Environmental PE Exam

NCEES Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination
Environmental  Exam Specifications
As of April 2012

A few general points noted about the exam, which are followed by the detailed specifications.

• The exam is an 8-hour open-book exam. It contains 40 multiple-choice questions in the 4-hour morning session, and 40 multiple-choice questions in the 4-hour afternoon session. Examinee works all questions.
• The exam uses both the International System of units (SI) and the US Customary System (USCS).
• The exam is developed with questions that will require a variety of approaches and methodologies, including design, analysis, and application.
• The knowledge areas specified as examples of kinds of knowledge are not exclusive or exhaustive categories.

I.  Water 32%
A. Basic Principles 4%
1. Hydraulics/fluid mechanics
2. Chemistry
3. Biology/microbiology 
4. Fate and transport
5. Sampling and measurement methods 6. Hydrology/hydrogeology
B. Wastewater 10%
1. Sources of pollution and minimization/prevention
2. Treatment technologies and management
3. Collection systems 
4. Residuals management (solid, liquid, and gas) 
5. Codes, standards, regulations, and guidelines

C. Stormwater 4% 
1. Sources of pollution
2. Treatment technologies and management
3. Collection systems
4. Codes, standards, regulations, and guidelines
D. Potable Water 10%
1. Treatment technologies and management
2. Distribution systems
3. Residuals management (solid, liquid, and gas) 
4. Codes, standards, regulations, and guidelines
E. Water Resources 4% 
1. Sources of pollution
2. Codes, standards, regulations, and guidelines 3. Watershed management and planning
4. Source supply and protection

II. Solid Waste 18%
A. Basic Principles 3%
1. Chemistry
2. Fate and transport
3. Codes, standards, regulations, and guidelines
4. Risk assessment
5. Sampling and measurement methods
6. Minimization, reduction, and recycling
7. Thermodynamics
8. Hydrology/hydrogeology
9. Geology

B.  Municipal and Industrial Solid Waste 6%
1. Storage, collection, and transportation systems
2. Treatment and disposal technologies and management
C. Hazardous Waste 6%
1. Storage, collection, and transportation systems
2. Treatment and disposal technologies and management
D. Medical, Radioactive, and Other Waste 3%
1. Storage, collection, and transportation systems
2. Treatment and disposal technologies and management

III. Air 23%
A. Basic Principles 7%
1. Sampling and measurement methods
2. Codes, standards, regulations, and guidelines
3. Chemistry
4. Thermodynamics
5. Fate and transport
6. Atmospheric science and meteorology
B. Pollution Control 16%
1. Source categories
2. Emissions inventory
3. Treatment technologies
4. Pollution minimization and prevention

IV.    Site Assessment and Remediation 12%
A. Basic Principles 5%
1. Codes, standards, regulations, and guidelines
2. Chemistry and microbiology
3. Hydrology/hydrogeology 
4. Sampling and measurement methods
5. Risk assessment
6. Fate and transport
7. Pollution characterization
B. Site Assessment 3%
1. Site characterization
2. Historical considerations and land-use practices
3. Remediation alternative identification
C. Remediation 4%
1. Minimization/prevention
2. Remediation technologies and management
3. Remediation alternative identification

V. Environmental Health and Safety 8% 
A. Industrial Hygiene, Health, and Safety
B. Security, Emergency Preparedness, and Incident Response Procedures
C. Exposure Assessments
D. Radiation Protection/Health Physics
E. Vector Control, Sanitation, and Biohazards

F. Noise Pollution
G. Indoor Air Quality
H. Codes,Standards,Regulations,andGuidelines

VI. Associated Engineering Principles 7%
A. Mathematics and Statistics
B. Economics and Project Management
C. Sustainable Design
D. Mass and Energy Balance

 

Find Study Materials for the Exam Here