The non-licensed option of the Mechanical Engineering program is intended for students who are not specifically interested in pursuing a career in the merchant marine. Students take the core mechanical engineering courses, which combine traditional engineering courses with practical training. One cruise experience is required. This practical training and the cruise experience distinguish Cal Maritime from many other engineering schools, and is excellent preparation for anyone entering the engineering profession. In addition to one cruise, two summer internships with industry are required in the non-licensed option. To help assess the overall effectiveness of this option, all students in this major are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam in October of their senior year. Passing the test is not a graduation requirement, but the students must present the official results of the test to the department. Those who pass the FE exam, upon completion of work experience requirements and further testing, may become licensed professional engineers later in their career.