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Principles and Practice of Engineering

Effective Beginning with the April 2008 Examinations
(with design standards updated May 6, 2013)

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The civil exam is a breadth and depth examination. This means that examinees work the breadth (AM) exam and one of the five depth (PM) exams. The five areas covered in the civil exam are construction, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources and environmental. The breadth exam contains questions from all five areas of civil engineering. The depth exams focus more closely on a single area of practice in civil engineering. Examinees work all questions in the morning session and all questions in the afternoon module they have chosen. Depth results are combined with breadth results for final score. The exam is an 8-hour open-book exam. It contains 40 multiple-choice questions in the 4-hour AM session, and 40 multiple-choice questions in the 4-hour PM session. The exam uses both the International System of Units (SI) and the US Customary System (USCS). The exam is developed with questions that will require a variety of approaches and methodologies, including design, analysis, and application. Some problems may require knowledge of engineering economics. The knowledge areas specified as examples of kinds of knowledge are not exclusive or exhaustive categories. The specifications for the AM exam and the Construction PM exam are included here. The design standards applicable to the Construction PM exam are shown on the last page. CIVIL BREADTH Exam Specifications
Approximate Percentage of AM Exam

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Construction A. Earthwork Construction and Layout 1. Excavation and embankment (cut and fill) 2. Borrow pit volumes 3. Site layout and control B. Estimating Quantities and Costs 1. Quantity take-off methods 2. Cost estimating C. Scheduling 1. Construction sequencing 2. Resource scheduling 3. Time-cost trade-off D. Material Quality Control and Production 1. Material testing (e.g., concrete, soil, asphalt) E. Temporary Structures 1. Construction loads



Gravity walls 2. reinforced) 2. Soil classification 2. Compaction 5. Engineering Properties of Soils and Materials 1. reinforcing) E. Bearing capacity 2. Loadings 1. Mechanics of Materials 1.. Shear diagrams 2. Materials 1. Geotechnical A. Subsurface Exploration and Sampling 1. Shear 5. Cantilever walls 3. Boring log interpretation (e. Compression 7. Moment diagrams 3. Tension 6. Analysis 1. Construction loads B. Footings 20% III. Concrete (plain. Structural steel (structural. Pavement design criteria C. Slabs 3. Earth Structures 1. soil profile) B. Slabs-on-grade E.Civil Breadth Exam Specifications Continued II. Live loads 3. 20% 2 . Effective and total stresses D. Deflection D. Permeability 2. Slope stability 2. Pressure distribution 2. Braced and anchored excavations Structural A. Shallow Foundations 1. Consolidation 4. Earth Retaining Structures 1. light gage. Determinate analysis C.g. Dead loads 2. Stability analysis 4. Beams 2. Flexure 4. Soil Mechanics Analysis 1. Combined stresses 8. Lateral earth pressure 3. Settlement F. Member Design 1.

Hydrology 1. force mains) 3. Friction and/or minor losses 5. Culvert design 3. rainfall measurement and distribution) 2. infiltration.g. Closed pipe flow equations including Hazen-Williams. Hydraulics – Closed Conduit 1. Hydrographs application 4. velocity control) 5. Acceleration and deceleration 20% V. Distribution systems 3 . Horizontal curves 2. Darcy-Weisbach Equation 4. Water Treatment 1. hydraulic jump. Spillway capacity 4..g.Civil Breadth Exam Specifications Continued IV. Rainfall intensity. inflow) E. gutter flow. Hydraulics – Open Channel 1. and frequency (IDF) curves 5. Detention/retention ponds D.g. Wastewater Treatment 1. Vertical curves 3.. branch networks. Time of concentration 6. Collection systems (e. Transportation A.. lift stations.g. Storm frequency 3.g. Pressure conduit (e. Flood plains/floodways 7. Energy and/or continuity equation (e. Sight distance 4. Flow measurement – open channel C.g. Energy dissipation (e. Bernoulli) 2. street flow. Superelevation 5.g. storm sewer pipes) 6. Stormwater collection (e.. single pipe.. Geometric Design 1. Water Resources and Environmental 20% A.g. Pipe network analysis (e. sewer networks. Vertical and/or horizontal clearances 6. loop networks) 6.. Open-channel flow (e. Pump application and analysis B. Runoff analysis including Rational and SCS methods 7. stormwater inlets. Hydraulic loading 2. Storm characterization (e. pipeline design.. Manning’s equation) 2.. duration. Erosion 8.

asphalt) B. Falsework and scaffolding D. Masonry Wall Bracing Standard] 10% II. soil. American Concrete Institute (ACI 347). Activity time analysis D. Crane selection. Time-cost trade-off Material Quality Control and Production A. 17. Codes and standards [e.. Construction loads B. Lifting and rigging B. Productivity analysis and improvement F. Quality control process (QA/QC) D. 15% IV. Cost estimating C.CIVIL–CONSTRUCTION DEPTH Exam Specifications Approximate Percentage of PM Exam I.. Value engineering and costing Construction Operations and Methods A. Material testing (e. 12. Formwork C. Construction sequencing B. Cofferdams (systems for temporary excavation support) I. Borrow pit volumes C. Concrete maturity and early strength evaluation F. Quantity take-off methods B.g. Bracing G. Anchorage H. Site layout and control D.5% V. concrete. erection.g. Temporary erosion control Scheduling A. American Forest and Paper Association-NDS. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE 37). Earthwork Construction and Layout A. Shoring and reshoring E. Welding and bolting testing C. 10% VI. and stability C.5% 4 . Resource scheduling E. CPM network analysis C. Earthwork mass diagrams Estimating Quantities and Costs A. Concrete mix design Temporary Structures A. Equipment production E. 17.5% III. Dewatering and pumping D. Excavation and embankment (cut and fill) B. Engineering economics 1.

Earth retaining structures 1. Wind loads 2. Load paths F. Work zone safety 10% 5 . EMR) 7. and Environment A. Groundwater and well fields 1. post-tensioned) 2. OSHA regulations B. Groundwater control including drainage. construction dewatering B. Other Topics A. Safety statistics (e. Timber H. Subsurface exploration and sampling 1. Materials 1. Pile installation E. Soil and rock anchors D. Safety management C. Worker Health. Safety. Mechanically stabilized earth wall 2. Snow loads 3. Progressive collapse G.Civil–Construction Depth Exam Specifications Continued VII. Loadings 1.. Drilling and sampling procedures C.5% VIII. Concrete (prestressed. Mechanics of materials 1.g. Deep foundations 1. Pile load test 2. Traffic safety 1. incident rate.

www. Council for Masonry Wall CMWB AISC ACI 318-08 ACI 347-04 ACI SP-4 OSHA MUTCD-Pt 6 Reference categories for Construction depth module  Construction surveying  Construction estimating  Construction planning and scheduling  Construction equipment and methods  Construction materials  Construction design standards (see above) 6 . DC. American Concrete Institute.fhwa.. 2009. Washington. 2005. Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices—Part 6 Temporary Traffic Control. MI. 29 CFR Part 1926 (US federal version).. www.asce. American Society of Civil Engineers.concrete. Farmington Hills. 7th ed.concrete. 7th edition appendix). VA.masoncontractors. Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination CONSTRUCTION Design Standards Effective Beginning with the October 2013 Examinations ABBREVIATION ASCE 37-02 NDS DESIGN STANDARD TITLE Design Loads on Structures During Construction. www. American Forest & Paper Association/American Wood MI. 2005. National Design Specification for Wood Construction. 2002.concrete. Farmington Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete. Chicago. Steel Construction Manual. American Concrete Institute. American Concrete Institute. Washington. Formwork for Concrete. Lombard. www. IL. Inc. MI. 2012. DC. www. Standard Practice for Bracing Masonry Walls Under Construction. (in ACI SP-4. Guide to Formwork for Concrete. www. www. US Federal Highway Administration. www. 13th American Institute of Steel Construction. Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry. Mason Contractors Association of America.awc. US Department of Labor. Farmington Hills. Reston.