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Exam Process & Requirements

Jonathon Mauritz, EIT

Erik Howard, PE

John Rigby

Mechanical Design Engineer

Vice President

Category Manager

Hudson Products Corporation

Knighthawk Engineering

Chevron Pipeline

Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)


Engineer in Training (EIT)
Engineer Intern (EI)

First step to becoming a licensed Professional


Engineer (PE)
Taken semester of graduation
Administered by the National Council of
Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
(NCEES)

Administered in April and October


8 hour duration ~ 2 sessions
180 multiple-choice questions

120 in morning session (same for everyone)


8:00 AM 12:00 PM

Lunch

12:00 PM 1:00 PM

60 in afternoon session (selected discipline)


1:00 PM 5:00 PM

Closed book

FE Supplied Reference Handbook is provided on day


of exam

What is a metric ton?


(A) 200 kg
(B) 1000 kg
(C) 2000 kg
(D) 2 kN
Solution
A metric ton, also known as a tonne, is 1000 kg.

Answer is B.

Water flows through a 5 cm diameter pipe at 5 m/s.


What is the velocity after it expands through a 10
cm diameter section?
(A) 1.00 m/s
(B) 1.25 m/s
(C) 2.50 m/s
(D) 10.0 m/s
Solution
Q is constant, v1A1 = v2A2, v2 = 1.25 m/s.

Answer is B.

Rice administers the FE in April only


Next exam Saturday, April 14th 2012

Online registration at www.tbpe.state.tx.us


$125 registration fee by credit card only
Dean of Engineering will reimburse the $125 fee
upon passing the exam

Last years reference manuals


Available in the Dean of Engineering Office

Sample questions & reference materials


Fondren Library Reserve Desk under FE Exam

Exam authorization notice


Download via your My NCEES account 2-3 weeks
prior to exam date

Photo ID
Current, signed, government-issued photo ID
Must match exam authorization notice

Calculator
Casio: All FX-115 models
HP: HP 33S & HP 35S, no other models
TI: All TI-30X & TI-36X models

FE Review Manual
Author: Michael R. Lindeburg, PE

NCEES Reference Handbook


Author: NCEES

Email will be sent out to Engineering students


early January
Information session
Speaker Dr. Bart Sinclair
January 18th 2012, 7:00-8:00 PM, Duncan Hall
FE Exam Info Sheet

Deadline to register
February 23rd 2012

Exam Module

First-time takers

Repeat takers

Chemical

87%

46%

Civil

79%

42%

Electrical

71%

30%

Environmental

86%

41%

Industrial

71%

62%

Mechanical

81%

32%

Pass/Fail Results
Available 8-10 weeks after exam

Prestige

Career Development

Authority

Flexibility

Money

PEs are respected by the public and are seen in the same light as
licensed professionals in other fields.
Licensure not only enhances your stature, it shows commitment to
the profession and demonstrates heightened leadership and
management skills.

Only PEs can sign and seal engineering drawings; and only PEs can
be in responsible charge of a firm in private practice or serve as a
fully qualified expert witness.
Have a PE license opens up your career options. You can become a
specialist, or establish your own business.
Having your PE allows expanded opportunities beyond a company
structure - as an independent consultant for example.

Accredited engineering degree


Complete (pass) FE exam
Experience under a licensed PE is
recommended
Very helpful when submitting references

4 years of active practice in engineering


Design
Analysis

Complete (pass) PE exam

Supplementary Experience Record (SER)


Record of professional experience
Document experience as you go
Projects, Employers, Job title, Contacts, etc.

Submitted with application


Typically 6-12 pages in length
I designed, I calculated, I analyzed

Submit 3 References (current PEs)


Familiar with your work

Administered in April and October


8 hour duration ~ 2 sessions
Mechanical session
HVAC and Refrigeration
Mechanical Systems and Materials
Thermal and Fluids Systems

80 multiple-choice questions

40 in morning session (same for all mechanical)


40 in afternoon session (selected discipline)

Open book

Bring your own bounded reference material

A 20 ft length of 2 in nominal diameter schedule


40 steel pipe full of water is simply supported.
What is most nearly the maximum pipe deflection?
(A) 0.18 in
(B) 0.45 in
(C) 0.50 in
(D) 0.61 in
Solution
Calculate mass, moment of inertia, & beam deflection.

Answer is C.

PE Reference Manual
PE Practice Problems
Sample Examination
Author: Michael R. Lindeburg, PE

Exam Module

First-time takers

Repeat takers

Chemical

78%

31%

Civil

69%

40%

Electrical

61%

28%

Environmental

60%

15%

Industrial

80%

44%

Mechanical

72%

39%

Pass/Fail Results
Available 8-10 weeks after exam

CEP requires 15 PDH (Professional


Development Hours) per year
At least 1 PDH of ethics

Required annually to renew PE license


PDH activities
Meetings
Seminars
Courses

Keep documentation
PEs may be randomly audited