Author: Katie Torrey

How do I sign up to take the FE exam?

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is a Pearson VUE test and so you will need to register for it on the Pearson VUE webpage. Once you have paid for the exam you will be able to choose your testing site. The Michigan Tech testing center will be one option. If none of the Michigan Tech testing center dates work for you then contact the testing center directly and ask if other dates could be made available.

The Chemical Engineering department will help you pay for a portion of the test if you request the reimbursement prior to graduating. Drop off or email your receipt to the department office to request reimbursement.


Should I take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam?

Yes, you should take the FE exam because working towards getting your professional engineering license is a multi-year process and the best time to start it is when you are finishing your bachelors degree. 

The licensure requirements vary from state to state, but they usually involve the following steps:
1.  Earn an engineering degree from an accredited program.  Our program is ABET accredited. 
2.  Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
3.  Obtain professional work experience
4.  Pass the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

You are already working on step one.  The next step is to pass the FE exam.  You may take the FE exam when you are close to finishing your degree.  The department will also help pay for a portion of the exam if you choose to schedule it during your last year at Michigan Tech.  

Not everyone will end up getting or needing a professional engineering license but whether you will need or want it is difficult to know early in your career.  Taking the FE exam now requires less preparation because the information covered on the test is fresh in your mind.  Your FE exam results do not expire.

See also: How do I sign up to take the FE exam?


I want to change my major to Chem Eng; what are the requirements for this?

We require a meeting with the ChE advisor prior to approving any change major requests.  If you’d like to change majors or are considering changing majors into ChE then make an appointment with the ChE academic advisor.  After your meeting you may submit your request to change majors through the Curriculum Change Portlet that is on your MyMichiganTech webpage.  There are directions on how to do this on the Registrar’s Office change major page.

Our general policy for major changes is as follows:  Students admitted to the College of Engineering may switch their major to chemical engineering.  Students admitted into a different College may also switch their major to chemical engineering provided they have earned a grade of C or better in key math and science classes (calculus, university chemistry, and university physics).  Students who do not meet these requirements will need to develop a course plan with the ChE academic advisor, which may include retaking key classes prior to switching majors.


How do I make an appointment with a chemical engineering advisor?

If you need help with schedule planning, minors, co-ops, study abroad, changing majors, or degree audits then you will need to schedule a meeting with Katie Torrey using your Michigan Tech Google calendar.  Advising meetings are usually 30 minutes long and will be held over Zoom.  Katie will provide a Zoom link for the meeting when she receives your meeting request or you can set up your own Zoom link.

Appointments will not be available during busy times because there will be virtual walk-in advising hours instead.  Walk-in advising times and Zoom links are posted on Katie’s Google calendar.  No appointments are needed for walk-in hours.  Just stop by.

Please come prepared to your appointment.

Directions for using your Google calendar to find an available time and scheduling a meeting are below:


What are Katie’s office hours?

If you are looking for the flowchart or other advising handouts, these are available on the Degree Requirements and Advising Documents webpages.

If you are having problems registering for courses that are not chemical engineering courses, contact the Registrar’s Office.

Also check out our FAQ’s for answers to many common questions.

Fall and Spring Semesters

During fall and spring semesters I am usually available for meetings during walk-in advising times or by appointment. Currently all meetings are being held over Zoom.

Walk-in advising is open during busy times, which are at the beginning of the semester and registration weeks.  During walk-in advising you just stop by.  You do not need an appointment.    Walk-in times, along with the Zoom links are posted on my Google calendar.

During all other times of the semester you may meet with me by requesting a meeting using your Google calendar.

Summer Semester

During summer semester priority is being given to emergency issues in need of immediate attention because of limited work hours.  If you have an issue during the summer, email cmadvise@mtu.edu;  your patience is appreciated!  Regular advising hours resume two weeks before fall semester starts.


What are the new technical elective rules that are starting Fall 2021?

Beginning Fall 2021, the following changes will be made to our technical elective rules:

  • The organic chemistry II or substitute requirement will be changed to any technical elective from the list.
  • Pchem lab will no longer be required and will be changed to any technical elective from the list.  Pchem lecture will still be required.
  • The core engineering elective requirement will be changed to any technical elective from the list.

Under these new rules there will be one technical list and you will need to take a total of 18 credits from the list.  Pchem lab will be on the technical elective list.  The reason for this change was to make the elective rules easier to understand and to give you greater flexibility in pursing your interests.  This will also help you be able more easily earn a minor in a math, science, or engineering area, if you desire.

Students who started at Michigan Tech before Fall 2021 will have the option to move to these new rules.  Students who start in Fall 2021 or later will be required to follow the new rules.


I’m enrolled in UN 1010 Creating Your Success for Themed Communities. Why am I in this class? Do I have to take it?

You are enrolled in the class because you chose to lived in a themed housing community in the residence halls. Yes, you are required to take the class as part of being in a themed community. This class can count towards your free electives, if needed. Go to the Residence Hall Themed Communities page for more information.


What is the spatial visualization placement test and what happens if I don’t do well on it?

The spacial visualization placement test measures your ability to mentally visualize a 3-D object from different perspectives. New first-year students will take this test during Orientation. These skills are important because engineers must often represent things in the physical world using diagrams and drawings when communicating information and ideas to others. As a chemical engineering student you will use these skills when studying stereochemistry in organic chemistry and when working in the unit operations lab.

If you’ve already spent a lot of time working with your hands, such as playing with Legos or working on your bike or car, then you’ve probably already developed these skills and will do fine on the test. If you don’t do well on the test, then you’re in luck because these skills are learnable! To help you build these skills you will be enrolled in a one credit course, ENG 1002 Introduction to Spatial Visualization.