The purpose of this book is to prepare you for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. In 2014, the NCEES adopted revised specifications for the exam. The council also transitioned from a paper- based version of the exam to a computer-based testing (CBT) version.
The FE exam now requires you to sit in front of a monitor, solve problems served up by the CBT system, access an electronic reference document, and perform you r scratch calculations on a reusable notepad. You may also use an on-screen calculator with which you will likely be unfamiliar. The experience of taking the FE exam will probably be unlike anything you have ever, or will ever again, experience in your career. Similarly, preparing for the exam will be unlike preparing for any other exam. The CBT FE exam presented three new challenges to me when I began preparing instructional material for it.
(1) The subjects in the testable body of knowledge are oddly limited and do not represent a complete cross section of the traditional engineering fundamentals subjects.
(2) The NCEES FE Reference Handbook (NCEES Handbook) is poorly organized, awkwardly formatted, inconsistent in presentation, and idiomatic in convention.
(3) Traditional studying, doing homework while working toward a degree, and working at your own desk as a career engineer are poor preparations for the CBT exam experience No existing exam review book overcomes all of these challenges. But I wanted you to have something that does.
So, in order to prepare you for the CBT FE exam, this book was designed and written from the ground up. In many ways, this book is as unconventional as the exam. This book covers all of the knowledge areas listed in the NCEES Electrical and Computer FE exam specifications. With the exceptions listed in "How to Use This Book" for better or worse, this book duplicates the terms, variables, and formatting of the NCEES Hand- book equations.
NCEES has selected what it believes to be all of the engineering fundamentals important to an early-career, minimally qualified engineer, and has distilled them into its single reference, the NCEES Handbook. Personally, I cannot accept the premise that engineers learn and use so little engineering while getting their degrees and during their first few career years. However, regardless of whether you accept the NCEES subset of engineering fundamentals, one thing is certain:
In serving as your sole source of formulas, theory, methods, and data during the exam, the NCEES Handbook severely limits the types of problems that can be included in the FE exam. The obsolete paper-based exam required very little knowledge outside of what was presented in the previous editions of the NCEES Handbook. That NCEES Hand- book supported a plug-and-chug examinee performance within a constrained body of knowledge. Based on the current FE exam specifications and the NCEES Hand- book, the CBT FE exam is even more limited than the old paper-based exam.
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