A Measure of Minimum Technical Competence to Use in Hiring
Concerns have been raised about the need for future agricultural, food, and feed industry employees to replace the large segment of the current workforce that is preparing to retire during the next decade. A significant number of new employees are needed to address engineering and processing considerations and ensure safe food production. One measure that has value for employers in the hiring process is the performance of potential employees on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. A record of passing the FE exam implies a candidate has minimum technical competence in an engineering discipline and awareness of the obligation to protect the public from incompetent or unethical practices. Knowing that a candidate has passed the exam provides another piece of information that employers can use in the hiring process.