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1 Exam Process & Requirements Jonathon Mauritz, EIT Mechanical Design Engineer Hudson Products Corporation Erik Howard, PE Vice President Knighthawk Engineering John Rigby Category Manager Chevron Pipeline

2 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)

3  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

4 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.

5 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.

6  Rice administers the FE in April only ◦ Next exam – Saturday, April 14 th 2012  Online registration at ◦ $125 registration fee by credit card only ◦ Dean of Engineering will reimburse the $125 fee upon passing the exam  Last year’s reference manuals ◦ Available in the Dean of Engineering Office  Sample questions & reference materials ◦ Fondren Library – Reserve Desk under FE Exam

7  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

8  FE Review Manual ◦ Author: Michael R. Lindeburg, PE  NCEES Reference Handbook ◦ Author: NCEES

9  will be sent out to Engineering students early January  Information session ◦ Speaker – Dr. Bart Sinclair ◦ January 18 th 2012, 7:00-8:00 PM, Duncan Hall ◦ FE Exam Info Sheet  Deadline to register ◦ February 23 rd 2012

10 Exam ModuleFirst-time takersRepeat takers Chemical87%46% Civil79%42% Electrical71%30% Environmental86%41% Industrial71%62% Mechanical81%32% Pass/Fail Results Available 8-10 weeks after exam

11  Prestige ◦ PEs are respected by the public and are seen in the same light as licensed professionals in other fields.  Career Development ◦ Licensure not only enhances your stature, it shows commitment to the profession and demonstrates heightened leadership and management skills.  Authority ◦ 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.  Flexibility ◦ Have a PE license opens up your career options. You can become a specialist, or establish your own business.  Money ◦ Having your PE allows expanded opportunities beyond a company structure - as an independent consultant for example.

12  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

13  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 PE’s) ◦ Familiar with your work

14  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

15 A 20 ft length of 2 ½ 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.

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

17 Exam ModuleFirst-time takersRepeat takers Chemical78%31% Civil69%40% Electrical61%28% Environmental60%15% Industrial80%44% Mechanical72%39% Pass/Fail Results Available 8-10 weeks after exam

18  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 ◦ PE’s may be randomly audited


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