Updated for the new July 2020 FE Exam Topics

Below are the NCEES category specifications for exam coverage.

Effective ** UNTIL **July 1st, 2020, these are the categories and subcategories specified by the NCEES that this discipline will cover. It includes an estimate of the number of questions you will see on the official exam for each category. PrepFE provides hundreds of questions in proportional amounts to the official exam.

*For the upcoming categories that are effective as of July 1st, 2020, please see the categories here. *

Mathematics and Advanced Engineering Mathematics

12 to 18 questions

Analytic geometry and trigonometry

Calculus

Differential equations (e.g., homogeneous, nonhomogeneous, Laplace transforms)

Numerical methods (e.g., algebraic equations, roots of equations, approximations, precision limits)

Linear algebra (e.g., matrix operations)

Probability and Statistics

6 to 9 questions

Measures of central tendencies and dispersions (e.g., mean, mode, variance, standard deviation)

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

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

Expected value (weighted average) in decision making

Sample distributions and sizes

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

Chemistry

7 to 11 questions

Periodic table (e.g., nomenclature, metals and nonmetals, atomic structure of matter)

Oxidation and reduction

Acids and bases

Equations (e.g., stoichiometry, equilibrium)

Gas laws (e.g., Boyle’s and Charles’ Laws, molar volume)

Instrumentation and Data Acquisition

4 to 6 questions

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

Data acquisition (e.g., logging, sampling rate, sampling range, filtering, amplification, signal interface)

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

Ethics and Professional Practice

3 to 5 questions

Codes of ethics

NCEES Model Law and Model Rules

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

Safety, Health, and Environment

4 to 6 questions

Industrial hygiene (e.g., carcinogens, toxicology, MSDS, lower exposure limits)

Basic safety equipment (e.g., pressure relief valves, emergency shut-offs, fire prevention and control, personal protective equipment)

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

Electrical safety

Engineering Economics

7 to 11 questions

Time value of money (e.g., present worth, annual worth, future worth, rate of return)

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

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

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

Project selection (e.g., comparison of unequal life projects, lease/buy/make, depreciation, discounted cash flow)

Statics

8 to 12 questions

Resultants of force systems and vector analysis

Concurrent force systems

Force couple systems

Equilibrium of rigid bodies

Frames and trusses

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

Static friction

Dynamics

7 to 11 questions

Kinematics

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

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

Mass moment of inertia

Impulse and momentum (linear and angular)

Work, energy, and power

Dynamic friction

Vibrations

Strength of Materials

8 to 12 questions

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

Combined stresses

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

Shear and moment diagrams

Analysis of beams, trusses, frames, and columns

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

Elastic and plastic deformation

Failure theory and analysis (e.g., static/dynamic, creep, fatigue, fracture, buckling)

Materials Science

6 to 9 questions

Physical, mechanical, chemical, and electrical properties of ferrous metals

Physical, mechanical, chemical, and electrical properties of nonferrous metals

Physical, mechanical, chemical, and electrical properties of engineered materials (e.g., polymers, concrete, composites)

Corrosion mechanisms and control

Fluid Mechanics and Dynamics of Liquids

8 to 12 questions

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

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

Laminar and turbulent flow

Fluid statics

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

Pipe flow and friction losses (e.g., pipes, valves, fittings, Darcy-Weisbach equation, Hazen-Williams equation)

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

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

Flow measurement

Turbomachinery (e.g., pumps, turbines)

Fluid Mechanics and Dynamics of Gases

4 to 6 questions

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

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

Laminar and turbulent flow

Fluid statics

Energy, impulse, and momentum equations

Duct and pipe flow and friction losses

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

Flow measurement

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

Electricity, Power, and Magnetism

7 to 11 questions

Electrical fundamentals (e.g., charge, current, voltage, resistance, power, energy)

Current and voltage laws (Kirchhoff, Ohm)

DC circuits

Equivalent circuits (series, parallel, Norton’s theorem, Thevenin’s theorem)

Capacitance and inductance

AC circuits (e.g., real and imaginary components, complex numbers, power factor, reactance and impedance)

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

Heat, Mass, and Energy Transfer

9 to 14 questions

Energy, heat, and work

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

Thermodynamic equilibrium

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

Thermodynamic processes (e.g., isothermal, adiabatic, reversible, irreversible)

Mixtures of nonreactive gases

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

Mass and energy balances

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

Phase equilibrium and phase change

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

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