Industry Certifications

The mechanical engineering technology program provides students with the engineering skills to be successful in the engineering field. Along with the degree, students can gain industry recognized certifications giving them an advantage in today’s competitive market. Below is a list of the certifications that students can obtain within the MET program.

    • Validates your knowledge against industry standards and shows your skills are current.
    • Shows commitment to your field and that you have the necessary skills to excel.
    • Provides a portable, industry-recognized credential that travels with you throughout your career. Certifications can travel with you from job to job.
    • Enhances your career opportunities – certification can provide a competitive advantage in the job market. Improves your marketability by demonstrating your commitment to continuous education.
    • Separates you from your peers.

Fundamentals Exam (FE)1

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, also referred to as the Engineer in Training (EIT) exam, and formerly in some states as the Engineering Intern (EI) exam, is the first of two examinations that engineers must pass in order to be licensed as a Professional Engineer in the United States. The exam is open to anyone with a degree in engineering or a related field, or currently enrolled in the last year of an ABET-accredited engineering degree program. Some state licensure boards permit students to take it prior to their final year, and numerous states allow those who have never attended an approved program to take the exam if they have a state-determined number of years of work experience in engineering. Georgia allows those with ABET-accredited "Mechanical Engineering Technology" to take the examination. The exam is administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).

For further information, visit the NCEES website 

Professor Don Horton provides FE exam study sessions. He can be reached at

Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT) Certification2

Show that you have the knowledge to make a difference in manufacturing! Earning your Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT) requires an investment of time and energy that will reap dividends throughout your career.

The CMfgT is an entry-level certification that benefits both new manufacturing engineers and experienced manufacturing engineers without other credentials. Pursuing a CMfgT certification requires a minimum of four years combined manufacturing-related education and/or work experience.

The CMfgT exam is a three hour, open book and open notes computer based testing, CBT exam. It consists of 130 multiple-choice questions    The exam is given at KSU in December and May each year.  It is required in MET 3331 Tool Design and Manufacturing Operations.

For more information, please visit the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) website 

Certified SolidWorks Exams2

SolidWorks CAD software is one of the most popular CAD packages in the United States with approximately 64% of the market share. Industry is constantly looking for engineers who are well trained with SolidWorks. Below are the certifications that KSU offers through the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program.  

For more information visit the SolidWorks website

  • As a Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate - Academic (CSWA - Academic), students will demonstrate their expertise with SOLIDWORKS 3D solid modeling software, design concepts, and sustainable design, giving them a competitive edge in today's job market.  The CSWA exam is given in EDG 1212 Engineering Graphics II as part of the course.

  • The Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional - Academic (CSWP - Academic) certification is intended for a student with a minimum of 1 to 2 years of SOLIDWORKS experience and advanced knowledge of engineering practices. The CSWP exam is given in EDG 3112 as part of the course.

Other Certified SolidWorks Exams

There are several other SolidWorks exams available for students at nominal fees including: