NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination


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


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)









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

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

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

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

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

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