BEE 5330 Engineering Professionalism, 1 credit FE Review
Where and When:
Wednesday Lectures: Room 255 Olin Hall (weeks 2-7, 12); 7:30 to 8:45 pm
Monday Help Sessions: 7:30-9:00 (Hollister Room 368); starts Monday Feb 6 (for Math HMWK #1)
The FE review course will meet Wednesday nights 7:30 -8:45 pm in a lecture session format (Olin Hall Room 255). You must attend 5 of the 7 lectures to obtain full credit (3% for each attendance). Each week, we will provide an optional “help session” on Monday evenings (Hollister Room 368). Some weeks there will be no Wednesday lectures (weeks 8, 9, &10); our last lecture is Wednesday April 12 Week 12. The Monday evening help sessions will be used as a work group session where the subject matter professor identified on the syllabus and/or along with student TA’s will be present to answer questions and provide help with that week’s homework. Group interaction is encouraged. The weekly homeworks are due Tuesdays (11:59 pm) the day after the Monday help session and are submitted only through Blackboard.
- Senior or graduate student standing
- Students are strongly encouraged sign up to take the NY Fundamental of Engineering (FE) exam held throughout the year in consecutive months starting January & February with one month between the next pair of active months, i.e., no exams given in March, but April & May, not June, etc. Students are to sign up directly with the NCEES site (see ncees.org). Each state has Pearson testing centers (similar to GRE exam or SAT’s); in NY, the closest are: 421-423 E. Main Street, Endicott, NY, and 6700 Kirkville Rd, E. Syracuse, NY. These exams are 5 hrs + 20 minutes total, with a break in middle. You no longer have to complete Form 1 and Form 20; you do file a Form 2 with your Department towards end of the semester & we turn them in as a block to the Engineering Registrar (ER) to certify that you have graduated (post tense) and then the ER sends the forms to NY State for record filing.
Instructors M.B. Timmons, (BEE) and J.R. Stedinger (CEE)
FE Topic Leaders R. Rand (T&AM), J.D. Albertson (CEE), Matthew Reid and Damian Helbling (CEE), Elizabeth Fisher (MAE), and K. Gebremedhin (BEE)
Final exam Take-home FE exam (posted already on blackboard)
Grading Letter grade or S/U (to count as 1-credit engineering science elective, student must select letter grade).
Attendance (3% per week for required five lecture sessions) 15%
Weekly Homework assignment (10 assignments, 8 required at 8% each) 64%
Final Exam (taking the posted FE exam) 21%
A ≥ 90%; B≥80%; C≥70%; D≥60%.
All homework is done and submitted on Blackboard. You are encouraged to work in groups, but each person must submit homework individually. Be careful NOT to miss the deadlines (Tuesday evenings 11:59 pm) as Bb will not allow you to post your HW after the deadline.
- Lindeburg, M.R., 2011. FE Review Manual, 3rd Ed. Professional Publications, Inc. Belmont, CA. Text available from Amazon:
- Looks like the ‘best’ deal this year is to buy from Amazon ($21.48 rent to $65 purchase):
- Be careful NOT to buy a 2nd edition version, since the book changed substantially in the 3rdYou can also purchase discipline specific review manuals from either Amazon of PPI (ppi2pass.com):
- Fundamentals of Engineering Supplied-Reference Handbook, 9.4 edition. Available on-line for free from the NCEES; http://ncees.org/exams/study-materials/download-fe-supplied-reference-handbook/. This text is your CRITICAL tool to pass the FE exam.
- Tetteh, M.O. and M.B. Timmons, 2003. The Engineering Code of Ethics and Its Application (130 pages). Cayuga Aqua Ventures, Ithaca, NY. Available on Blackboard.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The 1-credit FE review course will be dedicated to review materials associated with the NY Fundamentals of Engineering exam. A few hours of out-of-class time will be required each week to complete practice FE exam questions. Your primary help will come from the instructor for the particular week of the semester (subject matter area specific). The course final exam is a practice FE exam and this exam will require 8 or more hours to complete. We have had a 99% passing rate for the FE exam for all our students over the last 8 years, and 7 out of 8 years had a perfect passing record.
Note, that when submitting your homework via Blackboard, you are allowed unlimited attempts, but your score for that homework will be the score of your final attempt. For the Final Exam, you are only allowed one attempt to submit as a final score; you can have the system ‘save’ your work so you do not have to complete at one sitting. Once you are satisfied with all your answers, then you submit at which point your work is electronically scored and recorded. Be careful.
Example: Content of FE Exam for Other Disciplines (see NCEES.org for content of Specific Discipline Exams)
- Mathematics and Advanced Engineering Mathematics 12–18
- Probability and Statistics 6–9
- Chemistry 7–11
- Instrumentation and Data Acquisition 4–6
- Ethics and Professional Practice 3–5
- Safety, Health, and Environment 4–6
- Engineering Economics 7–11
- Statics 8–12
- Dynamics 7–11
- Strength of Materials 8–12
- Materials Science 6–9
- Fluid Mechanics and Dynamics of Liquids 8–12
- Fluid Mechanics and Dynamics of Gases 4–6
- Electricity, Power, and Magnetism 7–11
- Heat, Mass, and Energy Transfer 9–14
Total problems 110
Where Can I Find More Information?
- NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying), ncees.org
- NYS Professional Engineering – Licensing requirements
Jane W. Blair, PE, Executive Secretary
NY State Boards for Engineering and Land Surveying, & Interior Design
Office of the Professions – New York State Education Department
89 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12234; 518-474-3817 ext. 140 518-473-6282 – fax
- NYS Professional Engineering – Application forms www.op.nysed.gov/prof/pels/peforms.htm (<– copy and paste into your browser)
- Nadine Porter and Jery Stedinger: Administrative Assistant and Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Cornell University, 221 Hollister Hall; email@example.com 607-255-3412
- Michael Timmons: Professor, Biological and Environmental Engineering
Cornell University, 302 Riley-Robb Hall; firstname.lastname@example.org 607-255-1630; cell 607.227.5638