Click on a course below to access a Google Form to create a waiting list entry for a full MEEM course/section for the Fall 2023 semester.
Graduate Students – Pre-requisite waiver request forms:
The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is typically the first of two intensive competency exams needed to qualify for a professional engineer license (PE). In general, the process of becoming a PE is as follows:
Earning a PE license is similar to passing the bar exam for attorneys after law school or the medical board exams after medical school for physicians. The National Society of Professional Engineers provides an accurate and concise definition of a PE here.
A mechanical engineering student should consider taking the FE (with an eye toward becoming a PE) if their career plans include work that requires the authority to prepare, sign and seal, and submit engineering plans and drawings to a public authority for approval, or seal engineering work for public and private clients. Students should inquire with prospective employers to determine if becoming a PE is desired for possible positions and how the credential may affect upward (or lateral) mobility in a particular company/organization.
The individual decision to prepare for and take the FE will depend on a student’s desire to keep the option open to take the PE exam after gaining the required work experience. The FE exam is not a degree requirement to graduate or an entrance exam for further education (i.e. it is not similar to the MCAT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, etc).
The FE exam is appropriate to take for students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree. Most students take this exam during their final semester as an undergrad, but it can be taken earlier or post-graduation, if desired.
The FE exam is not state-specific and is administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Even if you are not a Michigan resident, you could plan to take the FE here on campus and use the Michigan registration link. In Michigan, you do not have to apply for approval or submit any documents to take the FE. Once you create an account and log into ncees.org you will be able to register for the FE. You will be prompted to select a test (choose FE), discipline, and state to take the test. After selecting, FE, mechanical, and Michigan, a list of testing centers will be displayed. The testing center within the VanPelt and Opie Library is a local option. Once you select your testing location a list of available exam dates will be displayed. The FE exam is now online and has a certain number of slots available in certain date ranges throughout the calendar year.
Additional information about exam content, format, preparation, registration, fees and scoring can be found on the NCEES website.
The Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering department does have some exam review materials online here for you to access if you wish. These materials may not match up exactly with the mechanical engineering version of the FE exam, but may be helpful in some areas.
If you’re are looking for undergraduate research opportunities this file lists areas of faculty expertise to identify possible common interests.
If you identify a ME-EM faculty member that you may want to work with, contact them directly to discuss.
If you identify a possible project with a ME-EM faculty member, please complete this form (instructions on pg. 2). Typically, this form is for upper-level students to take 1-3 credits of MEEM 4990 in a semester. If the MEEM 4990 credits are approved as such, they can be used for technical elective credits.
If you plan to take less than 12 credits in the semester in which you will graduate, you should consult with Financial Aid about being a part-time student in that final semester. Generally speaking, most student need to be full-time status (12+ credits) each semester while pursuing an undergraduate degree. There are certainly exceptions to that statement though. For most students, if it is your last semester, part-time status is OK, but you may need to have at least half-time status (6-11.5 credits) to receive aid, be eligible for loans, etc. Financial Aid can answer your questions on this in regard to your individual specifics.
Also, students should consult with Financial Aid if the placement of credits into the graduate level via senior rule will drive their undergraduate credits below 12.
What is it? Academic probation is a strong warning to students that their academic performance is less than that expected by the University. Notices of academic probation are sent to students through email at the end of the semester, when final grades are released.
Please note that probation is retroactive. When a student is notified of academic probation they already have one semester of probation (for the semester that was just completed).
How is this determined? A student seeking an undergraduate degree is placed on academic probation under any of the following three conditions:
What are the consequences? A student on academic probation is not permitted to register for more than 16 credits per semester unless approval is granted by the Dean of Students Office. Academic probation is also an intermediate step toward academic suspension (see below). Financial aid may be impacted as well, contact Michigan Tech Student Financial Services to inquire about consequences specific to your aid package.
What can be done? When does probation end? See an advisor to develop a plan that may include repeating courses (see FAQ #6).
A student is removed from academic probation (back to good academic standing) when all of the following conditions have been met:
What is it? A specified period of time where a student will not be permitted to enroll at the University
How is this determined? The following are grounds for academic suspension:
What are the consequences? This depends upon how many times the student has been placed on academic suspension and how well the student performs upon return:
What can be done? The University has a reinstatement process in place for students returning from suspension as well as a suspension and dismissal appeals process.
Reinstatement requests must be made 6 weeks in advance of the start date of the planned return semester. To request reinstatement, students must follow the procedure on the Dean of Students office website (date due for each semester published on this page also). The reinstatement request online form will ask a series of questions regarding goals, previous academic history and future plans for improvement. Students will also be asked to submit a letter of recommendation/performance review from their current employer, a transcript for any courses taken during the suspension period (see FAQ #5 for how to transfer coursework completed at other institutions to Michigan Tech) and a three-semester academic plan developed in conjunction with an ME academic advisor.
There are deadlines each semester regarding University policy for adding and dropping courses. These deadlines represent changes in grading policies and methods for adding and dropping courses.
Adding full-semester courses (fall or spring semesters)
Courses may be added on BanWeb during the initial registration period until 5:00 p.m. on Friday of the first week of the semester. Registration closes for a short period after initial registration and then reopens and stays open until the end of the 1st week of classes.
Dropping full-semester courses (fall or spring semesters)
Dropping summer half-semester courses (Track A or B)
For half-semester courses during fall or spring semesters, please see an advisor with questions.