The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is typically the first step in the
process leading to the P.E. license. It is designed for recent graduates and
students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree. The FE
is a computer-based exam that is administered year-round in testing windows at
NCEES-approved Pearson VUE test centers.

The FE contains 110 multiple-choice questions. The exam appointment time is 6
hours long, which includes a nondisclosure agreement, tutorial (8 minutes), the
exam (5 hours and 20 minutes), a scheduled break (25 minutes), and a brief
survey.

**FE exam specifications**

The FE is offered in **seven** disciplines.
Specifications for the exams are as follows:

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FE Chemical
FE Civil
FE Electrical
FE Environmental
FE Industrial
FE Mechanical
FE Other Disciplines
**

**Department
of Professional Engineering **

CHEMICAL CBT Exam Specifications

Effective Beginning with the January 2014 Examinations

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2. Probability and Statistics
46 **

A. Probability distributions (e.g., discrete, continuous, normal, binomial)

B. Expected value (weighted average) in decision making

C. Hypothesis testing

D. Measures of central tendencies and dispersions (e.g., mean, mode,

standard deviation)

E. Estimation for a single mean (e.g., point, confidence intervals)

F. Regression and curve fitting

**16. Ethics and Professional Practice
23 **

A. Codes of ethics (professional and technical societies)

B. Agreements and contracts

C. Ethical and legal considerations

D. Professional liability

E. Public protection issues (e.g., licensing boards)

About the FE/EIT Exam

Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)

CIVIL CBT Exam Specifications

Effective Beginning with the January 2014 Examinations

2. Probability and Statistics
46

A. Measures of central tendencies and dispersions (e.g., mean, mode,

standard deviation)

B. Estimation for a single mean (e.g., point, confidence intervals)

C. Regression and curve fitting

D.
Expected value (weighted average) in decision making

6. Statics
711

A. Resultants of force systems

B. Equivalent force systems

C. Equilibrium of rigid bodies

D. Frames and trusses

E. Centroid of area

F. Area moments of inertia

G. Static friction

7. Dynamics
46

A. Kinematics (e.g., particles and rigid bodies)

B. Mass moments of inertia

C. Force acceleration (e.g., particles and rigid bodies)

D. Impulse momentum (e.g., particles and rigid bodies)

E. Work, energy, and power (e.g., particles and rigid bodies)

8. Mechanics of Materials
711

A. Shear and moment diagrams

B. Stresses and strains (e.g., axial, torsion, bending, shear, thermal)

C. Deformations (e.g., axial, torsion, bending, thermal)

D. Combined stresses

E. Principal stresses

F. Mohr's circle

G. Column analysis (e.g., buckling, boundary conditions)

H. Composite sections

I. Elastic and plastic deformations

J. Stress-strain diagrams

9. Materials
46

A. Mix design (e.g., concrete and asphalt)

B. Test methods and specifications (e.g., steel, concrete, aggregates,

asphalt, wood)

C. Physical and mechanical properties of concrete, ferrous and nonferrous

metals, masonry, wood, engineered materials (e.g., FRP, laminated

lumber, wood/plastic composites), and asphalt

10. Fluid Mechanics
46

A. Flow measurement

B. Fluid properties

C. Fluid statics

D. Energy, impulse, and momentum equations

11. Hydraulics and Hydrologic Systems
812

A. Basic hydrology (e.g., infiltration, rainfall, runoff, detention, flood
flows,

watersheds)

B. Basic hydraulics (e.g., Manning equation, Bernoulli theorem, open-channel

flow, pipe flow)

C. Pumping systems (water and wastewater)

D. Water distribution systems

E. Reservoirs (e.g., dams, routing, spillways)

F. Groundwater (e.g., flow, wells, drawdown)

G. Storm sewer collection systems

12. Structural Analysis
69

A. Analysis of forces in statically determinant beams, trusses, and frames

B. Deflection of statically determinant beams, trusses, and frames

C. Structural determinacy and stability analysis of beams, trusses, and frames

D. Loads and load paths (e.g., dead, live, lateral, influence lines and moving

loads, tributary areas)

E. Elementary statically indeterminate structures

13. Structural Design
69

A. Design of steel components (e.g., codes and design philosophies,

beams, columns, beam-columns, tension members, connections)

B. Design of reinforced concrete components (e.g., codes and design

philosophies, beams, slabs, columns, walls, footings)

14. Geotechnical Engineering
914

A. Geology

B. Index properties and soil classifications

C. Phase relations (air-water-solid)

D. Laboratory and field tests

E. Effective stress (buoyancy)

F. Stability of retaining walls (e.g., active pressure/passive pressure)

G. Shear strength

H. Bearing capacity (cohesive and noncohesive)

I. Foundation types (e.g., spread footings, deep foundations, wall

footings, mats)

J. Consolidation and differential settlement

K. Seepage/flow nets

L. Slope stability (e.g., fills, embankments, cuts, dams)

M. Soil stabilization (e.g., chemical additives, geosynthetics)

N. Drainage systems

O. Erosion control

15. Transportation Engineering
812

A. Geometric design of streets and highways

B. Geometric design of intersections

C. Pavement system design (e.g., thickness, subgrade, drainage, rehabilitation)

D. Traffic safety

E. Traffic capacity

F. Traffic flow theory

G. Traffic control devices

H. Transportation planning (e.g., travel forecast modeling)

16. Environmental Engineering 69

A. Water quality (ground and surface)

B. Basic tests (e.g., water, wastewater, air)

C. Environmental regulations

D. Water supply and treatment

E. Wastewater collection and treatment

17. Construction
46

A. Construction documents

B. Procurement methods (e.g., competitive bid, qualifications-based)

C. Project delivery methods (e.g., design-bid-build, design build, construction

management, multiple prime)

D. Construction operations and methods (e.g., lifting, rigging, dewatering

and pumping, equipment production, productivity analysis and

improvement, temporary erosion control)

E. Project scheduling (e.g., CPM, allocation of resources)

F. Project management (e.g., owner/contractor/client relations)

G. Construction safety

H. Construction estimating

18. Surveying
46

A. Angles, distances, and trigonometry

B. Area computations

C. Earthwork and volume computations

D. Closure

E. Coordinate systems (e.g., state plane, latitude/longitude)

F. Leveling (e.g., differential, elevations, percent grades)

About the FE/EIT Exam

Effective Beginning with the January 2014 Examinations

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).

Knowledge Number of Questions

1. Mathematics 1117

A. Algebra and trigonometry

B. Complex numbers

C. Discrete mathematics

D. Analytic geometry

E. Calculus

F. Differential equations

G. Linear algebra

H. Vector analysis

2. Probability and Statistics 46

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)

3. Ethics and Professional Practice 35

A. Codes of ethics (professional and technical societies)

B. NCEES Model Law and Model Rules

C. Intellectual property (e.g., copyright, trade secrets, patents)

4. Engineering Economics 35

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)

5. Properties of Electrical Materials 46

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)

6. Engineering Sciences 69

A. Work, energy, power, heat

B. Charge, energy, current, voltage, power

C. Forces (e.g., between charges, on conductors)

D. Work done in moving a charge in an electric field (relationship between

voltage and work)

E. Capacitance

F. Inductance

7. Circuit Analysis (DC and AC Steady State) 1015

A. KCL, KVL

B. Series/parallel equivalent circuits

C. Thevenin and Norton theorems

D. Node and loop analysis

E. Waveform analysis (e.g., RMS, average, frequency, phase, wavelength)

F. Phasors

G. Impedance

8. Linear Systems 58

A. Frequency/transient response

B. Resonance

C. Laplace transforms

D. Transfer functions

E. 2-port theory

9. Signal Processing 58

A. Convolution (continuous and discrete)

B. Difference equations

C. Z-transforms

D. Sampling (e.g., aliasing, Nyquist theorem)

E. Analog filters

F. Digital filters

10. Electronics 711

A. Solid-state fundamentals (e.g., tunneling, diffusion/drift current,

energy bands, doping bands, p-n theory)

B. Discrete devices (diodes, transistors, BJT, CMOS) and models and

their performance

C. Bias circuits

D. Amplifiers (e.g., single-stage/common emitter, differential)

E. Operational amplifiers (ideal, non-ideal)

F. Instrumentation (e.g., measurements, data acquisition, transducers)

G. Power electronics

11. Power 812

A. Single phase and three phase

B. Transmission and distribution

C. Voltage regulation

D. Transformers

E. Motors and generators

F. Power factor (pf)

12. Electromagnetics 58

A. Maxwell equations

B. Electrostatics/magnetostatics (e.g., measurement of spatial relationships,

vector analysis)

C. Wave propagation

D. Transmission lines (high frequency)

E. Electromagnetic compatibility

13. Control Systems 69

A. Block diagrams (feed-forward, feedback)

B. Bode plots

C. Closed-loop and open-loop response

D. Controller performance (gain, PID), steady-state errors

E. Root locus

F. Stability

G. State variables

14. Communications 58

A. Basic modulation/demodulation concepts (e.g., AM, FM, PCM)

B. Fourier transforms/Fourier series

C. Multiplexing (e.g., time division, frequency division)

D. Digital communications

15. Computer Networks 35

A. Routing and switching

B. Network topologies/frameworks/models

C. Local area networks

16. Digital Systems 711

A. Number systems

B. Boolean logic

C. Logic gates and circuits

D. Logic minimization (e.g., SOP, POS, Karnaugh maps)

E. Flip-flops and counters

F. Programmable logic devices and gate arrays

G. State machine design

H. Data path/controller design

I. Timing (diagrams, asynchronous inputs, races, hazards)

17. Computer Systems 46

A. Architecture (e.g., pipelining, cache memory)

B. Microprocessors

C. Memory technology and systems

D. Interfacing

18. Software Development 46

A. Algorithms

B. Data structures

C. Software design methods (structured, object-oriented)

D. Software implementation (e.g., procedural, scripting languages) About the FE/EIT Exam

ENVIRONMENTAL CBT Exam Specifications

Effective Beginning with the January 2014 Examinations

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).

Knowledge Number of Questions

1. Mathematics 46

A. Analytic geometry

B. Numerical methods

C. Roots of equations

D. Calculus

E. Differential equations

2. Probability and Statistics 35

A. Measures of central tendencies and dispersions (e.g., mean, mode,

standard deviation)

B. Probability distributions (e.g., discrete, continuous, normal, binomial)

C. Estimation (point, confidence intervals) for a single mean

D. Regression and curve fitting

E. Expected value (weighted average) in decision making

F. Hypothesis testing

3. Ethics and Professional Practice 58

A. Codes of ethics (professional and technical societies)

B. Agreements and contracts

C. Ethical and legal considerations

D. Professional liability

E. Public protection issues (e.g., licensing boards)

F. Regulations (e.g., water, wastewater, air, solid/hazardous waste,

groundwater/soils)

4. Engineering Economics 46

A. Discounted cash flow (e.g., life cycle, equivalence, PW, equivalent

annual worth, FW, rate of return)

B. Cost (e.g., incremental, average, sunk, estimating)

C. Analyses (e.g., breakeven, benefit-cost)

D. Uncertainty (expected value and risk)

5. Materials Science 35

A. Properties (e.g., chemical, electrical, mechanical, physical)

B. Corrosion mechanisms and controls

C. Material selection and compatibility

6. Environmental Science and Chemistry 1117

A. Reactions (e.g., equilibrium, acid base, oxidation-reduction,

precipitation)

B. Stoichiometry

C. Kinetics (chemical, microbiological)

D. Organic chemistry (e.g., nomenclature, functional group reactions)

E. Ecology (e.g., Streeter-Phelps, fluviology, limnology, eutrophication)

F. Multimedia equilibrium partitioning (e.g., Henrys law, octonal

partitioning coefficient)

7. Risk Assessment 58

A. Dose-response toxicity (carcinogen, noncarcinogen)

B. Exposure routes

8. Fluid Mechanics 914

A. Fluid statics

B. Closed conduits (e.g., Darcy-Weisbach, Hazen-Williams, Moody)

C. Open channel (Manning)

D. Pumps (e.g., power, operating point, parallel and series)

E. Flow measurement (e.g., weirs, orifices, flowmeters)

F. Blowers (e.g., power, operating point, parallel, and series)

9. Thermodynamics 35

A. Thermodynamic laws (e.g., 1st law, 2nd law)

B. Energy, heat, and work

C. Ideal gases

D. Mixture of nonreacting gases

E. Heat transfer

10. Water Resources 1015

A. Demand calculations

B. Population estimations

C. Runoff calculations (e.g., land use, land cover, time of concentration,

duration, intensity, frequency)

D. Reservoir sizing

E. Routing (e.g., channel, reservoir)

F. Water quality and modeling (e.g., erosion, channel stability,

stormwater quality management)

11. Water and Wastewater 1421

A. Water and wastewater characteristics

B. Mass and energy balances

C. Conventional water treatment processes (e.g., clarification, disinfection,

filtration, flocculation, softening, rapid mix)

D. Conventional wastewater treatment processes (e.g., activated sludge, decentralized

wastewater systems, fixed-film system, disinfection, flow equalization,

headworks, lagoons)

E. Alternative treatment process (e.g., conservation and reuse, membranes,

nutrient removal, ion exchange, activated carbon, air stripping)

F. Sludge treatment and handling (e.g., land application, sludge digestion,

sludge dewatering)

12. Air Quality 1015

A. Chemical principles (e.g., ideal gas, mole fractions, stoichiometry,

Henrys law)

B. Mass balances

C. Emissions (factors, rates)

D. Atmospheric sciences (e.g., stability classes, dispersion modeling, lapse rates)

E. Gas handling and treatment technologies (e.g., hoods, ducts, coolers,

biofiltration, scrubbers, adsorbers, incineration)

F. Particle handling and treatment technologies (e.g., baghouses, cyclones,

electrostatic precipitators, settling velocity)

13. Solid and Hazardous Waste 1015

A. Composting

B. Mass balances

C. Compatibility

D. Landfilling (e.g., siting, design, leachate, material and energy recovery)

E. Site characterization and remediation

F. Hazardous waste treatment (e.g., physical, chemical, thermal)

G. Radioactive waste treatment and disposal

14. Groundwater and Soils 914

A. Basic hydrogeology (e.g., aquifers, permeability, water table, hydraulic

conductivity, saturation, soil characteristics)

B. Drawdown (e.g., Jacob, Theis, Thiem)

C. Groundwater flow (e.g., Darcys law, specific capacity, velocity, gradient)

D. Soil and groundwater remediation

INDUSTRIAL CBT Exam Specifications

Effective Beginning with the January 2014 Examinations

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).

1. Mathematics 69

A. Analytic geometry

B. Calculus

C. Matrix operations

D. Vector analysis

E. Linear algebra

2. Engineering Sciences 58

A. Work, energy, and power

B. Material properties and selection

C. Charge, energy, current, voltage, and power

3. Ethics and Professional Practice 58

A. Codes of ethics and licensure

B. Agreements and contracts

C. Professional, ethical, and legal responsibility

D. Public protection and regulatory issues

4. Engineering Economics 1015

A. Discounted cash flows (PW, EAC, FW, IRR, amortization)

B. Types and breakdown of costs (e.g., fixed, variable, direct and indirect labor)

C. Cost analyses (e.g., benefit-cost, breakeven, minimum cost, overhead)

D. Accounting (financial statements and overhead cost allocation)

E. Cost estimation

F. Depreciation and taxes

G. Capital budgeting

5. Probability and Statistics 1015

A. Combinatorics (e.g., combinations, permutations)

B. Probability distributions (e.g., normal, binomial, empirical)

C. Conditional probabilities

D. Sampling distributions, sample sizes, and statistics (e.g., central tendency,

dispersion)

E. Estimation (e.g., point, confidence intervals)

F. Hypothesis testing

G. Regression (linear, multiple)

H. System reliability (e.g., single components, parallel and series systems)

I. Design of experiments (e.g., ANOVA, factorial designs)

6. Modeling and Computations 812

A. Algorithm and logic development (e.g., flow charts, pseudocode)

B. Databases (e.g., types, information content, relational)

C. Decision theory (e.g., uncertainty, risk, utility, decision trees)

D. Optimization modeling (e.g., decision variables, objective functions, and

constraints)

E. Linear programming (e.g., formulation, primal, dual, graphical solutions)

F. Mathematical programming (e.g., network, integer, dynamic, transportation,

assignment)

G. Stochastic models (e.g., queuing, Markov, reliability)

H. Simulation

7. Industrial Management 812

A. Principles (e.g., planning, organizing, motivational theory)

B. Tools of management (e.g., MBO, reengineering, organizational structure)

C. Project management (e.g., scheduling, PERT, CPM)

D. Productivity measures

8. Manufacturing, Production, and Service Systems 812

A. Manufacturing processes

B. Manufacturing systems (e.g., cellular, group technology, flexible)

C. Process design (e.g., resources, equipment selection, line balancing)

D. Inventory analysis (e.g., EOQ, safety stock)

E. Forecasting

F. Scheduling (e.g., sequencing, cycle time, material control)

G. Aggregate planning

H. Production planning (e.g., JIT, MRP, ERP)

I. Lean enterprises

J. Automation concepts (e.g., robotics, CIM)

K. Sustainable manufacturing (e.g., energy efficiency, waste reduction)

L. Value engineering

9. Facilities and Logistics 812

A. Flow measurements and analysis (e.g., from/to charts, flow planning)

B. Layouts (e.g., types, distance metrics, planning, evaluation)

C. Location analysis (e.g., single- and multiple-facility location, warehouses)

D. Process capacity analysis (e.g., number of machines and people, trade-offs)

E. Material handling capacity analysis

F. Supply chain management and design

10. Human Factors, Ergonomics, and Safety 812

A. Hazard identification and risk assessment

B. Environmental stress assessment (e.g., noise, vibrations, heat)

C. Industrial hygiene

D. Design for usability (e.g., tasks, tools, displays, controls, user interfaces)

E. Anthropometry

F. Biomechanics

G. Cumulative trauma disorders (e.g., low back injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome)

H. Systems safety

I. Cognitive engineering (e.g., information processing, situation awareness,

human error, mental models)

11. Work Design 812

A. Methods analysis (e.g., charting, workstation design, motion economy)

B. Time study (e.g., time standards, allowances)

C. Predetermined time standard systems (e.g., MOST, MTM)

D. Work sampling

E. Learning curves

12. Quality 812

A. Six sigma

B. Management and planning tools (e.g., fishbone, Pareto, QFD, TQM)

C. Control charts

D. Process capability and specifications

E. Sampling plans

F. Design of experiments for quality improvement

G. Reliability engineering

13. Systems Engineering 812

A. Requirements analysis

B. System design

C. Human systems integration

D. Functional analysis and allocation

E. Configuration management

F. Risk management

G. Verification and assurance

H. System life-cycle engineering

Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)

MECHANICAL CBT Exam Specifications

Effective Beginning with the January 2014 Examinations

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).

Knowledge Number of Questions

1. Mathematics 69

A. Analytic geometry

B. Calculus

C. Linear algebra

D. Vector analysis

E. Differential equations

F. Numerical methods

2. Probability and Statistics 46

A. Probability distributions

B. Regression and curve fitting

3. Computational Tools 35

A. Spreadsheets

B. Flow charts

4. Ethics and Professional Practice 35

A. Codes of ethics

B. Agreements and contracts

C. Ethical and legal considerations

D. Professional liability

E. Public health, safety, and welfare

5. Engineering Economics 35

A. Time value of money

B. Cost, including incremental, average, sunk, and estimating

C. Economic analyses

D. Depreciation

6. Electricity and Magnetism 35

A. Charge, current, voltage, power, and energy

B. Current and voltage laws (Kirchhoff, Ohm)

C. Equivalent circuits (series, parallel)

D. AC circuits

E. Motors and generators

7. Statics 812

A. Resultants of force systems

B. Concurrent force systems

C. Equilibrium of rigid bodies

D. Frames and trusses

E. Centroids

F. Moments of inertia

G. Static friction

8. Dynamics, Kinematics, and Vibrations 914

A. Kinematics of particles

B. Kinetic friction

C. Newtons second law for particles

D. Work-energy of particles

E. Impulse-momentum of particles

F. Kinematics of rigid bodies

G. Kinematics of mechanisms

H. Newtons second law for rigid bodies

I. Work-energy of rigid bodies

J. Impulse-momentum of rigid bodies

K. Free and forced vibrations

9. Mechanics of Materials 812

A. Shear and moment diagrams

B. Stress types (axial, bending, torsion, shear)

C. Stress transformations

D. Mohrs circle

E. Stress and strain caused by axial loads

F. Stress and strain caused by bending loads

G. Stress and strain caused by torsion

H. Stress and strain caused by shear

I. Combined loading

J. Deformations

K. Columns

10. Material Properties and Processing 812

A. Properties, including chemical, electrical, mechanical, physical,

and thermal

B. Stress-strain diagrams

C. Engineered materials

D. Ferrous metals

E. Nonferrous metals

F. Manufacturing processes

G. Phase diagrams

H. Phase transformation, equilibrium, and heat treating

I. Materials selection

J. Surface conditions

K. Corrosion mechanisms and control

L. Thermal failure

M. Ductile or brittle behavior

N. Fatigue

O. Crack propagation

11. Fluid Mechanics 914

A. Fluid properties

B. Fluid statics

C. Energy, impulse, and momentum

D. Internal flow

E. External flow

F. Incompressible flow

G. Compressible flow

H. Power and efficiency

I. Performance curves

J. Scaling laws for fans, pumps, and compressors

12. Thermodynamics 1320

A. Properties of ideal gases and pure substances

B. Energy transfers

C. Laws of thermodynamics

D. Processes

E. Performance of components

F. Power cycles, thermal efficiency, and enhancements

G. Refrigeration and heat pump cycles and coefficients of performance

H. Nonreacting mixtures of gases

I. Psychrometrics

J. Heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) processes

K. Combustion and combustion products

13. Heat Transfer 914

A. Conduction

B. Convection

C. Radiation

D. Thermal resistance

E. Transient processes

F. Heat exchangers

G. Boiling and condensation

14. Measurements, Instrumentation, and Controls 58

A. Sensors

B. Block diagrams

C. System response

D. Measurement uncertainty

15. Mechanical Design and Analysis 914

A. Stress analysis of machine elements

B. Failure theories and analysis

C. Deformation and stiffness

D. Springs

E. Pressure vessels

F. Beams

G. Piping

H. Bearings

I. Power screws

J. Power transmission

K. Joining methods

L. Manufacturability

M. Quality and reliability

N. Hydraulic components

O. Pneumatic components

P. Electromechanical components

Effective Beginning with the January 2014 Examinations

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).

Knowledge Number of Questions

1. Mathematics and Advanced Engineering Mathematics 1218

A. Analytic geometry and trigonometry

B. Calculus

C. Differential equations (e.g., homogeneous, nonhomogeneous, Laplace

transforms)

D. Numerical methods (e.g., algebraic equations, roots of equations,

approximations, precision limits)

E. Linear algebra (e.g., matrix operations)

2. Probability and Statistics 69

A. Measures of central tendencies and dispersions (e.g., mean, mode,

variance, standard deviation)

B. Probability distributions (e.g., discrete, continuous, normal, binomial)

C. Estimation (e.g., point, confidence intervals)

D. Expected value (weighted average) in decision making

E. Sample distributions and sizes

F. Goodness of fit (e.g., correlation coefficient, least squares)

3. Chemistry 711

A. Periodic table (e.g., nomenclature, metals and nonmetals, atomic

structure of matter)

B. Oxidation and reduction

C. Acids and bases

D. Equations (e.g., stoichiometry, equilibrium)

E. Gas laws (e.g., Boyles and Charles Laws, molar volume)

4. Instrumentation and Data Acquisition 46

A. Sensors (e.g., temperature, pressure, motion, pH, chemical constituents)

B. Data acquisition (e.g., logging, sampling rate, sampling range, filtering,

amplification, signal interface)

C. Data processing (e.g., flow charts, loops, branches)

5. Ethics and Professional Practice 35

A. Codes of ethics

B. NCEES Model Law

C. Public protection issues (e.g., licensing boards)

6. Safety, Health, and Environment 46

A. Industrial hygiene (e.g., carcinogens, toxicology, MSDS, lower

exposure limits)

B. Basic safety equipment (e.g., pressure relief valves, emergency

shut-offs, fire prevention and control, personal protective equipment)

C. Gas detection and monitoring (e.g., O2, CO, CO2, CH4, H2S, Radon)

D. Electrical safety

7. Engineering Economics 711

A. Time value of money (e.g., present worth, annual worth, future worth,

rate of return)

B. Cost (e.g., incremental, average, sunk, estimating)

C. Economic analyses (e.g., breakeven, benefit-cost, optimal economic life)

D. Uncertainty (e.g., expected value and risk)

E. Project selection (e.g., comparison of unequal life projects,

lease/buy/make, depreciation, discounted cash flow)

8. Statics 812

A. Resultants of force systems and vector analysis

B. Concurrent force systems

C. Force couple systems

D. Equilibrium of rigid bodies

E. Frames and trusses

F. Area properties (e.g., centroids, moments of inertia, radius of gyration)

G. Static friction

9. Dynamics 711

A. Kinematics

B. Linear motion (e.g., force, mass, acceleration)

C. Angular motion (e.g., torque, inertia, acceleration)

D. Mass moment of inertia

E. Impulse and momentum (linear and angular)

F. Work, energy, and power

G. Dynamic friction

H. Vibrations

10. Strength of Materials 812

A. Stress types (e.g., normal, shear, bending, torsion)

B. Combined stresses

C. Stress and strain caused by axial loads, bending loads, torsion, or shear

D. Shear and moment diagrams

E. Analysis of beams, trusses, frames, and columns

F. Deflection and deformations (e.g., axial, bending, torsion)

G. Elastic and plastic deformation

H. Failure theory and analysis (e.g., static/dynamic, creep, fatigue,

fracture, buckling)

11. Materials Science 69

A. Physical, mechanical, chemical, and electrical properties of ferrous

metals

B. Physical, mechanical, chemical, and electrical properties of nonferrous

metals

C. Physical, mechanical, chemical, and electrical properties of engineered

materials (e.g., polymers, concrete, composites)

D. Corrosion mechanisms and control

12. Fluid Mechanics and Dynamics of Liquids 812

A. Fluid properties (e.g., Newtonian, non-Newtonian)

B. Dimensionless numbers (e.g., Reynolds number, Froude number)

C. Laminar and turbulent flow

D. Fluid statics

E. Energy, impulse, and momentum equations (e.g., Bernoulli equation)

F. Pipe flow and friction losses (e.g., pipes, valves, fittings, Darcy-Weisbach

equation, Hazen-Williams equation)

G. Open-channel flow (e.g., Manning equation, drag)

H. Fluid transport systems (e.g., series and parallel operations)

I. Flow measurement

J. Turbomachinery (e.g., pumps, turbines)

13. Fluid Mechanics and Dynamics of Gases 46

A. Fluid properties (e.g., ideal and non-ideal gases)

B. Dimensionless numbers (e.g., Reynolds number, Mach number)

C. Laminar and turbulent flow

D. Fluid statics

E. Energy, impulse, and momentum equations

F. Duct and pipe flow and friction losses

G. Fluid transport systems (e.g., series and parallel operations)

H. Flow measurement

I. Turbomachinery (e.g., fans, compressors, turbines)

14. Electricity, Power, and Magnetism 711

A. Electrical fundamentals (e.g., charge, current, voltage, resistance,

power, energy)

B. Current and voltage laws (Kirchhoff, Ohm)

C. DC circuits

D. Equivalent circuits (series, parallel, Nortons theorem, Thevenins theorem)

E. Capacitance and inductance

F. AC circuits (e.g., real and imaginary components, complex numbers,

power factor, reactance and impedance)

G. Measuring devices (e.g., voltmeter, ammeter, wattmeter)

15. Heat, Mass, and Energy Transfer 914

A. Energy, heat, and work

B. Thermodynamic laws (e.g., 1st law, 2nd law)

C. Thermodynamic equilibrium

D. Thermodynamic properties (e.g., entropy, enthalpy, heat capacity)

E. Thermodynamic processes (e.g., isothermal, adiabatic, reversible,

irreversible)

F. Mixtures of nonreactive gases

G. Heat transfer (e.g., conduction, convection, and radiation)

H. Mass and energy balances

I. Property and phase diagrams (e.g., T-s, P-h)

J. Phase equilibrium and phase change

K. Combustion and combustion products (e.g., CO, CO2, NOX, ash,

particulates)

L. Psychrometrics (e.g., relative humidity, wet-bulb)

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