NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination

CHEMICAL EXAM SPECIFICATIONS

Effective Beginning with the April 2009 Examinations

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The FE examination is an 8-hour supplied-reference examination: 120 questions in the 4-hour morning session and 60 questions in the 4-hour afternoon session.

Examinees work all questions in the morning session and all questions in the afternoon module. The FE examination uses both the International System of Units (SI) and the US Customary System (USCS).

MORNING Session (120 questions in 12 topic areas)
Topic Area Approximate Percentage of AM Test Content

I.

Mathematics A. Analytic geometry B. Integral calculus C. Matrix operations D. Roots of equations E. Vector analysis F. Differential equations G. Differential calculus Engineering Probability and Statistics A. Measures of central tendencies and dispersions (e.g., mean, mode, standard deviation) B. Probability distributions (e.g., discrete, continuous, normal, binomial) C. Conditional probabilities D. Estimation (e.g., point, confidence intervals) for a single mean E. Regression and curve fitting F. Expected value (weighted average) in decision-making G. Hypothesis testing Chemistry A. Nomenclature B. Oxidation and reduction C. Periodic table D. States of matter E. Acids and bases F. Equations (e.g., stoichiometry) G. Equilibrium H. Metals and nonmetals Computers A. Terminology (e.g., memory types, CPU, baud rates, Internet) B. Spreadsheets (e.g., addresses, interpretation, “what if,” copying formulas) C. Structured programming (e.g., assignment statements, loops and branches, function calls)

15%

II.

7%

III.

9%

IV.

7%

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g.V.. Concurrent force systems 3.g.g. benefit-cost) D. incremental. Deformations (e. Equilibrium of rigid bodies 4.g. rigid bodies 5. momentum) 2. energy. torsion) C. torque. licensing boards) Engineering Economics A. PW. acceleration. Agreements and contracts C.. acceleration. and power as applied to: a. breakeven. Public protection issues (e. Resultants of force systems 2. Strength of Materials A.g. Columns G. Engineering Mechanics (Statics and Dynamics) A. force. torsion) E. bending. Impulse and momentum applied to: a. sunk.. equivalence. Centroid of area 6. Stress strain caused by: 1. Dynamics 1. particles b. 8% VII.g. shear. estimating) C.. mass. Cost (e. inertia.g. shear D. Friction B. Analyses (e.. Stress types (e.... Linear motion (e. Frames and trusses 5.g. Professional liability E. expected value and risk) 7% VI. Indeterminant analysis H.g. Statics 1. momentum) 3. Area moments of inertia 7. Shear and moment diagrams B. torsion 4. equivalent annual FW. Uncertainty (e. Mass moments of inertia 4. rigid bodies 6. Code of ethics (professional and technical societies) B. Friction VIII. normal. Ethical versus legal D. average. Work. bending.. axial loads 2. Plastic versus elastic deformation 10% 7% 2 . Angular motion (e. rate of return) B. particles b. axial. Ethics and Business Practices A. Discounted cash flow (e. bending loads 3. Combined stresses F.

voltage. 2nd Law) B. 7% XI. electrical 3. Capacitance and inductance G. enthalpy 2.IX. Work done in moving a charge in an electric field (relationship between voltage and work) C. Cycles E. parallel) F. Mixture of gases G. Heat transfer I. Materials 1. Fluid statics D. impulse. chemical 2. Pipe and other internal flow Electricity and Magnetism A. Fluid properties C. Reactance and impedance. Ideal gases F. nonferrous metals Fluid Mechanics A. Thermodynamics A. Charge. 9% XII. and work C. Basic complex algebra 7% X. Phase changes H. Flow measurement B. Thermodynamic laws (e. ferrous metals 3. current. susceptance and admittance H. Current and voltage laws (Kirchhoff.g. Properties of: 1. heat.. engineered materials 2. Equivalent circuits (series. Material Properties A. energy. and momentum equations E. physical B. 1st Law. Energy. Availability and reversibility D. entropy 7% 3 . Force between charges D. Properties 1. mechanical 4. power B. AC circuits I. Ohm) E. Energy. Corrosion mechanisms and control C.

10% IV. Thermodynamic properties (e.AFTERNOON Session (60 questions in 11 topic areas) Topic Area Approximate Percentage of PM Test Content I. Pumps... x-y. free energy) C..g. 2nd Law) B. molality. T-s. Reynolds number) D. enthalpy. black box concept) D. Mass balance B. normality. qualitative and quantitative analyses. solubility product. Combustion Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics A. pipe. Heats of mixing Fluid Dynamics A. Flow measurement (e. valence. pK. Velocity head F..g.g.g. 10% 4 . van der Waals.. isentropic) D. fittings) G. Non-Newtonian flow L. Inorganic chemistry (e. orifices.g. Pipe networks H. Cyclic processes and efficiency (e. T-x-y) E. Phase equilibrium and phase change H. Property and phase diagrams (e. Organic chemistry (e. Friction losses (e. and compressors K. Flow through packed beds 10% II. refrigeration.g. Equations of state (e. balanced equations. 15% III. Soave-Redlich-Kwong) F. molarity... bases. 1st Law. electrochemistry) B. valves. Chemistry A. Bernoulli equation and mechanical energy balance B. Steady-state process E. Control boundary concept (e. heat pump) K. Bypass process H. Laminar and turbulent flow E..g. Thermodynamic processes (e.g. Hydrostatic pressure C..g. Compressible and incompressible flow I.. acids. Chemical equilibrium I. Dimensionless numbers (e. Unsteady-state process F. Venturi meters) J.. pH. Energy balance C. nomenclature. internal thermal energy. power. Heats of reaction J. entropy. isothermal. h-P. turbines.g. redox.. adiabatic.g. synthesis) Material/Energy Balances A.g. Recycle process G. Steam tables G. reactions. structure. Thermodynamic laws (e.

distillation. Cascade control F. rate of return) E. Chemical Reaction Engineering A. Dynamics (e. Humidification and drying 10% VI. HTU. 10% VII.g.g. Energy/material balance around a reactor G. 5% .. Sensors and control valves (e. matching measured and manipulated variables) G. Heat Transfer A. semi-batch. membrane processes) G. Shell-and-tube heat exchanger design (e. Numerical methods and concepts (e. NTP) F.g. tolerance) B. time constants. temperature. yield. Heat transfer coefficients E. Reaction rates and order B. McCabe-Thiele) E. and selectivity D. 2nd order. Tuning PID controllers and stability (e. pressure) B.. batch. Heat exchanger types (e.g.. Conversion.g.. convergence. plate and frame. Graphical methods (e. Forward and reverse reactions F. discounted cash flow. Fick's 1st and 2nd laws) B. Convective heat transfer C. Mass transfer coefficient C. underdamped) C..g.g. Arrhenius function) C. Method of Ziegler-Nichols. Reactor types (e.g. Reactions with volume change H.. Radiation heat transfer D. Scale-up D.. cocurrent/countercurrent) G..g. HETP.. Proportional. Catalysis VIII. Flow configuration (e.g.g. extraction. Piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID) C. Open-loop and closed-loop transfer functions 5 10% 10% 5% X. Comparison of economic alternatives (e.. Diffusion (e. Series and parallel reactions E. absorption.. Separation systems (e. Log mean temperature difference (LMTD) and NTU H. Differential method (e.g. CSTR) I. net present value. Spreadsheets for chemical engineering calculations C. Cost estimation IX. Routh Test) H. NTU. area. plug flow. Process flow diagrams (PFD) B.g. and derivative (PID) controller concepts E. Computer Usage in Chemical Engineering A.V... integral. Conductive heat transfer B. Homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions J.. Equilibrium stage method (efficiency) D. Statistical data analysis Process Control A.g. Rate constant (e. spiral) F. Control loop design (e. Fouling I..g. Feedback and feedforward control D. Process Design and Economic Optimization A. number of passes) Mass Transfer A.

including MSDS B. Overpressure and underpressure protection (e. Storage and handling (e. Hazardous properties of materials (e.. Industrial hygiene (e. Waste minimization G. Waste treatment (e.. toxic). noise. spill containment) F. redundant control. using fault-tree analysis or event tree) D.. ergonomics) C.g. and Environmental A.. Safety.g.g. Health.. air. relief. PPE. solids) 5% 6 . flammable.g. corrosive.. Process hazard analysis (e.XI. water.g. inerting.g. intrinsically safe) E.

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