FE Exam Requirements

All BSE student that are graduating Spring, Summer, or Fall 2012 MUST take the FE exam; this is part of the BSE ABET assessment. In addition, this exam will help you in the process of getting your PE license and advancing your career opportunities.

The FE exams for this calendar year will be:

  • April 14, 2012 (registration will open December 15, 2011 and close some time in February)
  • October 27, 2012 (registration will open in July and close early-September)

If you did not taking the FE exam this fall and are graduating Spring or Summer 2012, you will need to take the exam in the spring.

Engineering Fundamentals will pay the $125 registration fee. If you plan to take the exam this semester, you will need to:

  1. e-mail me at efadvise@mtu.edu to let me know you plan to take the exam
  2. fill out all the registration material on-line
    • You MUST select Discipline/Major: GENERAL ENGINEERING
  3. see Ms. Cathy Forsman in 112 Dillman by 4pm on Thursday, February 2, 2012 to have Engineering Fundamentals complete the payment

Looking Ahead: Preparing to Get a Job

It’s not too early to start preparing for a summer job; plan ahead for the Michigan Tech Career Fair Spring 2012 by preparing a resume and polishing interview skills.

  • Resume Review: Visit the Career Center to schedule a one-on-one appointment to review your resume from now until February 11, 9am – 5pm.
  • Resume Blitz: Stop in for a quick resume review. In the MUB Commons, 11am-2pm, January 18, 19, 24, and 25. In Douglas Houghton Hall Ballroom and West McNair Lounge, 3-5pm, February 1. In Wadsworth Hall Annex, 3-5pm, February 2.

No Time for Lunch??

Do you have a meal plan with the Residence Hall but skip lunch because you have classes through lunch time? You could get a bag lunch from your dining hall, and here is how it works:

Dining Service provides bag lunches for students in the residence halls that cannot make it to lunch due to their class schedule (note, class schedules will be checked to confirm lunch-time conflicts). To request a lunch, ask any dining services staff person for a Bag Lunch form. To complete the form, you will need to specify service days and pickup times. Bag lunches, which will require a swipe when picked up, include a sandwich of your choice, fruit, chips, yogurt, and cookie. You will need to pick up your bag lunch at your dining hall.

Studying Abroad

Participating in the Study Abroad program can be an exciting and life-changing experience. Studying abroad can be done during the summer, or for one semester or two semesters. Whether you know what country you would like to visit or simply want to know the opportunities available to you, visit the International Programs and Services (IPS) website (www.mtu.edu/international/study-abroad/program/).
Once you have determined that you want to study abroad, start the process by contacting the IPS office. As long as you plan ahead, courses taken abroad can be used to satisfy your degree requirements and should not impact your graduation date. Coordination is required among the IPS staff, your academic advisor, and other departments to determine course offerings and to get them pre-approved to transfer to Michigan Tech.

Taking Summer Classes

Some students take summer classes at Michigan Tech to replace a grade, to lighten the credits of a future semester(s), or for a great excuse to enjoy the Copper Country summers. Summer 2012 course offerings at Michigan Tech are now available at: www.mtu.edu/registrar/students/registration/prepare.
When you are scheduling, please note that some courses run the full summer semester and some run the first or second half of the semester. The dates the course will run are listed on-line when you register. Keep in mind a half-semester course requires the full amount of work in half the time (i.e., the course is taught at an accelerated pace).

How to Calculate Grade Point Average

To calculate a grade point average (GPA), the following equation is used:

GPA = Σ(Credits × Grade) ÷ ΣCredits

where the letter grade in a class is first translated to points earned (A = 4 points, AB = 3.5 points, etc.).

When a course is transferred from another institution to Michigan Tech, the grade is not transferred. Therefore, the credits and the grade for the transferred class are not used in the Michigan Tech GPA calculation.

Repeating Courses

If your earn a grade of CD or below in a course, the course may be repeated. By repeating a course, you have the opportunity to learn the material better, which will help you in future courses as well as improve your GPA. Below is a list of how it works:

  • You may repeat courses with a grade of CD or lower.
  • The most recent grade is used in your GPA calculation, even if it is lower than the previous grade.
  • Your official transcripts will indicate NR (no grade– repeated) for any earlier attempt(s) at the course.
  • You may repeat a course no more than two times (i.e., take a course three times).
  • Special permission from the Dean of Students Office (1st Floor Administration Building, deanofstudents@mtu.edu, 906-487-2212) and your academic advisor is required to take a course a third and final time.
  • You might not be able to receive financial aid for retaking a course you already passed.  For more information: http://www.mtu.edu/finaid/understanding/requirements/.
  • Students who receive GI Bill benefits cannot be certified for or receive compensation for repeating a course they have previously passed. For more information, please see the School Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office.

If you have questions regarding which classes to re-take you should contact your academic advisor.

Fall Grades, Bills, and Registration

Fall 2011 course grades will be available on Banweb by December 21, 5pm. If you think there might be an error in a course grade, you should contact the instructor of the course.

Spring semester bills are due and spring enrollment must be confirmed by January 4, 5pm. A $50 late fee will be assessed for bills paid or enrollments confirmed after January 4, 5 pm.

On-line registration is currently open and will close January 13. Students may lateregister, with the instructor’s approval, until January 18.

Getting Started: Resume Writing

Your cover letter and resume are typically the first information a potential employer sees about you. Therefore, you want this first introduction to make the best impression possible.
Potential employers are going to spend about 30 seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if the applicant is worth more review, so be sure to make it easy to scan: well organized, concise, and descriptive. Every resume should be accompanied by a cover letter. The cover letter should grab their attention and generate interest by linking your abilities with their needs. Following an interview, you should send a thank you letter. It should be sent by e-mail or snail mail within 2 days following the interview.

Final exam preparation

Fall 2011 final exams are December 12th through 16th. All exams are two hours in duration. A list of each course, section, exam start time, building, and room can be found at: https://www.banweb.mtu.edu/pls/owa/stu_ctg_utils.p_final_exam_sched?ps_subj_code=. Or, students can view their personal final exam schedule by logging into Banweb, selecting Student Services, selecting Registration, and selecting Student Final Exam Schedule.
Please check your final exam schedule. If you have a time conflict or more than three exams on one day, the Registrar’s Office will be e-mailing one of your professors to have an exam moved. They will also cc you on that e-mail so you know what is happening. In addition, some larger courses have more than one room for the final exam, please check for your course section number and last name to determine where to go for your final exam.
To help you prepare for final exams, below are exam preparation tips from Engineering Fundamentals faculty.