Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER CBT Exam Specifications

Effective Beginning with the January 2014 Examinations

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The FE exam is a computer-based test (CBT). It is closed book with an electronic reference. Examinees have 6 hours to complete the exam, which contains 110 multiple-choice questions. The 6-hour time also includes a tutorial, a break, and a brief survey at the conclusion. The FE exam uses both the International System of Units (SI) and the US Customary System (USCS).
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Mathematics A. Algebra and trigonometry B. Complex numbers C. Discrete mathematics D. Analytic geometry E. Calculus F. Differential equations G. Linear algebra H. Vector analysis 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. Expected value (weighted average) in decision making D. Estimation for a single mean (e.g., point, confidence intervals, conditional probability) Ethics and Professional Practice A. Codes of ethics (professional and technical societies) B. NCEES Model Law and Model Rules C. Intellectual property (e.g., copyright, trade secrets, patents) Engineering Economics A. Time value of money (e.g., present value, future value, annuities) B. Cost estimation C. Risk identification D. Analysis (e.g., cost-benefit, trade-off, breakeven) Properties of Electrical Materials A. Chemical (e.g., corrosion, ions, diffusion) B. Electrical (e.g., conductivity, resistivity, permittivity, magnetic permeability) C. Mechanical (e.g., piezoelectric, strength) D. Thermal (e.g., conductivity, expansion)










5–8 10. Frequency/transient response B. RMS. Instrumentation (e. measurements. frequency. 2-port theory Signal Processing A. Forces (e. average. transistors. Power electronics Power A.. diffusion/drift current. energy. Power factor (pf) 2 6–9 7. Voltage regulation D.g. Analog filters F.g. Solid-state fundamentals (e. Charge. 8–12 . tunneling. Convolution (continuous and discrete) B. doping bands. Thevenin and Norton theorems D. Single phase and three phase B.. 10–15 8.. Motors and generators F. 5–8 9. Digital filters Electronics A. Transmission and distribution C. transducers) G.g. CMOS) and models and their performance C. energy. differential) E. Inductance Circuit Analysis (DC and AC Steady State) A. Transfer functions E. current. voltage.g. Work. Resonance C. Amplifiers (e. non-ideal) F. KCL. BJT. power. Series/parallel equivalent circuits C. p-n theory) B. between charges. Difference equations C. wavelength) F.6. Operational amplifiers (ideal..g. 7–11 11. Impedance Linear Systems A. Waveform analysis (e. Engineering Sciences A. Laplace transforms D. Nyquist theorem) E. phase. Bias circuits D. Node and loop analysis E.. energy bands.. Transformers E. Work done in moving a charge in an electric field (relationship between voltage and work) E. data acquisition. power C. heat B. Capacitance F. single-stage/common emitter. Sampling (e. on conductors) D.g. KVL B. Z-transforms D. Discrete devices (diodes. Phasors G. aliasing.

6–9 14. feedback) B.g. POS. time division. Maxwell equations B. steady-state errors E..g. Algorithms B. Timing (diagrams. Data path/controller design I. scripting languages) E. Wave propagation D. Basic modulation/demodulation concepts (e. 5–8 15. Stability G. Digital communications Computer Networks A. Architecture (e. Number systems B..g.. Programmable logic devices and gate arrays G. Root locus F. 7–11 17. Logic minimization (e. Software testing 3 5–8 13. asynchronous inputs. State machine design H. Karnaugh maps) E.g.g. Electrostatics/magnetostatics (e. FM. AM. Local area networks Digital Systems A. procedural.. Closed-loop and open-loop response D. 4–6 . PID). Software implementation (e. Software design methods (structured. frequency division) D. PCM) B. State variables Communications A. 4–6 18. races. Boolean logic C. cache memory) B. measurement of spatial relationships. Multiplexing (e. Logic gates and circuits D. pipelining.g.. hazards) Computer Systems A. Bode plots C. vector analysis) C. Electromagnetics A. Electromagnetic compatibility Control Systems A..12. Controller performance (gain. Block diagrams (feed-forward. object-oriented) D. Fourier transforms/Fourier series C. Data structures C. Routing and switching B. Flip-flops and counters F. 3–5 16. SOP. Transmission lines (high frequency) E. Interfacing Software Development A. Microprocessors C. Memory technology and systems D. Network topologies/frameworks/models C.

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