Professional Engineering Review Course
Become a Professional Engineer
The professional engineer is licensed to practice engineering as defined by recent changes in the New York state education law. You become a professional engineer by taking the New York State Professional Engineer's License Examination:
Part A: Engineering Fundamentals, General (Other Discipline)
Part B: Principles and Practice of Engineering: Economics, Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical
Professional Engineering Review Courses at Hofstra can help you prepare for these important exams!
WHO should take these exams?
Practicing engineers and recent engineering school graduates.
- Recent Changes In Professional Engineering Examinations (See "Addtional Information" Tab)
- Do You Qualify? (See "Addtional Information" Tab)
WHY become a professional engineer?
Being a professional engineer helps further your career.
-The Professional Engineer (See "Addtional Information" Tab)
WHY choose Hofstra's review classes?
Of all the engineers in the past 49 years who have taken the review course at Hofstra before the NYS exam, 87 percent passed Part A and 82 percent passed Part B.
- Purpose Of The Professional Engineering Review Program (See "Addtional Information" Tab)
- Faculty (See "Addtional Information" Tab)
WHEN are the classes and exams scheduled?
Review classes for Part A begin September 21, 2013, and review classes for Part B begin December 7, 2013. The examinations will be given October 25, 2013, and April 11, 2014.
- Schedule and Registration (See "Schedule & Registration" Tab)
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CONTENT OF PART A COURSES
P.E. PART A: FE (CBT) Engineering Fundamentals — Other Disciplines (Formerly "General") — 10.8 C.E.U.
Course Code E0961-01 — $995
The review course for Part A consists of 108 hours of study of basic theory and solution of typical problems in engineering fundamentals taken from previous examinations and described in detail as follows:
Dynamics: Kinematics and kinetics; impulse and momentum; impact work; energy; power; dynamic friction and vibrations.
Strength of Materials: Stress types; combined stresses; stress and strain; shear and moment diagrams; analysis of beams, trusses, frames and columns; deflection and deformations failure theory and analysis.
Electrical, Power, and Magnetism: Electrical fundamentals; current and voltage laws; DC circuits; equivalent circuits; capacitance and inductance; AC circuits and measuring devices.
Engineering Economics: True value of money; cost; economic analysis;, uncertainty; and project selection.
Heat, Mass, and Energy Transfer: Energy, heat and work; thermodynamic laws, equilibrium, properties and processes; mixtures of nonreactive gases; heat transfer; property and phase diagrams; phase equilibrium and phase change; combustion and combustion processes; psychometrics.
Chemistry: Periodic table; oxidation and reduction; acids and bases; equations and gas laws.
Mathematics and Advanced Engineering Mathematics: Analytic geometry; calculus; differential equations; numerical methods and linear algebra.
Statics: Resultants of force systems and vector analysis; concurrent force systems; force couple systems; equilibrium of rigid bodies, frames and trusses; properties of sections; static friction.
Fluid Mechanics and Dynamics of Liquids and Gases: Fluid properties; dimensionless numbers; laminar and turbulent flow; fluid statics; energy, impulse and momentum equations; pipe flow and friction losses; open-channel flow; fluid transport systems; flow measurement and turbomachinery.
Materials Science: Physical, mechanical, chemical, electrical properties of ferrous, nonferrous metals and engineered materials; corrosion mechanisms and control.
Probability and Statistics: Measures of central tendencies and dispersions; probability distributions; estimation; expected value; sample distribution and sizes; goodness of fit.
CONTENT OF PART B COURSES
P.E. PART B: Principles and Practice
To reflect recent changes in the New York state engineering examinations, which limit the candidate to choose problems from only one major field of engineering, the following three courses devoted to Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering will be offered. Each course consists of 56 hours of study devoted to the specialty area and 4 hours to engineering economics as hereinafter described.
With the introduction of the "breadth" and "depth" multiple choice examinations, each registrant is advised that each of the Part B engineering specialty courses prepares the engineer only for the morning "breadth" examination. Additional individual study and preparation is required of each registrant to prepare for the afternoon "depth" examination, except for the Electrical Engineering Power course.
Engineering Economics: A review of the following topics: discrete and continuous compound interest; comparison of simple and complex alternate proposals, including replacement decisions, by means of rate-of-return, present worth and annual cost comparisons; income tax considerations; comparison of depreciation methodology; minimum cost and break-even analysis; and handling risk by statistical means.
P.E. B Civil Engineering — 6.O C.E.U.
Course Code E1021-01 — $995
A review devoted to design of beams and columns; analysis of statically indeterminate structures; reinforced concrete design; hydraulics — fluid flow in pipes and open channels; transportation and highway engineering; environmental engineering — water supply and waste water treatment; and miscellaneous topics in soils and foundations. Latest A.I.S.C., A.C.I. and N.D.S. specifications are used throughout course.
P.E. B Electrical Engineering — 6.O C.E.U.
Course Code E1031-01 — $995
A review devoted to the POWER EXAM, which includes general power engineering, codes and standards, circuit analysis, rotating machines, electromagnetic devices, protection and grounding, transmission and distribution. (Reviews for the COMPUTER and ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONICS exams will be offered only if there is sufficient advance interest.)
P.E. B Mechanical Engineering — 6.O C.E.U.
Course Code E1041-01 — $995
A review devoted to heat transfer; power plants; air conditioning and refrigeration; gas dynamics and propulsion; machine design; vibrations; pressure vessels; and miscellaneous topics in mechanical design, energy and control systems, and thermal and fluid processes.
A knowledge of basic principles on the part of the student is assumed in each of the Part B — Principles and Practice of Engineering review courses, and the preceding distribution of hours into specific specialties should be considered tentative.
SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION
Mail: Complete registration form and mail with payment to:
Dr. Ronald J. Alvarez
Professional Engineering Review Program
109 Weed Hall, 133 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1330
Fax: Fax completed registration form with credit card information to 516-463-4939.
In person: Visit the Professional Engineering Review Program office, 109 Weed Hall, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., or Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Please bring a check, money order or credit card, as cash cannot be accepted.
Late registration will take place for two weeks after each course begins. The fee for each course is $995. Registrants who have already taken Part A at Hofstra University receive a $100 discount for Part B. Reduced fees are offered to members of the sponsoring organizations indicated on the registration form. Many firms reimburse fees if the applicant passes the examination.
To provide a mutually convenient time for engineers in industry, courses are offered Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (4 hours per class). P.E. A and P.E. B are given concurrently and cannot be taken during the same year. Registrants will be notified of room assignments. P.E. A begins September 21, 2013, and P.E. B begins December 7, 2013.
A portion of the Fundamentals examination is given in six engineering areas: general, chemical, civil, industrial, electrical and mechanical. The review course at Hofstra is specifically tailored to only the general exam and covers exactly the same subject areas as the morning session, to avoid studying and preparing for two examination areas.
Part B consists of two 4-hour sessions on principles and practices of engineering in each of four major engineering fields: chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical. The candidate may answer problems from only one major field. Economics may be included in any problem in any specialty area. While all parts are corrected by NCEES, Part A is currently machine-scored. The only reference material permitted for Part A is supplied to the candidate on the day of the exam. Although Part B is still open book, both the morning "breadth" examination and the afternoon "depth" examination are multiple choice and are machine scored.
Purpose Of The Professional Engineering Review Program
The primary purpose of this program is to provide an adequate review of and preparation for all parts of the revised Professional Engineer's Licensing Examinations. The courses are designed for the Uniform Examinations of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), recently adopted by the New York State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. These courses are available to persons who qualify under New York State Education Law requirements to take the April 2014 examinations. No degree credit is granted for these courses; however, Continuing Education Units (C.E.U.) are given.
The "professional engineer," as defined by recent changes in the New York State Education Law, is a person who is licensed to practice engineering and defined as performing professional services such as consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning, design, or supervision of construction or operation, in connection with any utilities, structures, buildings, machines, equipment, processes, works, or projects, wherein the safeguarding of life, health and property is concerned or involved, when such service or work requires the application of engineering principles and data. To practice as a professional engineer, New York state, together with all other states of the Union, requires a license. It is unlawful for any person to practice or to offer to practice the profession of engineering unless duly licensed. To become duly licensed, a person is required to pass a two-part series of professional engineering examinations in addition to satisfying engineering education and experience requirements. Passing of Part A qualifies a person as an intern engineer.
Recent Changes In Professional Engineering Examinations
In 1970 the New York State Board of Examiners of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors adopted the Uniform Examinations of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The PE examinations will be given October 25, 2013, and April 11, 2014, to conform to the schedule of the NCEES. The FE exams will be given via computer-based testing beginning in 2014. When that happens, the exams will be given during assigned windows of time rather than specific April and October dates. 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).
The FE (CBT) examinations will be given in the following seven engineering areas: other disciplines (formerly "General"), chemical, civil, industrial, electrical & computer, environmental and mechanical. The review course at Hofstra is specifically tailored to only the "other disciplines" FE (CBT) examination. Part B consists of two 4-hour sessions on principles and practices of engineering in each of four major engineering fields: chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical. The candidate may answer problems from only one major field. Economics may be included in any problem in any specialty area. While all parts are corrected by NCEES, Part A is computer-scored. The only reference material permitted for Part A is supplied to the candidate on the day of the exam as an electronic reference. Part B is still an open book exam. Both the morning "breadth" examination and the afternoon "depth" examination are multiple choice and are machine-scored.
Ronald J. Alvarez, B.C.E., M.S. in C.E., Ph.D.; Program Director, Professor of Engineering, Hofstra University; Registered Professional Engineer, New York; Certificate of Qualifications, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.
Craig Capria, B.S., M.S.; Associate Professor of Engineering, Nassau Community College; Registered Professional Engineer, New York.
Timothy J. Driscoll, B.E.E, M.S. in E.E.; Adjunct Professor, Stony Brook University/SUNY; Registered Professional Engineer, New York.
Paul Grosser, B.E., M.E., Ph.D.; President, P.W. Grosser Consulting; Registered Professional Engineer, New York.
Peter Healy, B.S.C.E., M.S. in C.E., M.B.A. (Finance); Registered Professional Engineer, New York.
Margaret Hunter, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Engineering, Hofstra University.
Richard A. Jensen, B.E., M.S., D.Sc.; Associate Professor of Engineering, Hofstra University; Registered Professional Engineer, New York.
Thore Omholt, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.; Professor Emeritus, State University of New York Maritime College.
Joshua Phinney, B.A., B.S., S.M., Ph.D.; Registered Professional Engineer, New York.
Richard Puerzer, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Engineering, Hofstra University
Frantz St. Phar, B.S.E.E., M.S. in System Engineering; Registered Professional Engineer, New York.
Timothy Tweedy, B.C.E., M.S.C.E.; Professor of Civil Engineering, Nassau Community College; Registered Professional Engineer, New York.
Do You Qualify?
The Part A "Fundamentals of Engineering" examination may be taken after graduation from an approved engineering degree program. The Part B "Engineering Specialties" examination may be taken after an additional four years of acceptable engineering experience. Part A may also be taken if the applicant has completed six years of engineering education/experience. Twelve years of education/experience are required for Part B. The education/experience credit for each part may be satisfied with various combinations of education and experience. Each calendar year completed in an ABET or equivalent engineering degree program is given two years of education/experience credit to a maximum of eight years, whereas each calendar year completed toward a regionally accredited engineering degree or an ABET or equivalent engineering technology degree is also given two years' education/experience credit, but limited to a maximum of six years. The filing deadline for the April 11, 2014, New York State Professional Engineering PE examinations is October 19, 2013, but verify this date with New York state. Check with New York state for filing deadlines for the FE (CBT) examination.