Structural Engineering Exam

NCEES 16 Hour Structural Engineering Exam Details

The Structural Engineering exam is typically the last step in become a fully licensed structural engineer. Refer to the NCEES exam schedule for upcoming exam dates. This exam is targeted for an engineer with 4 or more years of structural engineering experience after college graduation.  Exam specifications and references will be posted on the NCEES website 6 months prior to exam administration.

The exam consists of two 8 hour breadth and depth exams. On day one, the examinee will take the 8 hour Vertical Forces Component which focuses on gravity loads and incidental lateral loads (lateral earth pressures). Day 2 will consist of the 8 hour Lateral Forces Component. Each component consists of a 4 hour, multiple choice, breadth exam in the morning, and a 4 hour, essay style, depth exam in the afternoon. Examinees must choose either buildings or bridges for the afternoon portion of each component, and must make the same choice for both components.

This exam is open book, and the examinee is allowed to bring any reference to the exam provided it is bound, and stays bound throughout the test. Loose papers bound by a 3 ring binder, or other device, are acceptable. Refer to the calculator policy for a list of approved calculators for this exam.

The Structural Engineering Reference Manual by Alan Williams is a great resource for this exam.

Professional Engineering Exam

Professional Engineering Exam Details

The Professional Engineering exam is typically the last step in become a fully licensed professional engineer.  Refer to the NCEES exam schedule for upcoming exam dates. This exam is targeted for an engineer with 4 or more years of engineering experience after college graduation.  During exam registration each examinee must choose from one of the following modules for the afternoon portion of the exam:

The exam is an 8 hour breadth and depth multiple choice exam.  The 4 hour morning session is a 40 question breadth exam equally covering each of the above listed modules.  The 4 hour afternoon session is a 40 question depth exam covering only the module selected during registration.  This exam is open book, and the examinee is allowed to bring any reference to the exam provided it is bound, and stays bound throughout the test. Loose papers bound by a 3 ring binder, or other device, are acceptable. Refer to the calculator policy for a list of approved calculators for this exam.

One must have reference for this exam is the Civil Engineering Reference Manual by Michael R. Lindeburg.

Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Details

Designed for students who are within one year of completing their undergraduate degree in engineering, the Fundamentals of Engineering exam is typically the first step in becoming fully licensed as a Professional Engineer. A 4 hour general morning session, and a 4 hour discipline specific afternoon session constitute the 8 hour, multiple choice exam.  All examinees are  required to take the same morning exam, which tests basic math, science and engineering knowledge typically obtained in the first 2 years of an ABET accredited engineering program.    The afternoon portion of the exam tests engineering discipline specific knowledge typically gained in the first 3 years of an ABET accredited program.  Examinees choose 1 of the following 7 modules for the afternoon portion of the exam (click on the link for exam details) :

The Fundamentals of Engineering exam is closed book, and each examinee will be given a reference manual on exam day.  A copy of this manual may be purchased at http://www.ncees.org/Exams/Study_materials.php?exam=FE&product=1R  for review prior to exam day.