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Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Preparation Course

If you have a 4-year engineering degree or 4 years of documented work experience in the engineering field, passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is the first step towards becoming a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE). 

Get Ready for the FE Exam

The course was developed by NextGen Engineering, and it is taught by a Licensed Professional Engineer and a teaching assistant (TA). The FE Exam Prep course includes lectures, weekly study sessions, practice exams and instructor/TA support to prepare you for FE exam success.

Topics include: math, probability and statistics, chemistry, ethics and safety, engineering economics, instrumentation, statics, dynamics, material science, fluid mechanics, electrical power and more. View full syllabus.

The course meets weekly on Wednesdays 5:30-7 p.m., August 26-December 9, 2020 in Tucson. Fee: $598 (discounts are available).

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Who Should Take the FE Exam?

You can take the FE exam if you have:

  • A 4-year engineering degree (or will graduate soon) OR
  • An engineering degree/training from outside the U.S. OR
  • 4 years of documented work experience in engineering or a related field

Everyone is Welcome

Refugees, immigrants and others with documented engineering experience in their home countries are welcome! This class was originally created by NextGen Engineering to help train and re-certify those who were engineers in their home countries. The first classes were held in collaboration with the Refugee Resource Center

Discounts and Internship Opportunities

NextGen is offering internships to assist with teaching the FE Exam Preparation course, in particular assisting with the study groups. Interns will receive a small stipend and gain experience teaching and working with students. Contact NextGen to learn more.

Discounted rates are available for University of Arizona students, University of Arizona alumni and for FE Exam Prep students referred by refugee community organizations.


Bill O'Brien is the Principal Engineer at NextGen Engineering. Founded in 2012, NextGen specializes in water resource engineering and participates in local and international trainings, including the Fundamentals of Engineering exam preparation course. Bill has over 25 years of professional experience in engineering, planning, and design for water resources and land use. Specific experience includes: Hydrology, river and pipeline hydraulics, technical writing, plan reviews, drainage; FEMA floodplain management, insurance, and map changes; SWPPP’s and BMP design, watershed planning with water quality program analysis, wastewater management and bio-digester planning, water recycling, and conjunctive use planning.

Bill and his family lived and worked in the Middle East for over a decade. He also participated in Water supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) training in Ethiopia and Central Asia. Bill is an active volunteer in the Tucson refugee-serving community. He is on the Board of Directors of the Tucson Refugee Ministry. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the exam, the application process, and the FE Exam Prep course.

Student and Alumni Discounts

University of Arizona students and alumni are eligible for a discounted rate


Refugee Community Organization Referrals

NextGen Engineering coordinates with community organizations to offer discounts to the refugee population. Email: to learn more.