sitting for the FEE
Today I just sat for 6 hours 20 minutes of Fundamental of Engineering Examination (FEE) administered by the Professional Engineering Board. Basically the FEE tests you on the fundamentals of engineering, much that has been taught at undergraduate level. Passing the FEE is one of the prerequisites for registering as a Professional Engineer. In a nutshell, if you want to work as an engineering consultant in Singapore, the PE cert is a must-have. As for me, right from the start I took it as a self-challenge to see how much can I keep learning and improving myself. At the moment I don't really need the cert for my rice bowl but more of good-to-have, and that kind of removes the pressure.
Nevertheless, I've made many sacrifices for this examination. I began my preparation from the beginning of the year with quite a structured revision plan. Of course, it wasn't always easy to adhere to it along with work and life commitments. I opted to lunch-in instead of eating out with colleagues so that I could either catch some shut-eye or do some bite-size revisions. Closer to the exam date, I enrolled into a preparatory course run by the Institution of Engineers Singapore. It was a night class and I can tell you it was not easy to rush to class after work, then trying to catch up on precious rest time. This experience also made me reconsider my plan for post-graduate studies. Anyway, I guess the course was helpful cos it was taught my NTU lecturers, so I sort of have 2 engineering education: 1 from NUS, 1 from NTU, albeit unofficially.
Ah the exam. It was quite scary, with people pulling trolleys and lugguage bags of textbooks and notes since it was an open-book exam. The exam venue's lobby was more like the airport. The paper itself was separated into 40 MCQ in paper 1 and 5 out of 7 structured questions in paper 2. By the way, the MCQs were like structured questions themselves. Imagine trying to cramp 4 years' worth of engineering knowledge and trying to answer the questions. Pretty much like searching for a needle in the ocean.
While I think my paper was pretty screwed, but it was a good experience nonetheless. It's like in kungfu, you try to learn every move, then you unlearn them (ie, you forgot) :P. Regardless of the result, I think it was a good experience trying to refresh what I've learned in the university days (honestly, you kind of understand the concepts differently), and also trying to challenge thyself. :P
Well, I've set sight for the next challenge, but for now, I need some rest.