Nicole Wake

Nicole Wake
Location: EMCS, 342

Career Development

Career development is a process throughout your educational journey of self-assessment, major and career exploration, making life changing decisions and implementation. Whether you are just starting to ask questions about majors or careers, or whether you have a clear goal and simply need assistance reaching it, below are some resources to assist you.











Career Information

Please see the links below for information on Engineering and Computer Science careers, salaries, and job search tips.

  • A guide to career information:
  • Are you interested in learning about career opportunities?
    • Visit an upcoming Career Fair.
    • Day of Networking occurs twice each year here in EMCS for College of Engineering and Computer Science students; one in November and one in March.
  • Resumes are not just for seniors. It is good practice for freshmen, sophomores and juniors to start writing resumes early. If so, students' resumes will be in excellent shape by the time they are graduating and ready for a full-time job. Need information on creating resumes, job postings, eRecruiting, etc?
    • Schedule a career counseling appointment via handshake or to contact Nicole Wake via email at

Career Fair

The College of Engineering and Computer Science holds a Career Fair twice a year, the first Wednesday of March and November, within the Engineering, Math and Computer Science Building (EMCS). This event was started at the request of the students within the college. Having the event schedule the same time every year allow you to pre-plan and be present at all the events.

More info and Employer registration information.

Recent Job Postings for Students and Recent Graduates

For internships and full time employment opportunities for students and recent graduates provided to us by our industry partners click here.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education is a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience. A cooperative education experience, commonly known as a “co-op,” provides academic credit for structured job experience. Cooperative Education is taking on new importance in helping young people to make the school-to-work transition, service learning, and experiential learning initiatives.

CECS Co-op Program

Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam

Effective January 2016, applicants for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam will no longer apply to the Tennessee Board for authorization to sit for the FE exam. Applicants may apply directly with NCEES and then apply to the Tennessee Board for Engineer Intern certification after passing the exam.

You may fill out the application for certification online. The application must then be printed because it must be signed by the applicant and the Dean or his/her designee.



There are two steps in the Engineer Intern certification process:

STEP 1-Register for the FE Examination with NCEES

You may register for the FE exam at Exam fees are paid to NCEES when registering on the NCEES website. Information regarding exam scheduling, exam materials and calculators, and exam results is available on the NCEES website:

Do not register unless you meet one of the following requirements:

  • Senior standing in a 4-year (minimum) undergraduate engineering curriculum that has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET).
  • Graduate of a curriculum of four (4) years or more that has been accredited by the EAC/ABET leading to a baccalaureate degree in engineering.
  • Degrees for non-accredited engineering programs must be evaluated as described below (see “Applicants with Non-Accredited Foreign Degrees” and “Applicants with Non-Accredited Domestic Degrees”).
  • An engineering technology program, whether four (4) or two (2) years in length, is not considered by the Board to be an acceptable curriculum.

When registering for the exam, you will be prompted to pay the fee of $225, and the available dates for the test will be revealed. Only the student can see the available test dates when they register. Exams are administered every month of the year.

  • The closest Testing Center to UTC is: 
    Pearson Professional Centers-Chattanooga TN
    5726 Marlin Rd, Suite 310, Franklin Building, Chattanooga TN, 37411

STEP 2 – Apply to the Tennessee Board for Engineer Intern certification after passing the FE examination.

Complete application on the TN State Board site and submit to your major department for the Associate Dean’s signature. Once your application is signed you will be notified by email to pick it up. At that point, you mail the Application For Senior Engineering Students or For Individuals With Degrees and the $15 application fee to the address on the application.



NOTE: Only the Dean and Associate Dean may sign the FE application

  • Seniors are encouraged to take the FE exam in either April or October, depending on your graduation semester.
  • Review courses at the College of Engineering and Computer Science will be offered through the student’s major department. Review sessions will be announced to seniors by email and digital signage.  Please see the major department’s Administrative Assistant for assistance.

See the following for more information and procedures:

How to Request an Appointment through Handshake

  1. Please go to the following link to set up a career counseling appointment through Handshake:
  1. There should be an option to select from the following appointment types (see image), please choose the one that says 30 minute career counseling appointment for CECS College of Engineering and Computer Science Students. Once an appointment date and time has been approved, a Zoom link will be sent to complete the appointment virtually.
    handshake information graphic
  1. Students can submit their cover letter and or resume for review to