that charged in Spokane, Seattle, and Portland — with no time lost for travel.
The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) manages professional standards for licensed Professional Engineers (PE). Among the requirements to qualify to take the PE exam, engineers must earn a degree from an accredited engineering program, pass the FE exam, and meet the applicable experience requirements.
"The FE Exam essentially covers the entire four years of study in engineering,” Cameron said. The two-part exam has about 180 questions. The workshops focus on preparing attendees for the general and the discipline-specific topics, including presentations by professional engineers, practice problems and mini-exams.
The FE exam is typically the first step in the process leading to the PE license. The NCEES exams lasts eight hours and are administered annually inApril and October in Pullman, Puyallup and Spokane.
WSU Tri-Cities offers the full, four-year bachelor degrees in civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering — each accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
Located along the scenic Columbia River in Richland, Wash., WSU Tri-Cities was established in 1989 with upper division and graduate programs. It expanded in 2007 to a full four-year undergraduate campus offering 18 bachelor’s, 10 master’s, and six doctoral degree programs. Learn about the most diverse campus in the WSU system at www.tricity.wsu.edu.
LoAnn Ayers, WSU Tri-Cities Career Development Center, 509-372-7600, firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa O’Neil Perdue, WSU Tri-Cities Marketing and Communications Manager, 509-372-7319, cell 509-727-3094, email@example.com