Industrial PE Exam

NCEES Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination
Industrial  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. Some questions may require knowledge of engineering economics, probability and statistics, operations research techniques, engineering management systems, project management, and codes and standards (e.g., ISO, OSHA, MILSTD, and NIOSH).
•    The knowledge areas specified as examples of kinds of knowledge are not exclusive or exhaustive categories.

I.    Facilities Engineering and Planning 20%
A.    Facility Requirements 10%
1. Capacity analysis (e.g., space, people, equipment)
2. Activity analysis (e.g., REL charts, FROM-TO charts)
3. Process flow analysis (e.g., flow lines, job shops, cellular manufacturing)
B.    Facility Design Alternatives 10%
1.    Site selection factors and methods (e.g., least cost assignment methods, 
center of gravity rule)
2.    Layout techniques (e.g., systematic layout planning, computer-aided 
3.    Material handling techniques and equipment (e.g., unit load design, 
conveyors, AGVs)
II.    Systems Analysis and Design 20%
A.    Analysis and Design Processes 12%
1.    System analysis and design tools (e.g., input/output analysis, affinity 
diagrams, Pareto charts)
2.    Value analysis and engineering (e.g., projected cost flow, projected 
value stream analysis)
3.    Types of manufacturing processes (e.g., discrete versus continuous, 
turning, injection molding)
B.    Costing and Performance Measurement 8%
1.    Cost accounting (e.g., product and process costing, standard costs, 
activity-based costing)
2.    Performance measures and applications (e.g., leading and lagging 
measures, metrics)
III.    Logistics 20%
A.    Production Planning and Control 15%
1. Forecasting methods (e.g., exponential smoothing, seasonal methods)
2. Aggregate planning
3. Traditional strategies (e.g., MRP, MRP II, JIT) 
4. Lean manufacturing 5. Scheduling
6. Inventory control
B.    Distribution and Storage/Warehousing Methods 5%
1. Direct shipment, warehousing, cross-docking
2. Transshipment
3. Routing
IV.    Work Design 12%
A.    Methods to Measure Work 6%
1. Motion study
2. Operations process charts
3. Predetermined time systems 
4. Work sampling
B.    Methods Design and Analysis 6%
1. Workstation design
2. Worker capacity analysis (e.g., lefthand-righthand, multiple activity, 
work distribution charts)
V.    Ergonomics and Safety 13%
A.    Risk Factors and Exposure Limits 8%
1. Back injuries (e.g., NIOSH lifting equation)
2. Cumulative trauma disorders of the upper extremities (e.g., force, 
frequency, awkward postures, vibration, cold temperatures, Rapid 
Upper Limb Assessment)
3. Noise (e.g., calculation of OSHA noise PELs)
B.    Design Issues 5%
1. Job design issues (e.g., worker satisfaction)
2. Workplace design/human machine interface design (e.g., use of 
anthropometric data)
VI.    Quality Engineering 15%
A.    Quality Control 10%
1. Control charts (e.g., X-bar and R charts, p and np charts)
2. Acceptance sampling (e.g., single and double sampling, MILSTD 105E)
3. Process capability analysis (e.g., cp, cpk) 
4. Design for quality (e.g., design of experiments, Taguchi methods)
5. Qualitative approaches (e.g., Total Quality Management, Kaizen, ISO)
B.    Reliability and Maintainability 5%
1.    Component and system reliability (e.g. fault-tree analysis, failure modes, 
2.    Maintenance strategies (e.g., predictive, preventive)


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