APEGGA is about to proctor
a third round of Fundamentals of Engineering examinations.
How are exam writers doing so far? Pick a superlative.
Discipline by Discipline
In all disciplines, University of Alberta examinees fare better than
their counterparts at comparable doctoral universities.
Alberta writers are excelling in U.S. Fundamentals of Engineering
examinations, no matter how you look at the statistics. And
Dr. Milt Petruk, P.Eng., APEGGA Manager of Examinations,
has compared the results most ways imaginable.
The first round of FE exams APEGGA proctored, in October
2003, had only one of 61 writers fail. Even then, that writer
tried again and succeeded – as did all the 50 other
writers who wrote in April 2004.
APEGGA’s combined pass rate for the two writings is
99.1 per cent, compared with the average pass rate of 78.9
per cent for all National Council of Examiners for Engineering
and Surveying writers. The average mark of APEGGA writers
is 81.6 per cent, compared with a 57.6 per cent average attained
by all NCEES writers.
Compared discipline by discipline, Alberta is also well ahead
in every category. The average mark of APEGGA writers in
chemical engineering, for example, is 81.7 per cent, compared
with a 60.4 per cent NCEES average.
Most of the APEGGA writers so far are University of Alberta
graduates, and they’re more than holding their own
against graduates of comparable doctoral universities. The
average FE exam mark of U of A graduates is 82.2 per cent,
compared with a 58.9 per cent average for all comparable
Said Dr. Petruk: “These figures are really exciting
for us. And they prove a point APEGGA has been making for
some time, which is that the standard for Alberta engineering
training more than meets the standard tested by the U.S.
Fundamentals of Engineering examinations.”
Successful completion of the FE exam is the first step towards
U.S. licensure. Engineers who have passed the FE exam and
have four years of work experience in engineering can write
the NCEES Principles and Practice of Engineering exam. Upon
successful completion of the PE exam, the engineer is allowed
to use the American designation P.E. and can apply to any
state board for a licence.
State boards approve applications independently and engineers
must apply for a licence in each state they want to practice
Writing: Oct. 30
Registration Deadline: Sept. 13